Early Childhood Education Coach
United4Children is seeking qualified individuals that will be trained as coaches to help support classroom teachers in their delivery of a research-based early childhood curriculum that is designed to improve the school readiness of three- and four-year-old children being served in community-based child care and Head Start centers. Coaches will play a vital role in the project’s success, supporting teachers in using the curricular approach in their classrooms, teacher practices, and assisting with data collection for the study.
Coaches will serve as supportive and collaborative partners, facilitators supporting teachers in strengthening classroom quality and their use of effective teaching practices and sounding boards to the teachers in implementing an assigned curriculum. For at least one school year, they will observe classrooms every other week, and meet with each teaching team for coaching sessions to discuss what they have observed, work through challenges teachers are facing, provide constructive feedback, and support teachers in successful implementation of the curriculum.
The duties of this position will include the following:
- Ability to coach teachers to improve their practice in a constructive and supportive way
- Strong communication and listening skills
- Knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate classroom and teacher practices
- Strong organizational skills including time management, maintaining records of meetings with teachers, and submitting documents to project staff
- Adaptability to new, researched-based teaching methods
- Ability to reflect on one’s own skills related to this position
- Ability to work effectively across multiple teams in a complex project (classroom teachers, program or grantee agency, curriculum developers, research team)
- Strong relationship-building skills and ability to manage diverse opinions/perspectives
- A schedule that can accommodate (a) in-person visits to classrooms, as well as conference calls, at various times throughout the week and at the beginning and end of the school day, and (b) attendance at scheduled trainings multiple times through the course of the year, the first of which will occur prior to the beginning of the academic year
- Training participation on early childhood curricula and coaching responsibilities beginning prior to the start of the school year and throughout the year
- Becoming an expert on the assigned curriculum model as a result of being a part of these training sessions
- Coaching teachers using practice-based coaching techniques in their use of an assigned curriculum, including explaining curricular content, concepts and instructional processes; and planning for, modeling and co-teaching lessons
- Providing teachers with constructive feedback and the opportunity to discuss curriculum implementation and associated classroom issues
- Monitoring how well teachers adhere to the core principles of the curricular approach using an online data entry system weekly and completing fidelity observations at three time points
- Regular meetings (e.g., conference calls, on-site meetings) with trainers, other coaches, research staff, and possibly center staff
- Creating a schedule with teachers and center administrators to ensure coaching sessions and meetings happen on a biweekly schedule per classroom
- Traveling to and spending time in diverse centers city-wide
- Assisting with training planning and logistics for teacher and assistant teacher trainings on the assigned curricular model (e.g., plan agendas, identify location, order equipment, collect feedback forms, set-up, etc.)
The Early Childhood Education Coach position is for the 2018 – 2019 school year, August – May, 2019 at approximately 70% depending on your classroom caseload (roughly 8 classrooms across 2-4 centers), with the possibility that the position will be extended for additional years of the project, depending upon availability of funding. The approximate weekly commitment will vary depending on the number of classrooms, with expected commitment of 4 hours per classroom in addition to attendance at trainings, training prep time, and conference calls.
Individuals with the following experiences/qualifications will be given priority consideration:
- Experience providing training and coaching to teachers
- Experience as a teacher at any grade, with priority for those who have taught 3- and 4-year-olds in early care and education settings
- Experience with research-based curricular approaches
- Experience with and commitment to working in early care and education centers with ethnically diverse children, families, and professionals in low-income, urban neighborhoods
- Demonstrated experience or interest in early childhood education, particularly math and science
- A bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies, Child Development or a related field
- Spanish speaking (minimum conversational) a plus, though not mandatory.
Job Type: Full-time