Community Development Institute Mentor Teacher in Hyannis, Massachusetts
GENERAL SUMMARY: This position is responsible for assisting in the improvement of early learning through analysis and application of ECE best practice methods, identification and management of professional development opportunities, and follow-up and coaching of strategies related to individual professional development plan goals. This position may be called upon to provide backup to classrooms when needed. Duties of the position are described in major functional areas listed below. Additional duties may be assigned. PRIMARY REPONSIBILTIES: Program Development Participates in the development and implementation of an agency-wide T/TA Plan. In classrooms, performs assessments, observations, develops action plans, monitors and has follow-up meetings with staff when necessary. Develops and facilitates a positive community presence in the community, focusing on networking opportunities, enhancement of volunteer participation and educational awareness efforts in regard to program needs. Provides demonstration of best practices in the area of professional development. Leads professional development activities, including formation of learning communities. Participates in a formalized peer review process as a formative evaluator. Classroom Parent Involvement and Community Relations Sets up system to assure programs needs for parent involvement in each classroom are met. Establishes positive and productive relationships with families focusing on a relationship of trust and rapport with the parents of the children. Participates in the orientation of parents to Head Start/Early Head Start throughout the year. Facilitates and supports monthly Parent Committee meetings at the center. Schedules and arranges meetings, and documents parent-teacher conferences and home visits as required. RECORD KEEPING AND FISCAL Maintains filing, tracking and documentation systems. Submits verbal and/or written reports to supervisor and/or the Program Director on the activities and status of the center on a regular basis. Monitors staff attendance, meals served, collects and initials all staff time sheets and leave requests, verifying accuracy. SUPERVISION AND TRAINING With the manager/specialist/coordinator in charge of early childhood education, plans and implements pre-service and on-going in-service for classroom staff. Conducts staff meetings and arranges for training and Family Nights and Parent Committees for parents and staff.Maintains minutes, sign in sheets, in-kind forms, training logs, etc. Provides supervision and evaluation of assigned staff at the center including hiring and termination in accordance with CDI Head Start Employee Handbook: human resources policies and procedures and Head Start/Early Head Start regulations. Assists manager/specialist/coordinator in charge of early childhood education to work with individual Teachers to develop training plans for obtaining an AA degree of higher in Early Childhood Education. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum of a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education, or related field, such as education, social or behavioral science that must include at least eighteen semester hours in Early Childhood Education; at least one course in special education and a certificate from MA DEEC as a Preschool Lead Teacher and/or Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher required. Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area).