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Lead Teacher

Company: Educare of Lincoln
Location: Lincoln
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Educare of Lincoln is a collaborative partnership between the Lincoln Public Schools and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. The mission of Educare is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children ages O to 5 through the provision of evidence-based education, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and their families. The Lead Teacher is responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of a comprehensive education program. The Lead Teacher ensures the education program is developmentally appropriate and meets children's individual needs as well as program standards of Educare of Lincoln, Head Start/Early Head Start, Sixpence, the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKS: Child Development --- Observe, assess and document each child's skills, behavior, growth and development. --- Provide opportunities for children to develop positive self-images and experience success. --- Develop an individualized educational plan for each child. --- Bring to attention those children with special needs. Coordinate referrals for children with special needs or mental health needs with the Master Teacher. --- Contribute to and participate in child and family reviews, Mental Health staffing, and/or Individualized Education Plans/Individualized Family Service Plans. --- Assist the child and family as child transitions from the infant and toddler program to the preschool program and from the preschool program to kindergarten. --- Foster positive relationships with all children in the classroom Classroom Management --- Develop and maintain an attractive and stimulating learning environment and encourage child's independence and self-selection of activities --- Ensure that all children are under appropriate supervision and guidance at all times. --- Maintain a clean, safe and healthy classroom environment. --- Utilize Positive Behavior Supports and Touchpoints strategies Curriculum

  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate classroom activities that will enhance language and literacy development, (2) cognition and general knowledge, (3) approaches toward learning, (4) physical well-being and motor development, and (5) social and emotional development of each child --- Participate in interpreting and analyzing assessment results and utilize data to plan individual and classroom experiences as well as intentionally share information with families.--- Develop lesson plans with goals, objectives, activities and outcomes for children and implement them intentionally. --- Intentionally integrate other areas, i.e., health/physical activity, nutrition, mental health, disabilities, transition, safety and parent involvement, into the education plan. --- Create documentation panels on a regular basis to make the learning that the children are experiencing visible to parents and visitors. Parent Involvement --- Schedule and meet with parents regularly about their child's progress, including at least two Parent/Staff Conferences per year. --- Schedule a minimum of two home visits per year with each child's family to clarify child and family needs. --- Collaboratively plan with Family Engagement Specialist (FES) staff and facilitate monthly informational/activity meetings for parents for sharing data with families and responding to their identified interests and/or needs --- Encourage parent participation in program activities and in implementing education activities for their children at home and in the community. --- Communicate with parents (informal conversations, newsletters, personal notes) regarding his/her child's involvement in classroom activities and progress towards learning goals. Supervision / Administration --- Participate in regular reflective supervision with the Master Teacher --- Participate in ongoing professional development (including peer learning activities) --- Collaboratively implement and participate in a coaching process with the Master Teacher to promote high quality instruction --- Support the implementation of new strategies gained through training --- Provide leadership for the classroom team ( e.g., plan for and lead team planning sessions, monitor teammates' observation notes and appropriate goal identification, advocate for and support Best Practices in the classroom) --- Supervise student teachers, practicum students, and volunteers as needed --- Serve as a mentor/model to Associate Teacher and Teacher Aide. --- Delegate responsibilities to the Associate Teacher and Teacher Aide. --- Maintain confidentiality regarding each child and family. --- Maintain daily attendance and CACFP food counts. --- Ensure the timely completion of necessary paperwork, including developmental assessments, lesson plans, newsletters, incident reports, etc. --- Participate in the interviewing process of Associate Teachers and Teacher Aides. QUALIFICATIONS:
    • A Bachelor's Degree in Education (Early Childhood preferred) and a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Preschool Disabilities, or Early Childhood Education Unified per NDE Rule 11 is required for a Lead Pre-K position. The same credentials are required for a Lead Infant & Toddler Teacher with coursework directly related to infants and toddlers --- Two years early childhood experience in a group setting preferred. --- Must be able to pass a background check that meets compliance standards Educare Lincoln is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

Keywords: Educare of Lincoln, Lincoln , Lead Teacher, Education / Teaching , Lincoln, Nebraska

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