At Martha’s Table, we believe in the power of community – a strong community. For over 35 years, we have offered a continuum of support — through which we offer access to healthy food and quality education — in order to strengthen the lives of children and their families, and build stronger, healthier communities.
Through our Healthy Start program, we provide nationally accredited, high-quality early education and out of school time programming and the health and life supports to ensure a great start for children from 3 months to 13 years of age.
At Martha’s Table, we’re redefining quality. We know that children need high-quality, accessible early education that employs a comprehensive approach and engages parents in the learning process. And in the last year, we’ve made key investments in our Healthy Start program in order to increase our instructional quality:
We’ve established a partnership with education consultants from the AppleTree Institute to sharpen our infant and toddler curriculum and our teaching strategies;
We’ve required that every teacher attend on-site professional development training led by early childhood experts each month;
We've added an Mentor teachers and a literacy coach to our staff to provide continuous ongoing instructional support and guidance to our teachers in the classroom;and
Our Healthy Start leadership provides weekly professional development sessions to all of our Healthy Start teachers in order to strengthen teacher knowledge and expertise in early childhood and youth development theory, research and practice to enhance each teacher's ability to implement effective instructional practices.
With rising literacy and classroom quality scores, we’re on the path to ensuring excellence in every classroom and equipping each of our students with a healthy start.
Reporting to the Director of ECE (Maycroft) or Director of ECE (the Commons), the Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher will provide the highest caliber of instruction to infants and toddlers. The Lead Teacher will design, drive, and support enriching and engaging learning environments for their students in a highly collaborative, developmentally appropriate, outcomes-driven environment.
Duties & Responsibilities: Leadership of Classroom Instruction
Lead on the implementation of evidence-based, responsive, intentional, and developmentally appropriate curriculum, instruction, and teacher-child interactions
Implement high-quality developmentally-appropriate curriculum and learning activities aligned to DC Early Learning Standards including but not limited to the Creative Curriculum
Implement education plans and other required documentation for children and the classroom, ensuring that all reports are accurate and complete
Create and maintain a classroom space that offers children an attractive, engaging environment for learning based on best practices
Manage and direct the activities of teacher’s assistants and other adults working with students in the classroom
Assessment, Data, and Individual Support
Support student mastery of developmental and learning standards by analyzing student data and working with colleagues to respond to the data with targeted teaching
Implementation of developmental screenings on all children including but not limited to Ages and Stages
Refer students suspected of having a learning disability to the Director or Assistant Director
Implement IFSPs (Individual Family Service Plan) or IEPs (Individualized Education Plan) as needed and participate in the process of creating these documents
Provide ongoing observation and authentic assessment of individual children and maintain a comprehensive portfolio assessment for each child
Attend and at times, plan and implement, targeted professional development sessions and trainings for teachers with a focus on infants and toddlers
Respond to regular, direct instructional coaching feedback as well as feedback from rigorous, widely-accepted program evaluation tools
Meet with the Academic Coach/Specialist on a weekly basis to discuss the classroom, instruction, and the needs of individual students
Develop effective communication and partnership with families
Conduct a minimum of three parent conferences a year to discuss child development with parents and/or guardians
Collaborate with the Infant and Toddler Parent Specialist to promote individual students’ goals related to early communication and development, fine and gross motor skills, and the development of social and self-care skills
Guide and support students’ acquisition of social skills including eating meals with children and helping them develop self-help skills
Support and provide Continuum of Care to help children develop secure relationships
Be responsible for children’s safety at all times and in all settings
Complete all required reports involved in compliance and instruction
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood education or an Early Childhood related field, with an identified area of specialization, a must.
2-3 years of early childhood program experience preferred
Infant and toddler focus preferred
Knowledge OSSE compliance and DC Early Learning Standards preferred
Knowledge of NAEYC standards preferred
Teaching experience in multicultural environments serving vulnerable or underserved populations preferred
Proficiency in multiple software applications including most Microsoft Office products
Experience using assessment data to inform teacher experience
Excellent interpersonal communications skills (oral and written)
Able to partner with families in support of a child’s growth and development
Commitment to Martha’s Table’s mission
About Martha's Table
For over 37 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity for their brightest future and a deeply engaged family and community committed to their success.