Duties and Responsibilities
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER, PT - CHILD DEVELOPMENT
RICHARD J. COLLEGE
The Teacher in the Child Development Center leads the classroom team in maintaining a nurturing classroom environment that offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of the individual children and families in the classroom, and is aligned with the educational and philosophical goals of the program. A Teacher-Child Development Teacher also provides supervision and mentoring to teacher assistants, aides and practicum students in the classroom.
- Adheres to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct, demonstrating a professional attitude and work ethic, and respect for children, families, and colleagues.
- Develops and implements a child centered, play-based curriculum that provides for developmentally appropriate activities to promote children’s development in the areas of language and literacy, cognition, social-emotional well-being, and physical health.
- Ensures classroom team and curriculum adheres to the Center’s goals and educational mission; accreditation agencies’ standards; licensing requirements; and funding source/ grant regulations.
- Provides a nurturing, stimulating, non-punitive, and culturally sensitive environment that encourages language, self-expression, exploration, creativity, imaginative play, thinking skills, and the development of positive relationships. Provides a safe, clean, orderly, and healthy environment for children, instructing them on personal hygiene/hand washing, personal safety practices and related topics.
- Maintains constant supervision over classroom activities and children.
- Reports accidents, injuries, and illnesses to parents and supervisors. Reports suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to authorities as a mandated reporter under state law.
- Maintains a positive work relationship with parents, ensuring parents are warmly received by staff, and that communication about their child’s activities and experiences at the Center is provided through daily contact, scheduled conferences and written progress reports.
- Oversees and participates in the completion of paperwork, logs and records, as well as documentation to assess individual children and the class as a whole. Supervises and mentors teacher assistants, student teachers, work study students, and volunteers in the classroom.
- Participates in monthly district teacher meetings, sharing information on child development issues, classroom strategies, and professional development / training opportunities.
- May provide professional development workshops to staff as required. Implements team meetings with classroom staff and support staff/consultants to discuss curriculum, classroom activities, and strategies for addressing student needs, Works with District’s Education Manager and Site Directors to ensure classroom quality.
- Complies with action and professional development plans created by Site Director and Education Manager for implementation.
- Supervises and mentors practicum students working in the classroom, providing guidance with the development and implementation of lesson plans, observing interactions with the children, and proving feedback.
- Reviews and discusses performance of practicum students, expectations and other requirements with the practicum supervisor.
- Attends and participates in professional development sessions, gateway approved training provided by the state and city agencies (i.e. DFSS, CPS) and other outside resources.
- Master’s Degree preferred.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood, or equivalent AND an Illinois Type 04 teaching certificate required. In addition, two years experience working with preschool children. Teaching certificates from other states will be considered.
- Bilingual and ESL endorsements - Spanish required.
- Must have and maintain a warm, supportive attitude towards children and their families.
- Should be able to demonstrate the ability to create developmentally appropriate lessons, interact positively with children and other staff, in particular practicum students, and understand and attend to the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional needs of the children.
- Must be able to lead a team, supervise personnel, and manage the classroom environment and requirements.
- Must be willing to accept supervision and continue professional development in the field in order to improve work performance.
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with children, parents, and other staff members, as well as for documenting children’s growth and learning.
- Must be flexible in receiving assignments and adapting to changes in the program.
- Must be willing to participate in quality enhancement initiatives that the center may undertake.
- Must be able to work well within a culturally diverse environment with the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Ability to operate computers and use applicable software required.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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