Group Teacher - Head Start

Educational Alliance
Date Posted: 09/07/2017
Salary / Wage:
Location: New York, New York
Job Type: Teacher

Description:

JOB PURPOSE

Plan and implement developmentally appropriate practice for assigned classroom

Provide consistent and responsive care; and create daily routines and meaningful experiences that are responsive to children's strengths, interests, and needs.

Ensure safety and security of children

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE

  • Direct a class of infant/toddlers through daily activities
  • Communicate with families about the children’s progress and work.

Responsibilities:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Planning, Preparation + Curriculum Development

  • Construct curriculum with input from Assistant Teacher, providing activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels of the children; help to plan, prepare and develop various teaching aids for use in classroom and lead classroom activities.
  • Share in documenting, analyzing and planning from observations
  • Weekly planning meetings with teaching team
  • Ensure that Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is being implemented in its entirety and meeting all regulatory mandated deadlines

Classroom Environment

  • Responsible for the overall implementation of program policies and procedures, curriculum, and on-going communication with support and supervisory staff
  • Responsible for maintaining statutorily required teacher-child ratios in classroom during program operation
  • Using best early childhood education practices, create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of students with an emphasis on language development and emergent literacy skills
  • Create a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome
  • Organizing physical space and selection of materials in a way that is inviting and accessible for children

Interactions with Children

  • Maintain primary care responsibilities for assigned classroom children and families; follow guidance and leadership of a Lead/Group Teacher.
  • Model developmentally appropriate activities and positive behavior management techniques through daily contact with children and early childhood staff in the classroom.
  • Conduct screening and preparation of children to fully participate in program services; ensure Assistant Teacher is appropriately screening children
  • Assist with implementation of children’s individual development plans.
  • Heat up/serve lunches, maintain a clean, safe and orderly classroom.
  • Direct classroom procedures including transitions, routines and small groups
  • Translating and coaching children through conflicts with problem solving

Relationships with Families

  • Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families
  • Communicating consistently with families 
  • Participate in home visits, parent meetings and developmental screenings.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Share in documenting children’s work, development and progress, ensuring that all Head Start Performance Standards are met.
  • Collaborative and professional relationship with colleagues 
  • Participate in weekly professional learning meetings as a whole staff 
  • Participate in all staff development programs and activities, and demonstrate a willingness to put new ideas into practice; attend all trainings and other required meetings, which may be held outside of regular schedule.
  • Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct and decision making
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • *If applicable, provide Human Resources with proof of progress for every semester while on a study plan

Qualifications:

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Required Knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd grade) or related field required  
  • NYS Certification in Birth – 2nd Grade required
  • 2 years experience in a classroom setting preferred
  • Ability to lead class and provide loving, supportive and caring environment for children in a play-based, emergent curriculum early childhood setting
  • Classroom management skills, ability to work within guidelines of a multi-service agency
  • Team player, able to work with a co-teacher, interact comfortably with parents and co-workers
  • Strong oral and written communication with parents, children and co-workers
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements of working with young children, including walking up and down stairs, sitting on the floor, and lifting a child
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin or Cantonese preferred

Application Instructions:

Please apply here: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=theeducat&jobId=66241&lang=en_US&source=CC3