The Master Teacher is responsible for the training, coaching and supervision of the education staff. He/She is also responsible for the coordination of referrals and services related to children with Special Needs or Mental Health concerns. The Master Teacher participates in the interdisciplinary planning and coordination of the comprehensive developmental program ensuring individual needs of children are met as well as the program standards of Educare of Omaha, Early Head Start/Head Start, the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Educare of Omaha is a collaborative partnership between the Omaha Public Schools, Early Head Start/Head Start and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. The mission of Educare is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children ages 0 to 5 through the provision of evidence-based education, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and their families.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASK
- Review education plans for children and provide regular constructive, individualized feedback to teachers.
- Engages in coaching and reflective practices with classroom teachers to ensure high quality program practices by observing in classrooms, engaging in collaborative problem-solving and planning, implementation of agreed upon strategies, and reflecting on progress made to determine next steps.
- Assist teachers in interpreting and analyzing assessment results to support teachers in using those results to plan individual and classroom experiences as well as in their conversations with families.
- Model developmentally appropriate early childhood instructional techniques and practices in the classroom including Positive Behavior Supports, Touchpoint Principles and Assumptions.
- Build supportive relationships with families and encourage their participation in the program.
- Collaborate with Family Support Staff in identifying any barriers for children and families as it relates to participation in Early Childhood Educational services
- Participate in interdisciplinary meetings for children and families staffings such as Family Child Reviews (FCR’s), Individualized Family Service Plan/Individualized Education Plan meetings, and the Family Partnership Agreement Process in collaboration with the Lead Teacher, Family Services Supervisor, Family Engagement Specialists, Health Services Coordinator and Consultants as necessary.
- Conduct regular reflective supervision (individual and group) with education staff.
- Conduct introductory and annual employee evaluations of teachers, associate teachers, and teacher aides.
- Collaboratively implement a coaching process with education staff to promote high quality instruction.
- Coordinate supervision of student teachers, practicum students and volunteers.
- Coordinate lead, associate and teacher aide meetings regularly.
- Provide guidance, support and suggestions to the education staff to meet and exceed ITERS/ECERS, CLASS, Head Start, Nebraska Department of Education, NAEYC and Educare of Omaha program standards.
- Identify professional development needs of staff and participate in the development of a training plan for staff development and assist with implementing training as needed.
- Support implementation of new strategies gained through training.
- Prepare monthly reports
- Participate in reflective supervision regularly with the Site Director to receive guidance, report progress, plan new strategies, discuss problems, and receive information on program policies and procedures
- Interview and hire educational staff in collaboration with the Site Director and Human Resource staff.
- Provide orientation to new staff, volunteers and student/practicum students as needed
- Coordinate and facilitate special program events in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team
- Monitor all activities in the education program, using required monitoring tools and reports.
- Coordinate referrals for children with special needs with the Omaha Public School District.
- Coordinate referrals for mental health services with the classroom consultant/Mental Health consultant.
- Collaborate with Educare’s Speech/Language Pathologist to develop individualized services for identified children. Interdisciplinary work
- Attend IFSP/IEP meetings; ensure that goals are incorporated in the individualized lesson plans for children.
- Engage with the Site Director to report progress, plan new strategies.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
- Master’s Degree in Education (Early Childhood preferred) with certification to teach in field of early childhood education preferred; or
Bachelor of Science with a minimum of 18 graduate hours earned in ECE, Child Development or closely related field
- Experience in teaching children birth to 5
- Two years supervision/administrative experience in early childhood setting preferred.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS / ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Knowledge of curriculum, principles and best practices of early childhood education
- Ability and willingness to remain abreast of developments in the child development/early childhood education field to enhance professional growth and development.
- Willingness to participate in Educare’s commitment to continuously review, analyze and apply findings from local and national evaluations to current program design.
- Knowledge of state child care licensing requirements
- Knowledge of basic principles and practices of program management and staff supervision.
- Ability to utilize and provide reflective supervision.
- Ability to work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
- Ability to establish supportive relationships and form an alliance with staff and families from diverse backgrounds on behalf of children
- Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that demonstrates and fosters cooperation, respect, concern and openness to change
- Ability to take, or think about the perspective of others and demonstrate self-awareness of one’s own culture, beliefs, and values
- Ability to physically interact with children including the ability to walk or run quickly, kneel or sit on floor, bend and lift, walk over rough or uneven ground, while in or outside of facility.
- Ability to lift, carry and move center/classroom equipment and supplies and/or bulky objects or children weighing up to 50 lbs.
- Organization skills with the ability to manage time and multiple priorities
- Ability to collaboratively problem-solve
- Maintain boundaries and performs all duties in an ethical and professional manner.
- Complies with all confidentiality regulations as required
- Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification.
- Ability to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, a telephone, fax machine, and copier.