Assistant Child Care Teacher - Dakota Language Nest
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 43,264.00 - 51,833.60
Internal Number: 358432
Position Overview Child Development Laboratory School (CDLS) is seeking an Assistant Teacher for the Dakota Immersion and Language Nest classroom. A collaborative effort between the Institute of Child Development (ICD) and the American Indian Studies department will make the Language Nest uniquely accessible for families seeking a Dakota language immersion early childhood education experience, observation and research on culturally-sustaining pedagogy, language acquisition, and parent empowerment, and will create a national exemplar in early childhood education and place-based cultural programming. Housed in ICD at the University of Minnesota, the CDLS provides high quality early care and is a training site for university students majoring in early childhood education.This position is based on campus at the CDLS and is a 9-month academic year position with opportunity for summer work, when available.
A key responsibility of this position is to actively support and advance the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This position will play a supporting role in fulfilling the Institute of Child Development’s commitment to anti-racism by maintaining a building environment that is welcoming and creates an inclusive culture for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
This position is based on campus at the Child Development Laboratory School. Per UMN policy, work may be done remotely when appropriate and approved by your manager. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.
This position is represented by the AFSCME Union, Locals 3937 & 3801. The hours are M - F, 7:30 - 4:00. The work location is on the Minneapolis campus. The minimum starting pay for this position is $20.80 per hour.
Assistant Teacher (85%)
Serving as an assistant teacher for a mixed-age group classroom
Familiarity with diverse dialects of Dakota/Lakota/Nakoda language but ability to maintain focus on Minnesota dialects of Dakota
Implement Dakota language and cultural teachings to children and families
Support a safe, organized classroom that promotes optimal growth and development of children
Identify and accommodate the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of children
Respond appropriately to the needs, interests, and developmental levels of children
Set positive and appropriate limits and be consistent, humane, positive, and effective in implementing them
Implement early childhood curriculum
Use the Work Sampling System to assess student and program development and goals
Interact positively with children in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings
Implement developmentally and culturally appropriate practices
Miscellaneous Duties (5%)
Participate as a member of Child Development Laboratory School staff by being actively engaged in staff meetings
Assist with administrative tasks as assigned
Foster positive relationships with partner organizations
Participate in department, staff, University, and external professional development opportunities
Follow the NAEYC code of Ethics
Assist with regular cleaning and organizing shared storage, kitchen, and outdoor spaces
Family Engagement (10%)
Work with parents to facilitate their children's development
Establish a positive relationship with families and communicate with families about their child’s experience at school
Provide support for families learning Dakota language and culture
Maintain records on each child’s progress and development
Conduct home or classroom 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
A combination of education, and teacher experience that meets State of MN State Human Services Licensing Act, Rule 3 (9503.0033)
requirements for Assistant Child Care Teacher, such as a high school diploma or the equivalent, at least 12 quarter credits (8 semester credits)
in early childhood education from an accredited post-secondary school, and 2,080 hours as an aide or intern.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/rules/9503.0033/ for additional qualifications.
Proficient in Dakota language (ACTFL Intermediate High or higher).
Have or be willing to obtain within 90 days 8 hours approved first aid training and Infant CPR.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children and families from all backgrounds and identities.
Pass background fingerprint study and reference verification that meets requirements of State of MN State Human Services Licensing Act, Rule 11.
Must be able to repeatedly perform each of the following:
Physically supervise young children, protecting and preventing harm to them.
Immediately respond to emergency situations.
Visually and aurally observe children in their environment.
Bend, stoop, stand, reach, squat, sit (on floor and/or child size chairs).
Carry and lift children weighing between 30-50 pounds.
Push 4-6 seat stroller while walking with children (infants and toddlers).
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.