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Teacher's Assistant

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services, Inc
Physical Address
Head Start
Brewton, AL 36426
Job Description

This position serves as an Assistant Teacher for a Head Start classroom. The assistant teacher shares responsibility for a Head Start classroom of 3- to 5-year-old children. S/he works collaboratively with the teacher, family members, and other staff to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The Assistant Teacher will ultimately be evaluated on a combination of skills, dispositions, and behaviors, some of which are related to the specific service area of this position and others that represent general expectations of all GRECS employees. The assistant teacher’s role encompasses effective practices in the following (as outlined in our Assistant Teacher Success Rubric):
1. CLASS™ teacher-child interactions
2. Learning environment
3. Curriculum
4. Child assessment
5. Meeting all children’s needs
6. Working with families
7. Professional growth and collaboration
Child Growth & Development: Uses knowledge of the principles of child growth and development to work with children and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
• Implements a child-centered curriculum and learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation to promote development in all domains for children of all abilities.
• Addresses challenging behaviors by observing to determine possible causes of the behavior, implementing preventive measures, teaching the child new social and communication skills and partnering with families to support the child at home.
• Uses observations of children and anecdotal notes to document children’s progress and individualize curriculum.
• Creates partnerships with families to establish positive interaction patterns in program, school, and home.
The Assistant Teacher’s responsibilities also fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed:
• Planning
• Program Implementation
• Family Partnerships
• Communication and Service Coordination
• Record Keeping and Reporting
• On-going Monitoring and Self-Assessment
• Supervision and Human Resources
Head Start Assistant Teacher 1 Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services
• Planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, and numeracy awareness, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, and their problem solving abilities.
• Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment.
• Supporting the social and emotional development of children.
• Encouraging the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and
supporting the development of relationships between children and their families.
• Will assist in ensuring that the written curriculum includes:
o goals for children’s development and learning; o the experiences through which children will achieve these goals; o what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals; o the materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum towards achieving the stated goals;
• Responsible for collaborating with the Teacher in the preparation of daily lesson plans. Post
them for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom
• Will assist in the development of individual plans for each child including goal-setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established child outcomes.
• Follow program curriculum providing developmentally and linguistically appropriate experiences appropriate to age, language and culture of children served.
• Implement experiential learning activities advancing the intellectual and emotional competence of infants and toddlers.
• Provide positive guidance and discipline supporting children as they acquire readiness skills for kindergarten and beyond.
• Implement daily lesson plans in response to children’s needs and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping, knowledge of early childhood development and the key experiences.
• Implement Individual Education Plans (lEPs) for children with disabilities.
• Provide children with a consistent classroom routine.
• Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of children at all times in accordance with Head Start and day care licensing requirements.
• Supervise and eat nutritionally prepared meals and/or snacks with the children as a curriculum activity, to model good nutrition and proper social skills for preschool children.
• Supervise all classroom field trips and outdoor activities.
• Understand regulations associated with prevention of disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination.
• Invite parent involvement in the development of the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education.
• Provide opportunities for parents to increase their child observation skills and to share assessments with staff that help plan the learning experiences.
• Encourage parent participation in staff-parent conferences and home visits discussing their child’s development and education.
• Establish positive and productive relationships with families focusing on building trust and
Head Start Assistant Teacher Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services

• Work with Teacher to schedule and complete two home visits per year and at least two parent- teacher conferences per year.
• Participate in parent orientation and ongoing parent trainings as required.
• Identify and refer parents wanting to volunteer in the classroom, work as substitutes or in other volunteer activities to Family Advocate. Support parent volunteers in the classroom as needed.
• Share pertinent information with Family Advocate ensuring coordinated services to meet the needs of individual children and families. Participate in case conferences as appropriate.
• Maintain regular contact with parents and complete appropriate documentation.
• Forward classroom updates to the Teacher to be included in monthly newsletter.
• Direct developmental concerns to the Health, Nutrition and Disabilities Coordinator.
• Request supplies as needed and participate in classroom/program inventory as requested.
• Gather and maintain individual, family and classroom data for documentation, on-going assessment, evaluation and recording keeping for successful individual and program planning.
• Conduct daily health checks.
• Assess children on an on-going basis. Gather and organize anecdotal notes into the key goals and objectives and document in
• Work with teaching team to analyze child outcomes on a classroom basis twice yearly, consult with education coordinator and make adjustments to curriculum planning and implementation as needed.
• Model appropriate classroom practices.
• Work with Education Staff and Teacher to develop and support the individual development plan for assigned volunteers.
• Assist the Teacher in devising work methods and procedures that support improvements in existing work practices; supporting the volunteers you supervise in developing and setting goals, priorities and timelines.
• Maintain the plan to meet changing or emergent program requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice to quantity or quality of work.
• Participates actively in Team Meetings to reflect on performance, generate solutions and ensure high-quality classroom operations.
• Participates actively in Assistant Teacher/Teacher Meetings.
• Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.
Non-Essential Duties:
• Performs any and all other duties as assigned.
Job Specifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required. Reasonable

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