Essential Functions: Assume and maintain responsibility for the day-to-day operations of a preschool classroom including: planning and implementing developmentally appropriate early childhood curricula; develop weekly lesson plans, organize programs based upon knowledge of child development and individual needs of children; supervise WSU classroom staff, College of Education early childhood student teachers and service learning students, student assistants and directed study students; record and maintain student records; assess, track and document student progress and achievement using authentic assessment methods; conduct home visits and parent/teacher conferences.Duties Include:Conducting team planning sessions with WSU classroom staff and COE student teachers once a week to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum and plan strategies for children.Assisting graduate students and faculty with research involving preschool children and their families.Performing research assessments on children when required.Acting as liaison between parents and research staff.Training new WSU staff and COE student teachers in classroom and program policies and participate in staff development activities.Communicating with university students, parents, staff and faculty in various formats including; individual daily contact, conferences, group parent/staff meetings, and preparation of newsletters.Acting as a role model for children, students, parents, and staff.Teaching a maximum of 20 preschoolers at the College of Education Early Childhood Center.Seeking resources for children with developmental needs or delays.Working collaboratively with teaching team, children, parents, researchers and staff to carry out the College of Educations Early Childhood Center's mission and philosophy as outlined by the Center Director and Executive Director.Participating in weekly staff meetings.Attending professional development training sessions.Attending all staff in-service trainings.Participating in periodic performance review and annual evaluation with the center director.
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Elementary Education with a major or minor in Early Childhood EducationValid Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate with ZA or ZS EndorsementExperience working with preschool-aged children.Experience with curriculum development and classroom management in an early childhood education program required.Knowledge of and experience with implementing The Project Approach curriculum.Knowledge of and experience with Visual Thinking Strategies.Teaching experience with young children who have developmental delays or disabilities.Experience with using authentic assessment to document children's growth and development.Experience using the Teaching Strategies GOLD child assessment tool.Experience using the ASQ-III child screening tool.Experience taking and analyzing anecdotal observations.Experience using conflict resolution to promote social problem solving with young children.Effective leadership and interpersonal skills with children, parents, staff, and university students.Evidence of professional commitment to the field of early childhood education.
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Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.