Tufts University is searching for a Director of its Eliot-Pearson Children's School (Children's School). With roots that go back 91 years, the Children's School is the laboratory-demonstration school affiliated with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. The Children's School serves as a model and demonstration facility, providing a training and observation site for new and experienced teachers and a research facility for faculty and supervised students in the Department of Child Development. The Children's School enrolls approximately 80 children. It has preschool to second grade classes that vary in length and frequency.
The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development invites immediate applications for the Director of the Eliot-Pearson Children's School, for employment beginning July 2013. We seek an exceptional leader and collaborator to direct our department's preK-2nd grade laboratory school as we advance our commitment to equity in early childhood urban education settings. This position reflects a new vision for developing the Children's School as a community outreach and research environment for the study of children's early learning, effective teaching, professional development support of in-service educators, and the development and assessment of curriculum for diverse learners. The Director will play a major role in conceptualizing and implementing this newly expanded vision of the Children's School.
The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development is internationally known for its undergraduate and graduate programs, including PhD and MA programs in Applied Child Development and teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate and Masters levels. Eliot-Pearson has an historic role in early childhood education, equity, interdisciplinarity, and dedication to children from diverse backgrounds. The Department reflects Tufts' university-wide commitment to active citizenship.
Candidates must possess at least a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field (e.g., Elementary Education, Child Development, Special Education) and prior experience as director of a school or early childhood program-including working with young children and their families from diverse backgrounds, supervising early childhood professionals, and developing programs for professionals working in early childhood fields.
Successful candidateswill demonstrate commitment to urban education issues and running a community-connected laboratory school, as well as a strong commitment to working with the Tufts faculty ECE team.
Current areas of faculty interest and expertise include, but are not limited to, teaching and learning of dual-language learners; technology, science, arts, and math literacy; curriculum development; teacher professional development; teacher inquiry; inclusive classrooms; and family engagement in education. Facility in a language other than English is desirable, but not required. This position may also involve teaching and or supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, as needed.
- * Masters degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (e.g. Elementary Education, Child Development, Special Education).
- * At least five years experience as a director (or comparable level position) of a school or early childhood program.
- * Must be EEC Director qualified
- * The finalist for this position must pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and other appropriate background checks as required.
Facility in a language other than English is desirable, but not required.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Must be able to attend evening meetings and functions.
Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.