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AS Canavan HS Assistant Teacher

Company: Avance Inc
Location: Rio Grande City
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

*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 Rubric):

CLASS teacher-child interactions
* Learning environment
* Curriculum
* 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 needed:

* Ensure use of the written curriculum to identify the following:
* goals for childrens development and learning;
* the experiences through which children will achieve these goals;
* what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals;
* 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 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 childrens needs and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping, knowledge of early childhood development and the key experiences.
* Implement Individual Family Services Plans (IFSPs) 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 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.


* 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 the monthly newsletter.
* Direct developmental concerns to the Early Learning and Inclusion Leaders.


* 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 CreativeCurriculum.net.
* 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.


* 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 operations.
* Participates actively in bi-weekly Assistant Teacher Meetings.
* Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.

_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 hire.

* Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.

* 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 transportation.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

* Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

* Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

* Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation.

* Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.

* Self-motivated and able to work independently.

Physical Requirements:

* Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.

* 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 Environment:

* 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:

* Telephone

* Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet

* Printer/Photocopy Machine

* Calculator

* Fax Machine

* May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $12.23 - $18.35 per hour%58047475%

Keywords: Avance Inc, Mission , AS Canavan HS Assistant Teacher, Education / Teaching , Rio Grande City, Texas

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