Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:17 PM
Teacher II for Palm Beach Head Start **By clicking "Apply Now" you will be redirected to our career site to complete our agency application. General Description: Serves as lead worker in classroom. Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for pre-school aged children or infants/toddlers in the Head Start/Early Heart Start Program that comply with federal performance standards. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts. Essential Functions: Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for pre-school age children or infants and toddlers that meet federal performance standards.Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.Screens and assesses children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory.Documents children's progress or lack of and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.Initiates referrals on children to the Center Director by submission of a variety of formal documents.Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, and telephone to apprise them of child's progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice and other health conditions, and reports to appropriate Health Coordinator.Ensures lessons and classroom activities align with the Florida Pre-Kindergarten standards.Conducts Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten assessments as required.Ensures that at least 80% of the children are kindergarten ready.Performs quality staff-child interactions resulting in a CLASS scores greater than the lowest 10% of the threshold in each domain.Uses active supervision techniques and maintains positive classroom behavior.Receives a satisfactory or higher score on the Teacher Success Rubric.Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child's work, and a developmental assessment.Uses home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.Orders supplies and equipment to be used by special needs children in the classroom.Assists in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports.Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Head Start/Early Head Start staff.Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.Performs other related duties as required. Education: A baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-aged children. Coursework equivalent to a major related to Early Childhood Education includes but is not limited to the following: 1) Teaching credentials: licensure or certification by the state for Pre-K teachers recognized by the local school district or state education agency as qualifying teachers to teach pre-school children in that school district or state if the individual has at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching pre-school aged children. OR 2) Coursework: No less than 18 semester credits in courses that focus specifically on child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical development, mathematics, science and children's literature. These courses may have been taken in various departments such as Education, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others, and must specifically address young children. A baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America's professional staff. Completion of State Childcare Training required including Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschoolers or Infant/Toddlers Course; and proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course. In addition all state mandated courses for the Voluntary prekindergarten required. Experience: Two years of experience teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area. Also required: Certification in First Aid and CPR and successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check and drug screening prior to hiring. Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services 3230 Commerce Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 EOE/DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE Company Description: Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is an organization that is guided by big ideas and these guiding principles create an imperative to serve that compels LSF to build on organizational strengths, overcome weaknesses and create effective programs in response to human suffering and need. The mission, values, vision and ends polices guide the work of LSF. These guiding principles also shape the advocacy and promotion efforts of the organization, which focus on the needs of the vulnerable, overcoming barriers to service and positioning LSF to effectively respond to opportunities. The LSF business model responds to a rapidly changing service landscape with an aggressive growth strategy. That growth is predicated on methodical pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities and the maintenance of a new program "pipeline." LSF provides value by developing and competently deploying efficient organizational structures; effective operating policies and procedures; accountable management systems and processes; and expertise in the form of personnel, strategic alliances or purchased services. We have over 60 Programs throughout Florida, an operating budget of over $210 million dollars and 1,400 employees. Our Head Start Programs are in multiple counties throughout Florida providing multiple program options including center base, family childcare, home base, pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers. MISSION: Lutheran Services Florida serves to bring Gods healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ. VISION: LSF sees itself and its employees as called and committed servants of Christ by serving the needy, the frail, and the powerless with integrity, faith, love and kindness in order to change lives, restore dignity, work for justice and bring healing, hope and help. LSF is a leader in the State of Florida in providing human services. VALUES: We derive our basic values from a Biblical understanding of loving creative and redemptive activity in Christ Jesus. We seek partnerships with congregations to serve people in need. We recognize that no one agency or group can be fully effective when working alone; and we therefore seek relationships with other faith-based organizations and/or community-based organizations with similar missions. We do not discriminate in the provision of services. We do not discriminate in hiring; we seek staff members who are culturally competent and committed to serving others. We intentionally seek former clients capable of joining our staff, and we encourage promotion from within. We believe that our success should be evaluated by our abilities to serve those in need and change their lives for the better. We want employees that love serving our families. LSF: Love, Service, Faith.
• Location: West Palm Beach
• Post ID: 49590373 westpalmbeach