Tufts Educational Day Care Center is an innovative year-round, full-day educational preschool and kindergarten program for children from within the Tufts community and surrounding cities. TEDCC serves as a laboratory site for the University and is affiliated with the Department of Child Development, School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. The center enrolls approximately 82 children ages 2.9-6.
The Mentor Teacher's responsibilities include providing leadership and supervision to a teaching team in the planning and implementation of a dynamic, developmentally appropriate and inclusive program for preschool or kindergarten age children in collaboration with teaching assistants, families, therapists and consultants. Beginning the second year, all mentor teachers and teachers coordinate a center wide program, initiative, or service.
The Mentor Teacher specifically will:
* In leadership of and collaboration with your teaching team, plan and execute an educational program and physical environment which are developmentally sound, multi-culturally relevant, and sensitive to the range of individual differences reflected in your student, staff, and family populations. Adhere to referral procedures when concerned about child/family development.
* Supervise your teaching team; develop an effective teaching team which usually includes the Mentor Teacher, two full-time teachers, a graduate teaching assistant, and student teacher or field worker; Prepare for and hold weekly team meetings and individual supervision meetings for your direct reports.
* Attend and contribute to weekly or bi-weekly supervision meetings with the Director and monthly staff meetings; Communicate regularly with the Parent Coordinator, School Coordinator, Special Needs Coordinator and specialists through regularly scheduled meetings, and on an as-needed basis, and let them know well in advance of changes in classroom and child schedules (field trips, special projects, vacation weeks, etc;).
* Meet with every family prior to or shortly after school starts in the fall. Make every effort to attend school events like picnics, fund-raisers, and evening parent meetings; Communicate regularly with families via daily verbal contact, bi-monthly emails, progress reports, family conferences and telephone calls. Plan Fall Curriculum Open House and other all-classroom parent meetings as warranted. Prepare and present twice yearly evening Child Study meetings for contact children with special needs; as directed, keep the Director, Parent Coordinator, School Coordinator, or Special Needs Coordinator informed of any vital child/family development and information, safety issues, classroom/teacher related issues, buildings and grounds and maintenance concerns.
* Maintain a safe environment in your classroom, throughout the school and on the playground. Follow policy related to injuries/accidents/incidents by completing appropriate forms for the Director's signature.
* Create documentation to make learning visible, inform planning of curriculum projects, encourage collective inquiry and reflection among children, teachers and parents. Use technology (digital cameras, computers) to support the documentation process. Use documentation to assess children's interests and development and as a tool to plan and reflect upon the effectiveness of individualize curriculum. Document both daily curriculum plans and activities.
* Collaborate with Director to define and fulfill responsibilities required for the successful coordination of a center wide program, initiative or service, (e.g. special friends, research, playground, etc ;).
* Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and/or related field OR a Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and EEC Lead Teacher Qualification.
* Three (3) years teaching experience with children who have a wide range of individual differences, including special needs;
* EEC Lead Teacher Qualification; For the position of Kindergarten Mentor Teacher: Massachusetts Teacher Certification for Early Childhood with and without Special Needs (PreK-2);
* Facility with Microsoft Word, digital tablets, phones and cameras;
* Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent classroom management and organizational skills; proven competence in behavior management; knowledge of and experience implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children; flexible in approach to working with children, families and colleagues.
* Must successfully complete all appropriate background checks as required.
* Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
* Two (2) years' experience as a Lead Teacher and supervisor of a teaching team.
* Skill in designing classroom environments.
* Experience supervising University students.
* Knowledge of and experience with the ideas of Reggio Emilia Schools, Italy.
* Experience with the Project Approach to Curriculum Development.
* Experience with Documentation and making learning visible for parents, children, and teachers.
* Experience using media and technology in the classroom.
* Knowledge of and experience with the principles of Anti-Bias Education.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Attendance at monthly evening staff meetings, monthly evening parent meetings, twice-yearly individual parent conferences, child study meetings, and SPED meetings - many of which are after shift hours; flexibility in shift hours (8-3, 8:30-3:30, or 10:30-5:30), and the ability to work additional hours when need to meet the requirements of the position.
Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.