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TEACHER - Tufts Educational Day Care Center

Tufts University

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, in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. The center enrolls approximately 82 children ages 2.9-6.


The Teacher's responsibilities include providing a dynamic, developmental, inclusive program for preschool or kindergarten age children, working with families, therapists, and team-teaching. Beginning the second year, teachers coordinate a center wide program, initiative, or service and may supervise University undergraduate and graduate students.


The Teacher will:


*  In 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.
*  Work with your Mentor Teacher to 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; Participate in weekly team meetings and individual supervision meetings with your Mentor Teacher.
*  Attend and contribute to weekly or bi-weekly supervision meetings with your Mentor Teacher and in 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 both in the classroom, throughout the school and on the playground. Follow policy related to injuries, accidents and incidents by completing accident/incident logs for the Director's signature. Post all appropriate policies and relevant classroom information in a visible place, including child allergies, emergency response procedures, health and illness policy, attendance sheets, hand washing and toileting procedures, location of first-aid/evacuation bag, and child attendance log. Maintain team meeting minutes and team communication log.
*  Create documentation to make learning visible, inform curriculum projects, and encourage collective inquiry and reflection among children, teachers and parents. Use technology (digital cameras and computers) to support the documentation process.
*  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;)


 
Job Requirements

Basic Requirements:


*  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.
*  Minimum of one (1) year teaching experience with children who have a wide range of individual differences, including special needs.
*  Excellent communication skills, both oral and written and oral and written; 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


Preferred Qualifications:


*  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 extended hours when necessary to meet the requirements of the position.   


Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.






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