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AIR is seeking candidates for the position of site visitor to aid in data collection for a study examining the relationship between educator supports, instructional practices, and children’s developmental outcomes in early childhood educational settings in Massachusetts. AIR is conducting various data collection activities with site administrators, early childhood educators, and parents that include early childhood classroom observations and survey administrations.
Site visitors will conduct classroom observations in early childhood care settings throughout Massachusetts between March and May 2013 in English and/or Spanish-speaking settings. Settings include both center-based programs and family child care provider programs.
- Attending a 5 day site visitor training on March 4-8, 2013 in Waltham, MA and completing reliability testing the week of March 11-15.
- Conducting 2-4 observations per week at early education sites throughout Massachusetts, particularly in the western Massachusetts area (defined as west of Worchester, MA).
- Use of structured observations protocols, including the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
- In conjunction with the AIR study team, communicating with site administrators regarding site visit scheduling.
- Participating in regular conference calls with other field staff and the AIR study team.
- Maintaining high inter-rater reliability in observation protocol rating with senior field staff through training and data collection observations with senior field staff.
- Adhering to established timelines and quality expectations for submission of data collection materials.
- Completing human subject’s protection training prior to data collection.
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in education, social sciences or related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree in early childhood education or a related field.
- Bilingual skills (fluency in both English and Spanish) preferred but not required.
- Must be able to successfully pass a test after provided training on the structured observation protocol.
- Knowledge of early childhood education and child development.
- Experience conducting observations and/or assessments in education settings preferred.
- Ability to attend a paid, week-long training in Waltham, MA on March 4-8.
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