Do you want to make a difference in early childhood classrooms? Do you want to be part of a new, exciting, national research study? We are seeking several qualified individuals in the L.A. area to be trained to serve as coaches and help support classroom teachers in their delivery of research-based early childhood curricula designed to improve the school readiness of three- and four-year-old children in mixed-age community-based child care and Head Start centers.
Coaches will play a vital role in the project’s success, both supporting teachers in using the curricular approach in their classrooms as well as assisting with data collection for the study.
Local coaches will serve as supportive and collaborative partners, supporting teachers in strengthening classroom quality and 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 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:
The position will begin in July of 2018 and end in May of 2019 and will be about 60-70% FTE 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 per coach will vary depending on the number of classrooms, with expected commitment of 4 hours per classroom (3 hours of coaching and approximately 1 hour for travel and prep/follow-up work) in addition to attendance at trainings, training prep time, and conference calls. Most participating centers are located in the San Fernando Valley, though there are a handful in other locations in LA County. Coaches must be willing to travel to these different sites.
There are two early childhood curricula approaches that will be implemented in this project (coaches will be hired to coach on one of these):
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool (6th Edition): A global, whole-child curriculum that promotes multiple school readiness domains. It focuses on creating a positive classroom environment with diverse learning experiences that build on children’s interests as well as responsive and supportive teacher-child and peer-to-peer interactions.
Connect4Learning (C4L): An integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes multiple school readiness domains, particularly math, science, literacy, and social-emotional learning. It focuses on using intentional and varied instructional activities (e.g., small group, whole group, centers) and effective teaching practices to individualize instruction to children’s needs, provide rich content knowledge, facilitate discussion and dialogue, and promote children’s critical thinking skills.
The following characteristics will be considered in reviewing candidates for this position:
Individuals with the following experiences/qualifications will be given priority consideration:
Please include a resume and cover letter with your with your application.
Job Types: Part-time, Temporary