Language and Literacy Partners (LLP) is an Erikson Institute initiative that establishes partnerships with Chicago Public Schools to advance the quality of PreK-3rd grade education with diverse children and families. The Language and Literacy Partners facilitator delivers professional development, coaches teachers, facilitates grade levels meetings, and works with administrators in an in-depth study of oral language and literacy (including multiple languages and dialects) using a balanced literacy framework. Facilitators support LLP’s evaluation plan by observing and collecting teacher data. This position includes research responsibilities to support the LLP Director in collecting, entering, and analyzing data to write internal and funder reports and external documents to disseminate the project findings.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Build collaborative relationships with principals and teachers at assigned school(s).
Work closely with LLP team, school administrators, and teachers to identify and respond to specific professional development needs as these relate to LLP priorities.
Create and deliver professional development to teachers and administrators based on LLPs balanced literacy framework with attention to children’s home language and dialects.
Provide one-to-one instructional coaching to teachers.
Guide grade-level and PreK-3rd teams in developing a Professional Learning Community that emphasizes evidence-based inquiry.
Support evaluation plan by collecting information at the school level such as observing teachers using LLP tools, sending out surveys, and collecting school level information.
Participate with the LLP staff and faculty team to co-design professional development modules, plan LLP network activities, and support LLP evaluation.
Work closely with LLP Director, Program Manager, and facilitators to implement the evaluation plan for each partnership.
Maintain database with evaluation data.
Analyze PD data and write up findings for school reports and for Assistant Director and PI/Director.
Support facilitators in understanding data and findings to write needed reports based on the partnerships.
Complete all necessary training and documents for research compliance
Master’s Degree or higher in fields related to Early Childhood Education or equivalent experience.
Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement strongly preferred and encouraged to apply.
Commitment to developmentally-informed practices in early education.
At least 5 years of highly effective teaching at the PreK-3rd grade levels in urban settings, including public school experience.
Experience as an instructional coach for teachers at the PreK-3rd grade levels and/or experience in designing and delivering professional development.
Experience in analyzing data and generating reports for various stakeholders or comparable experience.
About Erikson Institute
We are the premier early childhood development organization committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.
Erikson Institute’s graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership.
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In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•com...munity partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.