AS Canavan HS Assistant Teacher
Company: Avance Inc
Location: Rio Grande City
Posted on: November 24, 2022
*Job Summary: *
The Head Start 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 AVANCE employees. The
assistant teachers role encompasses effective practices in the
following (as outlined in our Assistant Teacher Success
CLASS teacher-child interactions
* Learning environment
* Child assessment
* Meeting all childrens needs
* Working with families
* 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
childrens progress and individualize curriculum.
* Creates partnerships with families to establish positive
interaction patterns in program, school, and home.
The Assistant Teachers responsibilities also fall within the
following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as
* Ensure use of the written curriculum to identify the
* goals for childrens development and learning;
* the experiences through which children will achieve these
* what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these
* 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 lesson plans 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
* 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 childrens needs and
interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping,
knowledge of early childhood development and the key
* Implement Individual Family Services Plans (IFSPs) for children
* Provide children with a consistent classroom routine.
* Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of
children at all times in accordance with Early 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 infants and toddlers.
* 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 programs
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 childs development and education.
* Establish positive and productive relationships with families
focusing on building trust and rapport.
* Work with the Teacher to schedule and complete two home visits
per year and at least two parent-teacher conferences per year.
* Participate in parent orientation and AVANCEs Parent-Child
Education Program 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.
COMMUNICATION AND SERVICE COORDINATION*
* 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
* Forward classroom updates to the Teacher to be included in the
* Direct developmental concerns to the Early Learning and Inclusion
RECORD KEEPING AND RECORDING*
* 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.
ONGOING MONITORING AND SELF-ASSESSMENT*
* 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 the teaching team to analyze child outcomes on a
classroom basis twice yearly, consult with the education
coordinator and make adjustments to curriculum planning and
implementation as needed.
SUPERVISION AND HUMAN RESOURCES*
* Model appropriate classroom practices.
* Work with the Center Director 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 bi-weekly Team Meetings to reflect on
performance, generate solutions and ensure high-quality classroom
* Participates actively in bi-weekly Assistant Teacher
* Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as
_Non-Essential Duties: _
* Performs any and all other duties as assigned.
* At a minimum, a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a
state awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements
for a CDA credential, are enrolled in a program that will lead to
an associate or baccalaureate degree or are enrolled in a CDA
credential program to be completed within two years of the time of
* Physical exam and background checks are required for this
* Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time
for work-related meetings and functions.
* Must have a valid driver's license and reliable
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
* Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse
* Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
* Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office
applications and other basic data systems including internet
* Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
* Self-motivated and able to work independently.
* Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and
* Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically.
* Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and
fingers - typing and/or writing.
* Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing
and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer
terminal, extensive reading).
* Ability to receive and respond to oral communication.
* Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push,
pull, or otherwise move objects.
* Work is generally performed in an office environment.
* Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally
loud (examples: business office with computers and printers, light
to moderate traffic, human voices).
* Standard office equipment generally used includes:
* Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
* Printer/Photocopy Machine
* Fax Machine
* May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $12.23 - $18.35 per hour%58047475%
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