Assistant Teacher
Acelero Learning - Philadelphia, PA

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Job Summary:

This position serves as an Assistant Teacher for a Head Start classroom. The Assistant Teacher will work collaboratively with the Teacher to ensure the successful operation of a classroom with a total of 15-20 children. The Assistant Teacher also works with a team of other classroom teachers and family members to implement the curriculum to achieve outcomes for children of all abilities.

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 Acelero Learning employees.

  • 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 children’s progress and individualize curriculum.
    • Creates partnerships with families to establish positive interaction patterns in program, school, and home.
    Responsibilities:

    The Assistant Teacher’s responsibilities chiefly fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed:
    • Planning
    • Program Implementation
    • Family Partnerships
    • Communication and Service Coordination
    • Record Keeping and Reporting
    • On-going Monitoring and Self-Assessment
    • Supervision and Human Resources
    • Planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, and numeracy awareness, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, and their problem solving abilities.
    • Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment.
    • Supporting the social and emotional development of children.
    • Encouraging the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and supporting the development of relationships between children and their families.
    Planning
  • Will assist in ensuring that the written curriculum includes:
  • goals for children’s 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 them 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.


  • Program Implementation
  • 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 children’s 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.
  • Requirements:
    • CDA credential or enrolled to complete within one year of hire OR a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with at least nine (9) credits in Early Childhood Education.
    • Able to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed.
    • Intermediate computer literacy skills in email, Microsoft Office.
    • Obtain CPR and First Aid certification within the first year of employment.

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