The Co-op School values and respects classroom teachers as the central person in the process of educating children. The most important part of the teacher’s job is directly related to instruction of students; however, other responsibilities are also essential. The teacher’s relationships with students, colleagues, and the community are of major importance.
Assistant Teachers share with the Head Teacher the task of maintaining and organizing materials and preparing for the week's lessons. Assistant Teachers also spend a great deal of time helping their students with class work and projects, as well as facilitating social interactions between students and assisting with personal hygiene needs of the students. All Assistants have opportunities to teach small and large group lessons alone or with the assistance of the Head Teacher. Assistants partake in the planning of curriculum for the week or the month and have the opportunity to plan and execute their own unit of study at some point during the year. While communicating with parents via email, telephone, or in person is usually the responsibility of the Head Teacher, they should also be included in family communication. Assistants participate in parent conferences and contribute to the writing of student reports. Assistant Teachers attend staff meetings, curriculum nights, teacher meetings, and planning after school one hour a week.
Reports to: Preschool Division Head
Assistant Teacher role includes:
Instructional Planning, Preparation, & Communication
Working with the Division Head and Teachers to ensure the Co-op School’s mission and values are upheld inside and outside the classroom
Working with the Division Head and Teachers to ensure that the Co-op School is in compliance with all Department of Health and Department of Education safety and health regulations
Attending all training required by the State Licensing Board outlined by the Department of Health or Department of Education
Participating in all professional development provided to the staff by the Board and outside advisors
Working with the Division Head and Teachers to ensure that the Co-op School maintains a healthy and safe environment in which the children can learn, play, and grow
Assisting in fostering an open forum of communication between the staff and Co-op families
Working with the Administration and Teachers to ensure that all families and children are warmly greeted during drop off and pick up
Implementing an age-appropriate curriculum that embodies social-emotional learning, early literacy and early math skills, art, music, applied theatre, and movement
Assisting Lead Teachers in prepping, implementing, and hosting creative and age-appropriate activities
Meeting weekly (1 hour after school) with the teaching team to plan, update documentation, and maintain a clean learning environment
Updating displays of current projects around the classroom
Attending monthly staff meetings, open house, curriculum night, professional development, and parent-teacher conferences (twice a year)
Meeting with the Division Head to discuss project work and provide classroom updates
Working collaboratively with the Lead teacher to provide student observations
Documenting learning experiences and conversations among peers
Supporting lead teacher-student documentation process
Working collaboratively with the lead teacher to provide data for developmental progress reports and narratives
Assist in writing Today I’s in collaboration with the Lead Teacher
Leading classroom lessons and management if the lead teacher is absent
Attending all training required by the the Department of Health or Department of Education
Participating in all professional development provided to the staff
Attending all staff meetings
Exhibiting willingness to participate in the development and implementation of new ideas and teaching techniques
Engaging in activities that promote professional growth
Attending professional development days within or outside of the school
Working with the Division Head and colleagues to grow, practice, asking questions, and working through lesson planning collaboratively
Relationships with the School & Colleagues
The Co-op teachers are a part of the educational program in and about the building, including parent meetings, staff meetings, and teacher support. Teachers are expected to maintain a positive and supportive attitude in regards to the program. Teachers are also encouraged to establish and maintain harmonious and cooperative professional relationships with all staff members.
These roles include and are not limited to:
Exhibiting a cooperative attitude toward students, parents, community, and school personnel
Sharing ideas and techniques for improving instruction with one another and the ability to accept and offer constructive criticism
Collaborating and implementing projects, either in teams or in study groups
Following the prescribed process for communication within the school system, daily Edsby checks and posts
Responding to any emails in a timely fashion (within 24 hours)
Working on classroom projects and supporting school events by attending when possible (i.e. Gala, spirit days, Town Hall, Potluck, Book Fair, Open House, School Tours)
Relationships with Families
Always speaking about the school and co-staff in a positive and professional manner
Welcoming family and connecting at morning drop off and pick up
Fostering an open forum of communication between the staff and Co-op families
School Operations and Safe Environments
Working with the Division Head to ensure that the Co-op School is in compliance with our childcare license provided by the Department of Health or Department of Education and making sure a safe and healthy environment is provided at all times (following rules of Article 47)
Thoroughly cleaning and organizing classroom spaces
Informing the Administration if there is a health and safety concern
Maintaining personal belongings in communal areas (i.e. kitchen, lounge, multipurpose room)
Ability to build relationships with families and coworkers and create a dynamic environment where play and learning happens
At least 1 year of professional teaching experience preferred
High School Diploma/GED required. College ECE coursework is highly preferred
Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices
Must meet state-specific guidelines for the role
Commitment to diverse learning environments
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Experience collaborating with children, families, colleagues, and administrators
We are a progressive constructivist program that teaches to the individualities of every child and every unique classroom. The Co-op School models its curriculum based on these following beliefs:
Joyful learning lays the foundation for lifelong learning and critical thinking.
Creativity cannot exist without passion.
Children learn best when they are invested in finding out the answers to their questions and when learning is embedded in meaningful contexts, which makes learning fun and engaging.
It is important to us to educate the entire child on all levels: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
Students work as a group and think as individuals, expressing feelings and contributing ideas peacefully and respectfully.
Students will leave The Co-op School confident in their ability to effect change in the community and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves. As creative problem solvers, each with unique viewpoints and learning styles, students will embrace the idea of a more equitable world. We strive to inspire passion and teach children to become protagonists in their own educational journey by fostering their innate sense of curiosity and creativity.