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Lead Teacher (Early Childhood Education) - Infant Toddler
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type: Full Time
Salary: $34,163.00 To 68,652.00
2 Year Degree
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) has dedicated itself to providing high quality early childhood education to children from low-income families for the last 125 years. We serve nearly 450 children in full-day educational classes, each enriched with pre-literacy and language programs as well as arts and music instruction. BKS recognizes that families – the key to children’s success – often benefit from resources and support beyond the classroom. To that end, our social services staff provides counseling, referral services, and workshops for children and their families. We were rated one of the top seven school readiness programs in Greater New York (out of 1,700 organizations reviewed) by Root Cause Foundation. We provide full day, year-round care for children who are stimulated by the various curriculum studies initiated by them and guided by the principles of the Creative Curriculum.
The Early Childhood Education Teacheris the head of the classroom and is responsible for implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum (Creative Curriculum) as well as divvying out classroom related work to the Assistant Teacher and Teacher’s Aide. Early Childhood Education Teachersshould be able to work collaboratively with colleagues, supervisor, and families to ensure quality education.
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
Assist in the direction of a class of students (maybe mixed age) through daily activities
Communicates with families about children’s progress and work
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Planning and Program Implementation (50%)
Understand the goals, objectives, and vision of BKS
Understand the goals and objectives of the curriculum
Plan well-designed lessons that are aligned with the current units of study and culturally relevant pedagogy
Implement units of study and lesson plans in a thoughtful and intentional manner
Identify goals for children
Identify what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals
Identify classroom materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum towards achieving goals
Program Implementation (25%)
Provide positive guidance for children
Implement daily lesson plans
Lead various small group and center activities
Delegate various academic and classroom-based responsibilities to assistant teacher and teacher aides
Understand individual student goals and connect those goals to academic activities
Work with small groups of children to reinforce lessons, providing one-on-one instruction to students and supervising students in the classroom
Create a warm and welcoming environment that includes a print-rich, and culturally responsive culture
Additional Educational and non-Educational Duties (35%)
Assessment System (15%)
Complete and maintain observations and other running records
Provide consistent supervision that takes into account developmentally appropriate activities and health needs of the group and individual child
Relationship Building (5%)
Foster relationships with key stakeholders e.g., other teachers, family workers/social workers, parents and guardians for the purposes of school readiness
Promoting professional growth (5%)
Assume responsibility for professional performance and self-reflection
Fulfill roles as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Polices
Participate in staff meetings, conferences, training sessions, and workshops as assigned
Perform any other work-related duties necessary to the smooth functioning of the center as requested by the supervisor
At least an Associate’s Degree in Education working towards a Bachelor’s in Education Required. Bachelor’s Degree in any field of Education preferred, Master’s Degree or working towards Master’s Degree highly preferred
Minimum of 2 years' experience working with children ages 2-4 years old
A 2.5 minimum culminate undergraduate GPA if possessing of an undergraduate degree
Experience working with low-income populations and diverse cultures.
For more than 129 years, the mission of BKS has been to provide children from families who are low-income with access to a high quality education in a nurturing environment – an environment that cultivates their curiosity and extends the skills they need to succeed well beyond school. As a matter of compassion, justice, and solid public policy, BKS believes that every child deserves the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
We also believe in a work and learning environment based upon mutual trust and collaboration. That spirit of trust extends from the Executive Director and Board of Directors through to the staff, teachers, children, and families of BKS, creating a sense of community and shared responsibility between all stakeholders.
Children at BKS receive full-day educational classes with age-appropriate, evidence-based curricula and enrichment programs such as Spanish language music class, dance, the visual arts, and soccer. Beyond educational excellence, BKS also provides family services and support throughout the year. Our Early Learn centers are open 12 months a year, 10 hours a day.
BKS early childhood learning centers are located in public housing in Bedford-S...tuyvesant, Crown Heights, Brownsville, and Historic Weeksville Gardens. Each year our centers serve nearly 400 children and their families. New York City relies heavily on organizations like BKS to make wider access to early childhood education available through Pre-K For All and 3-K For All.