Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:08 PM
Job Description Head Start Assistant Teacher Brightside Academy is seeking enthusiastic and energetic individuals to join our team. The Head Start Assistant Teachers provide and maintain a positive and appropriate educational program that meets the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the children within their care. About Brightside Academy: With 20 years of experience, Brightside Academy is a leading provider of child care and early education. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, we employ over 1,200 people and serve over 7,000 children per day in our academies located in multiple cities across Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.We believe that child care involves more than babysitting. Studies prove that 85% of brain development occurs before the age of five. Brightside Academy’s quality early childhood education program provides the appropriate experiences a child needs to connect brain synapses, which are at the root of learning and skill development.Children are born with the tools needed to learn and they are eager to learn. Brightside Academy helps lead children to their potential with state-of-the-art facilities that enhance their experiences and prepare them for a lifetime of learning. About this role: As a professional individual, the classroom Head Start Assistant Teacher works closely with the Head Start Lead Teacher, as well as the academy to provide and maintain a positive and appropriate educational program that meets the Head Start Performance Standards. The focus of the program is to provide comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to the participants. Primary Job Responsibilities: The assistant teacher shares responsibility for a Head Start classroom of 3- to 5-year-old children. This position works collaboratively with the teacher, family members and other staff to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities. This position is a full time/year round position with Head Start and academy education support responsibilities. Essential Duties: Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:The Assistant Teacher’s responsibilities fall within the following core functions, although this position may perform other tasks as needed: Planning Program Implementation Family Partnerships Communication and Service Coordination Record Keeping and Reporting Ongoing Monitoring and Self-Assessment Supervision and Human Resources Child Growth & Development Planning Assist in ensuring that the written curriculum includes: o goals for children’s development and learning; o the experiences through which children will achieve these goals; o what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals; o the materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum towards achieving the stated goals; o support for the social and emotional development of children. Responsible for collaborating with the Lead Teacher in the preparation of daily lesson plans. Post the completed lesson plans for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom. Assist in the development of individual plans for each child including goal-setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established child outcomes. Program Implementation Follow program curriculum providing developmentally and linguistically appropriate experiences appropriate to age, language and culture of children served. Implement experiential learning activities advancing the intellectual and emotional competence of infants and toddlers. Provide positive guidance and discipline supporting children as they acquire readiness skills for kindergarten and beyond. Implement daily lesson plans in response to children’s needs and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping, knowledge of early childhood development and key experiences. Implement Individual Family Services Plans (IFSPs) for children with disabilities. Provide children with a consistent classroom routine. Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of children at all times in accordance with Early Head Start and day care licensing requirements. Supervise and eat nutritionally prepared meals and/or snacks with the children as a curriculum activity, to model good nutrition and proper social skills for infants and toddlers. Supervise all classroom field trips and outdoor activities. Understand regulations associated with prevention of disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination. Family Partnerships Invite parent involvement in the development of the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education. Provide opportunities for parents to increase their child observation skills and to share assessments with staff that help plan the learning experiences. Encourage parent participation in staff-parent conferences and home visits discussing their child’s development and education. Establish positive and productive relationships with families focusing on building trust and rapport. Work with Lead Teacher to schedule and complete two home visits per year and at least two parent-teacher conferences per year. Participate in parent orientation and ongoing parent trainings as required. Identify and refer parents wanting to volunteer in the classroom, work as substitutes or in other volunteer activities to Family Advocate. Support parent volunteers in classroom as needed. Communication and Service Coordination Share pertinent information with Family Advocate ensuring coordinated services to meet the needs of individual children and families. Participate in case conferences as appropriate. Maintain regular contact with parents and complete appropriate documentation. Direct developmental concerns to the Family Services and Health and/or Disabilities Coordinator. Record Keeping and Recording Request supplies as needed and participate in classroom/program inventory as requested. Gather and maintain individual, family and classroom data for documentation, on-going assessment, evaluation and recording keeping for successful individual and program planning. Ongoing Monitoring and Self-Assessment Conduct daily health checks. Assess children on an on-going basis. Gather and organize anecdotal notes into the key goals and objectives and document in CreativeCurriculum.net. Work with teaching team to analyze child outcomes on a classroom basis twice yearly, consult with education coordinator and make adjustments to curriculum planning and implementation as needed. Supervision and Human Resources Model appropriate classroom practices. Work with Education Lead and Lead Teacher to develop and support the individual development plan for assigned volunteers. Assist the Lead Teacher in devising work methods and procedures that support improvements in existing work practices; support the volunteers you supervise in developing and setting goals, priorities and timelines. Maintain the plan to meet changing or emergent program requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice to quantity or quality of work. Participate actively in bi-weekly Team Meetings to reflect on performance, generate solutions and ensure high-quality classroom operations. Participate actively in bi-weekly Assistant Teacher Meetings. Child Growth & Development Use knowledge of the principles of child growth and development to work with children and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. Implement a child-centered curriculum and learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation to promote development in all domains for children of all abilities. Address challenging behaviors by observing to determine possible causes of the behavior, implementing preventive measures, teaching the child new social and communication skills and partnering with families to support the child at home. Use observations of children and anecdotal notes to document children’s progress and individualize curriculum. Create partnerships with families to establish positive interaction patterns in program, school, and home.The Assistant Teacher’s role additionally encompasses effective practices in the following: CLASS™ teacher-child interactions Learning environment Curriculum Child assessment Meeting all children’s needs Working with families Professional growth and collaboration Requirements/Qualifications: The Head Start Assistant Teacher provides classroom support to the Head Start Lead Teacher. The Head Start Lead and Assistant Teacher work together to ensure the program's goals, services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills.The transition from preschool to kindergarten imposes diverse developmental challenges that include requiring the children to engage successfully with their peers outside of the family network, adjust to the space of a classroom, and meet the expectations the school setting provides within the programming of the Head Start Performance Standards. High quality classroom programming must include a triangulated framework of family-centered practices; developmentally, individually, and culturally appropriate practices and intentional teaching; and program support.A successful Head Start Assistant Teacher must have the following education, experience, and abilities: Candidate must have a CDA or enrolled to complete a CDA within one year; or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree with at least 9 Early Childhood Education credits; or on track to complete degree with ECE credits within one year.(Pathways Level 2). Certified in first aid, CPR and mandated reporting. Ability to pass a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Demonstrated communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to use technology such as iPads, and other educational resources. Ability to effectively read, write and communicate the English language. Bilingualism is a plus. The physical capability to: o Frequently lift or move weight as in lifting, carrying or holding children up to 60 lbs o Repetitively bend, stretch and stoop o Work with children on the floor o Work outdoors in a variety of weather o Fully maintain sight and sound child supervision o Perform light cleaning dutiesHead Start Assistant Teachers must be enthusiastic and energetic as well as nurturing and patient. They must be trustworthy, respect confidentiality, and be culturally aware and sensitive. Lastly, an effective classroom assistant teacher must be a good “team player” and have the ability to work well with others. What you can expect from us: At Brightside Academy, our employees are our greatest resource. As a result, we employ and retain the best. We offer: Competitive compensation and bonus potential for qualified employees in addition to paid vacation, sick days and holidays Comprehensive medical, dental and vision to eligible employees; company-sponsored life insurance for full- and part-time employees; paid maternity leave for eligible employees Yearly in-service trainings which are conducted by certified instructors and meet state requirements Brightside Academy’s continued growth means all employees have the opportunity to climb the career ladder. We proudly support a diverse workforce EOE Join our Brightside Academy Team and be part of a highly credentialed, community-focused organization!We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and healthy work place. Company Description Our future is BRIGHTER with YOU! Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, we employ over 1,500 people and serve over 7,000 children per day in our academies located in multiple cities across Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. At Brightside Academy our employees are our best resource. As a result, we recruit and retain the best. We offer competitive wage rates for qualified candidates, paid time off and holidays, group health insurance for all full-time staff, and the opportunity to climb the career ladder due to our continued growth. Pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen are required. Brightside Academy proudly supports a diverse workforce - EOE.
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