Description Language for Reading Program Assistant Description Year 2 -3 Job Description Vanderbilt University is seeking applicants to fill part-time positions as instructional coaches in the second year of a three-year project designed to develop methods for helping teachers support preschoolers' language development through book-reading and play activities. Funded by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, the project is a multi-institute venture undertaken by Dr. David Dickinson at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek at Temple University, and Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff at University of Delaware. Coaches will work in local preschool classrooms in the Metro Nashville area to coach teachers in reading project books and playing with project toys according to prescribed strategies tested in prior years of the project. Coaches' modeling and support will gradually diminish as teachers become more proficient with the methods of reading and play over the year. Coaches will receive training to support teachers' implementation of reading and play methods and may also be trained to administer language measures to children at various times during the academic year. Coaches should have experience teaching young children (i.e., preK – 3rd grade). A bachelor's degree in early childhood education, elementary education, child development, human development, psychology, speech-language pathology, or related field is desirable. Experience with field-based educational research with young children and work with adult learners are especially desirable but not required. Candidates must pass mandatory background checks and fingerprinting, paid for by the University. Also, candidates must demonstrate that they are able to deliver the instruction in the manner required for rigorous delivery of the experiment. Additional responsibilities include assisting with materials creation and data collection/entry for the project. We are looking for 2 program assistants to join the project in January 2017. Availability should include most weekday mornings to coincide with preschool classroom schedules. An average number of hours expected per week is approximately 20 with the possibility of additional hours. Coaches must have own transportation. If interested, please attach a CV, a brief statement explaining the nature of your interest and your relevant experience. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer.
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