Under the direction of the Site Director, the Early Childhood Teacher works in collaboration with the teaching team to implement a formal child screening process, a research-based curriculum that addresses early childhood best practices, on-going child assessment, parent involvement and community collaboration.
This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.
- Coordinates and completes developmental screening of all children to identify any special needs.
- Implements active supervision of children at all times and ensuring child safety.
- Teaches children in large groups, small groups, and individually. Teaches each class daily as scheduled and assigned.
- Works with the classroom team to implement the curriculum, serving as educational leader and modeling excellent teaching practices. Meets with the classroom team each week to develop lesson plans.
- Completes regular quarterly assessments of each child�s learning. Meets with the classroom team each week to discuss child assessment results and develops individualized instruction plans.
- Welcomes parents/guardian in the program and seek out their support and involvement. Holds parent-teacher conferences throughout the year.
- Generates Class Profile Report from Teaching Strategies Gold to assess child outcomes.
- Works with Site Director and Teacher Coach to develop action plans for classroom team.
- Works collaboratively with all applicable staff, as well as community partners to ensure a seamless transition into kindergarten.
- Participates in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for children with special needs as requested by parents/guardian.
- Maintains a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment documented in Teaching Strategies GOLD for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child�s work, and a developmental assessment.
- Maintains a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assures that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored.
- Communicates well with Director, Teacher Coaches and Family Engagement Specialist(s).
- Performs duties of Director Designee, when required.
- Represents Illinois Action for Children and the Early Learning Program in a professional manner to parents, visitors, community members and vendors.
- Executes our workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people and clear priorities.
- Independently works on multiple tasks effectively in support of department.
- Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor�s degree In Early Childhood Education or Child Development or equivalent required. Equivalent degrees require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in Early Childhood Education or Child Development courses. At least two years of Early Childhood Teaching experience is required. ECE staff must also have coursework or training relevant to this age group.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
- Must hold or obtain Gateways to Opportunity Early Childhood Education Credential Level 5 (within six months of hire)
- Must obtain ISBE Substitute License within 30 days of hire (paid for by IAFC)
- Must complete Teaching Strategies Gold Inter-rater Reliability within 90 days of hire.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to work discreetly with highly confidential information and documentation required
- Ability to accurately complete attendance sheets and ESI developmental screenings
- Attention to detail
- Ability to travel to other directly operated sites and Homewood office, when needed
- Ability to work with all levels of staff and management required
This position will work in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.