SUMMARY: Plans and implements developmentally-appropriate activities designed to promote academic, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth in children in the Early Childhood Program. Communicates with parents and colleagues and demonstrates a professional demeanor as well as an ongoing interest in personal growth and professional development. Valid Master Teacher Child Development permit or above and two years of experience, or comparable equivalent, as a Master teacher in an early childhood/preschool classroom required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
Along with co-teacher, plan and implement an appropriate, challenging curriculum for individual, small and large group activities, both indoors and outdoors, that promotes learning in the areas of social-emotional, language, cognitive, and physical development and that motivate enthusiasm of children for active participation in the learning process. Co-teachers are equally responsible for planning and execution of all curricula.
Create, plan and execute curriculum that is reflective of the diversity of our families and aligned with our expressed goals around multi-culturalism and social justice.
Model strong team-teaching practices and collaboration with co-teacher, grade level team and division.
Respectfully engage in a peer-review process that gives colleagues specific feedback to improve teaching and learning. Solicit, eagerly receive and engage in dialogue around feedback from supervisor and team members to improve professional skills.
Regularly meet with teaching team and grade level team to ensure alignment of instructional vision and delivery in the classroom and to collaboratively troubleshoot students' learning challenges.
Regularly meet with Director of Early Childhood Programs to ensure vertical alignment of instruction to curricula objectives, school mission and core values. Along with the Director of Early Childhood programs, create individual action plans to support student challenges.
Together with teammates, create physical classroom environments (indoor and outdoor) conducive to collaborative and individual learning, freedom of movement and the development of student independence.
Clearly and compassionately communicate verbally with children and verbally and in written form with parents, administrators, and colleagues about curriculum, children, and child development issues and maintain a sensitive, cooperative and flexible demeanor in interactions with others.
Collect information about students using a variety of tools including formal and informal assessments. Use information to inform instruction and share with colleagues. Share student information in articulation meetings with other faculty when children are in transition.
Keep current in contemporary pedagogical thinking, strategies and techniques by regularly reading professional journals, active participation in the Early Childhood division discussions and regular attendance at professional conferences, workshops and courses.
Mentor and collaboratively plan with associate teachers. Supervise and coordinate the efforts of interns, student teachers and other adults in the classroom.
Maintain a high level of technological proficiency and consistently integrate meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum; maintain and update parent communication platforms daily and create and manage student digital portfolios.
Maintain and update curriculum (and lesson) maps in conjunction with grade level teams.
Coordinate parent volunteer opportunities in the classroom.
Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities, as well as personal appearance and self-care and maintain personal integrity and a respectful attitude in professional relationships.
Provide for the physical safety of children through anticipation and removal of hazards, visual observation of children active or at rest, and by appropriately responding to injuries.
Follow guidelines of Emergency Response Plan and take responsibility for students' safety in an emergency situation or drill.
Other duties may be assigned.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to the satisfaction of the administration. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum of Bachelor's or higher degree in area of child development, education or related field. Master's degree preferred. Minimum of Early Childhood Master Teacher Child Development permit or above and two years of experience, or comparable equivalent, in early childhood/preschool classroom as a Master/Lead teacher.
BEHAVIORAL SKILLS: Demonstrates personal integrity, friendliness, patience, fairness, openness, non-defensiveness, sensitivity, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret written documents, professional literature and material pertinent to child development and education. Ability to write reports, child evaluations from a developmental perspective, curricular plans, letters to parents and others. Ability to verbally present information and respond to children, parents, colleagues, and administrators in the areas of early childhood curriculum and child development, as well as speak and write from a child-specific perspective.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, fractions and decimals; create and interpret graphs; compute ratio and percent and use a calculator.
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Ability to use simple tools and machines, such as copiers, laminators, telephones. Ability to use computer for word processing to write reports, compose letters, create documents such as newsletters, prepare and send messages on Microsoft Outlook, e-mail, access the Internet, and maintain class web page.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and apply common sense in dealing with every day and emergency situations. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a teacher to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move children of all sizes in the classroom. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teacher encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to moderate to noisy.
About The Center for Early Education
Founded in 1939, The Center for Early Education educates students from Toddler through Grade Six. Our urban West Hollywood campus houses 538 children in instructional building with rooftop playgrounds, unique 'green' planting and underground parking. The Center combines a challenging academic curriculum with a nurturing environment that harkens back to the founders' focus on the inner life of the child. Both the student body and faculty/staff are very diverse with 50% students of color. The Center offers an ample Financial Aid program with inclusion awards but also strives for socioeconomic diversity among its families. Generous donors and a mature advancement program keep tuition below the median of comparable schools in the Los Angeles area. The Center offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits to employees. A long-standing commitment to professional development allows all employees to further their professional and personal growth.