Assist and coach teaching staff to create an enriched and developmentally appropriate environment for children while supporting quality improvement and career goals for Teachers and Teacher Assistants.
Essential Duties and Responsibilitiesmayinclude but not limited to the following:
Conduct classroom observations and report on the CLASS form
Establish CLASS goals based on CLASS observations and provide resources and support to education staff
Support teaching staff in developing and maintaining children’s performance using the curriculum and assessment tools provided by Head Start for Kent County
For teaching staff; model best practices for adult/child interaction, based on the CLASS assessment and NAEYC
Collaboration with Department
Work in conjunction with staff to reach the program goals of educational excellence
Help design, compile, and distribute activity kits, prop boxes, and other instructional materials when requested
Collaborate with fellow Early Learning Coach Specialist on techniques to use in classroom
Collaborates with the Special Needs and site staff to meet individual needs of the children by improving the overall functions of the classrooms
Implement and guide PBIS and all of the components while continuously supporting a proactive and positive approach to behavior guidance
Observe classroom behaviors; provide feedback too Site Supervisor and teachers on observations
Role model appropriate behavior techniques for staff
Mentor new Teachers when needed
Act as third person in a conflicting classroom to help assess classroom needs and suggest changes that can be implemented to help ensure a successful room
Training and Development
In conjunction with all staff and parents; develop, promote, and implement trainings emphasizing activities that support the holistic development of the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning framework
Present and/or aid in presentation of information at workshops for parents, staff or community members
Initiates site teaching team meetings to enhance the quality of early childhood practices
Works with education staff to develop goals that will improve the quality of teacher and child interactions
Attend CLASS training(s) as deemed necessary
Generate and compile documentation and reports as required
Provide follow up documentation when required
No Supervisory Responsibilities.
Bachelors degree with a stated major in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (or) a Bachelors degree in any area that includes a minimum of eight (8) courses with a total of thirty (30) credit hours in ECE/CD or equivalent in training and experience (5-7 years.) A minimum of two years pre-school classroom experience is also required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience:
Knowledge of and experience with Head Start Performance Standards preferred. Knowledge of state of Michigan Licensing rules and regulations, and knowledge of NAEYC accreditation preferred. Bilingual helpful but not required. Must obtain CPR /First Aide at earliest opportunity. Knowledge of and experience of Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
Must have advanced level written and oral communication skills, have strong attention to detail. Ability to effectively and clearly communicate information and ideas with willingness to share knowledge, skills, and expertise with others.
Must have intermediate computer skills and be knowledgeable of Microsoft office.
Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Work well in group problem solving situations. Using reason and restraint even when dealing with emotional topics. Ability to adapt to and solve challenging situations applying common sense understanding to all work situations.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Teamwork –Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed..
Job Knowledge – Understands job requirements; communicates effectively as required to do the job.
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions.
Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Develops realistic action plans.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to read and interpret written information.
Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments.
Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Follows through on commitments
About Head Start for Kent County
Every child deserves a good start. At Head Start for Kent County we help children from low-income families in Kent County, Michigan, get that start by providing comprehensive education programs and health services. We encourage intellectual, social and emotional growth by offering holistic, family-centered services in a supportive environment. Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer safe, consistent child development services for children from birth to age five.