The Assistant Teacher works under the direction of the Teacher/Family Advocate, working intimately with children in the classroom to build a trusting and respectful relationship with each child and implement individualized curriculum. There is great linguistic diversity in our enrolled population. To be successful, the Assistant Teacher must be able to communicate effectively with all children. In compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, staff who speak a language other than English may be assigned to a center in which the majority of enrolled children speak that same language. Second-language proficiency is defined as the ability to accomplish work with parents without the aid or support of an interpreter. Proficiency is tested.
Consistent education staff attendance is integral to the success of the classroom experience for both children and families, essential for children's learning continuity and preparedness for kindergarten. As such, punctuality and consistent attendance are essential functions of this position. It is the expectation of SCHS that Education staff maintain at least a 95% attendance rate throughout the school year.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Assistant Teacher (AT) is the primary support person in the classroom and works under the direction of the morning and afternoon Teacher/Family Advocates. The AT's core responsibilities are
ensuring the health and safety of all children in the classroom,
giving feedback on classroom functioning and success of planned activities,
providing input into classroom curriculum planning, classroom set-up and its management,
implementing individual child educational programming as directed by the Teacher/Family Advocate,
preparing curriculum materials,
setting-up, taking down and cleaning up the classroom and materials,
executing classroom snack and meal service,
working with children individually in both small and large groups, and
upholding EdCC HS/EHS policies, protocols and procedures.
The Assistant Teacher must be able to assist children in developing age appropriate skills, including toileting, language, self-help, self-control and social skills; and to be able to implement routines, transitions, and activities appropriate for that age group.
In the absence of the Teacher/Family Advocate, the AT assumes classroom leadership and management responsibilities in executing the planned curriculum, implementing the established classroom schedule and routine, supervising children and directing Aides and volunteers.
Under the general direction of the Teacher/Family Advocate or Home Visitor, the Assistant Teacher:
- assists in
- establishing, monitoring and maintaining a safe and healthy classroom learning environment;
- planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets children's individual physical, intellectual, language (including English-language acquisition), literacy, creative, self-identity, and social/emotional needs;
- providing a variety of opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information between home and school; and,
- providing leadership to the classroom education team.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- is a member of the Center's (classroom) Direct Services Team with the morning and afternoon Teacher/Family Advocates.
- records anecdotal observations, conducts screenings and assessments according to standardized instructions, and,
- as directed, maintains paper and electronic documentation and records.
The Assistant Teacher must demonstrate skills in classroom and behavior management that includes establishing routines, managing transitions, implementing developmentally appropriate activities, and encouraging children's development of language and literacy skills. The AT contributes to the development of age appropriate learning activities that requires a working knowledge of child development and early learning principles. Using appropriate English, the Assistant Teacher must be able to record objective anecdotal observations, implement prescribed screenings and assessments according to standardized instructions, and, under direction, maintain paper and electronic documentation and records.
As an Education Team member, the Assistant Teacher must be professional in the execution of all work tasks and work relationships. The AT must be able to contribute to, implement and provide feedback on the classroom curriculum. The Assistant Teacher must exhibit an understanding of the importance of parents, parent partnerships, and the significance of the child's home language and culture in the child's learning process and in classroom operation. The Assistant Teacher must also be sensitive to the factors effecting low-income families, and be aware of child abuse and neglect indicators and reporting responsibilities.
The Assistant Teacher must exhibit abilities to direct Aides and Volunteers' in their execution of assigned work tasks, provide feedback, both corrective and positive, and to contribute to the development of Aides and volunteer skills. The position requires the ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) in a clear and respectful manner, good time management and organizational skills, and the appropriate use of written English in records documentation.
It is expected that the Assistant Teacher
- demonstrate proficient skills as measured by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) of no less than 6.0 in emotional support, 6.0 in classroom organization, and 4.0 in instructional participate in the growth and strengthening of their early childhood education skills and knowledge through
- earning a child development associate credential (CDA) within 1 year from the time of hire then
- enrolling in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in early childhood education.
In addition to increasing their knowledge, understanding of and skills with children, it is the program's expectation that the Assistant Teacher executes their responsibilities in a professional manner that includes working in a respectful manner with all children, parents and co-workers; maintaining child health and safety; maintaining child and family confidentiality, completing required forms and paperwork in a timely, neat, readable and appropriate manner, and implementing EdCC HS/EHS professional work expectations and standards.
The Assistant Teacher must be able to perform the following essential functions under the environmental conditions outlined below:
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