Position Overview: Preschool Lead Teacher position available at the Shirley G Moore Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development. The Lead Teacher is responsible for the development and implementation of a high quality preschool program that promotes best practices in Early Childhood Education. Starting salary is $25/hour. The University offers employees outstanding comprehensive benefits, including competitive pay, medical and dental plans, life insurance, disability coverage, retirement savings plans, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, and a wellness program.
Serve as lead teacher for a morning or an afternoon preschool group (65%)
Maintain a safe, organized classroom that promotes optimal growth and development of children
Identify and accommodate the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children in the class
Observe children and establish a record keeping system on each child’s progress and development
Respond appropriately to the needs, interests and developmental level of children
Set positive and appropriate limits and be consistent, humane, positive and effective in implementing them
Plan, implement and evaluate Lab School curriculum
Use the Work Sampling System to assess student and program development and goals
Plan developmentally appropriate activities to meet individual and group goals
Interact positively with children in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings
Implement developmentally appropriate practices
Provide training for Early Childhood teachers on best practices in the field and communicate current research finding
Mentor and supervise student teachers registered for CPSY 5281
Develop curriculum and training materials for Early Childhood teachers
Hold regular one-on-one and group meetings with student teachers to provide guidance and feedback
Review student teacher lesson plans to ensure developmentally appropriate content
Participate as member of Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School Staff (10%)
Actively participate in Lab School staff meetings
Work closely with Lab School Director to assist with administrative tasks associated with the lab school
Support research studies conducted in the classroom and be familiar with all research studies being conducted in the Lab School
Foster positive relationships with Lab School partner organizations
Participate in department, staff, University and external professional development opportunities
Follow the NAEYC code of Ethics
Assist with cleaning and organizing shared storage, kitchen, and outdoor space
Work with parents to facilitate their children's development (8%)
Establish a positive relationship with families and communicate with families about their child’s experience at school
Maintain records on each child’s progress and development
Conduct home visits in the fall and conferences at least twice per year and other times as needed
Keep parents informed of group goals and activities
Establish long and short term goals for individual children
Participate in parent involvement activities
Coordinate parent involvement in your classroom
Support research studies conducted in your classroom (2%)
Be familiar with all research studies being conducted in the Lab School.
Welcome research teams into your classroom and introduce them to children.
Support researchers to be successful in recruiting children to participate in their studies.
Answer research related questions from parents.
Direct research related concerns to the Director.
BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or closely related field.
Hold a valid Minnesota State Early Childhood Teacher Licensure.
At least six years of experience working in a toddler or preschool classroom.
A demonstrated commitment or interest in culturally diverse settings; in particular, as it pertains to infants and young children.
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field.
Experience working with children with special needs/inclusive environments
Experience supervising student teachers
Strong interpersonal skills
Bilingual or multilingual
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and successfully completing Pediatric CPR & First Aid.
Internal Number: 330515
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