Christopher House (CH) is searching for Master Teachers looking to grow professionally in the field of Early Childhood Development. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for working with Infants, Toddlers, and Two-year old’s.
With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.
Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.
Children and families thrive when:
· Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
· Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
· Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
· Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
· Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
· Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
· Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
· Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
· Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
· Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.
· Determine the needs and provide for the development of children ages 3-5
· Work to create a safe environment for children and act as a role model for teaching staff
· Implement and maintain all components regarding children ages 3-5, based on HS, State Pre-K, Child Care and state and local requirements
· Provide technical assistance, advisement, support and role modeling to members of the Preschool and Pre-K (3-5) teaching staff in curriculum and development issues
· Coordinate monthly teacher meetings to ensure on-going cooperation among staff and to ensure that individual teachers are working towards a unified approach to preschooler’s (3-5) development; maintain a strong classroom presence
· Ensure program is in compliance with all curriculum related to funding and licensing requirements pertaining to HS, State Pre-K and Child Care contractual mandates as it relates to child assessment
· Review lesson plans on a weekly basis, make any recommendations for needed changes and follow through on implementation of lesson plans
· Prepare Pre-K reports for the Site Director, Associate Director of ECDS and the state Pre-K Office
· Assist Program Director, ECDS and Site Director in the ongoing process of assuring the highest quality programming and best Practices as well as NAEYC Accreditation and re-accreditation processes occurs at each appropriate site
· Meet with the teaching staff and the Manager of Health and Disabilities to ensure compliance to and an understanding of appropriate health and nutrition practices.
· Coordinate portfolio assessments of all children in a timely manner and conduct classroom observations monthly
· Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are conducted twice a year and assist teachers in both preparation and conducting these conferences, as needed.
· Provide training, support and follow up to program staff regarding the National Reporting System, Creative Curriculum, Portfolio, ESI-R screenings, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire and Parent Techer Conferences
· Participate in recruitment of teaching staff for the Pre-K Program as needed
· Ensure that each newly hired teacher and Assistant Teacher has an effective orientation to Christopher House, the 3-5 program objectives and to the specific job responsibilities of their position
· Identify opportunities for skills and knowledge enhancement for the staff to Site Director, manage training for the Pre-K staff
· Actively participate in the performance management process for Pre-K and preschool staff
· Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission;
· Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach;
· Three to five years of direct experience working with 3-5 year old’s, preferably in a Head Start or governmentally funded child care program; Supervisory experience is required
· Bi-lingual skills in a variety of languages are a plus
· Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and a Type 04 Certification from the State of Illinois
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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About Christopher House
Christopher House was founded in 1906 during the settlement house movement to support immigrants transitioning to life in America. Today, Christopher House is closing the opportunity gap through a continuum of personalized education with immersive family support starting at birth. We provide resources to thousands of low-income children and their families to succeed in school, the workplace, and life. We partner with families, including teenage and single-parent families, to provide the tools for parents to create and foster stable, self-sufficient families. Christopher House’s ultimate vision is to create a national model for helping low-income, at-risk children and their families achieve success.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an e...ducational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
In the fall of 2013, Christopher House built on its portfolio of early learning schools and expanded this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school. The school will create unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence.