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We are excited for your interest in improving early childhood education and care, and for making a lasting impact in people’s lives.

Our priority is high-quality education and care for all young children in Central Massachusetts. We work closely with community partners to develop effective programming, serve as an educational resource to the community and provide professional development and coaching for early educators. When challenges arise, we advocate for young children and families, locally and statewide, so that every child’s needs are met.

We do what it takes on behalf of children, families, and early educators to ensure every young child can enjoy a rich, supportive childhood and a wonderful future.

Currently, we are looking for organized, energetic, compassionate people to help us make a real difference in people’s lives. There has never been a more pivotal time to be part of our field, because the need has never been greater to transform how we envision early childhood education and care.

We care about the work we’re doing. We convene and collaborate to solve problems. We educate and train to support early learning and care. We advocate for, and raise awareness of, the needs of early childhood.

We care about making a difference in the lives of children and their families.

SPED Coach – Grant Funded

OVERVIEW 

Edward Street is a nonprofit with a mission to promote early childhood success through improving the quality and impact of early education and care and the development of young children and strengthening families in Central Massachusetts. The SPED Coach provides direct coaching and consultation to early education and care classrooms at several providers to enhance early learning environments and outcomes for children with emerging or identified special needs. 

The SPED Coach provides coaching, mentoring and other classroom supports to the teaching team to enhance and maintain high levels of quality in children’s learning experiences, instruction and environment. The SPED Coach participates in the classroom weekly for approximately three hours with a focus on reflective practice addressing teaching skills, modeling & strategies to support student access to curriculum & classroom activities, teacher-child interactions, classroom environment, and family interactions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will work in partnership with early education and care centers in Worcester to provide coaching supports and liaise with the center director on teaching team and child goals, growth and identified service supports. The SPED Coach communicates with the centers’ Family Liaison/Family Support Staff to support the referral process to Worcester Public Schools. The SPED Coach will use current evidenced based practices and tools to design and deliver coaching and mentoring supports for classrooms. The SPED Coach will maintain current credentials to be able to use evidenced based tools and provide high quality coaching support, coordinated services guidance, and function as an interdisciplinary team member.

Classroom Coaching 

  • Provide observations of classrooms and supportive coaching to support children with identified and/or emerging needs.
  • Provide regular in-classroom coaching with weekly sessions for 8 grant-related classrooms.
  • Provide observation of individual educators; implement strategies based on CLASS tool results.
  • Host follow-up discussions with teaching teams to support goal setting, discuss progress, and identify additional needs or resources.
  • Utilize an array of evidenced-based tools for in-classroom coaching and mentoring.
  • Provide direct modeling to support educators.
  • Provide access to materials and professional articles to enhance teacher development and support classroom goals.
  • Maintain coaching data and track impact of work.
  • Conduct regular meetings with center leadership to provide insights into growth and process of teaching teams.
  • Regularly connect with center’s Family Liaison/Family Support Staff to support referrals to Worcester Public Schools and ancillary services/supports for families.

Professional Development

  • Design professional development activities to enhance skill development in preschool classrooms, including but not limited to workshops, professional learning communities (PLCs), and other PD models. This could include working with external agencies, experts and/or WPS to collaborate to design, deliver and/or schedule professional development related to special education, early childhood mental health, or parent support.
  • Gather and share resources to support coaching goals, such as contemporary research articles, texts, videos, and other professional resources.
  • Collaborate with ES Master Teacher to develop/facilitate training to support newly hired staff.

Special Projects

  • Support other special projects that connect with Edward Street’s work and community-wide partnerships, such as Countdown to Kindergarten, Children’s Art Shows, Day of Play Family Festival, etc.
  • Represent ES in working groups, advisory, coalitions, and other community-based meetings, as needed.

Other duties as assigned by Master Teacher/Director of Educational Services.

QUALIFICATIONS

Edward Street is seeking a motivated, self-starter who enjoys working with children and educators and collaborating with partners to support professional growth & development. A flexible, organized, and insightful coach who can identify and model strategies to support educators working with children with emerging/identified needs.

Other qualifications:

  • Hold a minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college, Master’s Degree with a concentration in one degree for early childhood education and special education preferred.
  • Minimum five years teaching experience in preschool classrooms, and/or inclusion, small groups and individual settings with children with special needs.
  • Minimum three years’ experience supervising and/or providing professional development to classroom teachers.
  • Experience in implementing developmentally appropriate early childhood curricula and structured teaching practices for early childhood teachers.
  • Experience with performance based preschool assessments.
  • Experience with Early Intervention and/or IEP development (public schools).
  • Understanding of referral processes for identifying potential cognitive, social/emotional, physical disabilities that may impact learning.
  • Understanding of resources that families can access for support in home environment for children with identified/emerging cognitive or behavioral health needs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of early childhood education, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to early childhood learning, students with special needs and English language learners, and developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with young children, teaching staff, administration, parents and the community.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and/or Portuguese) preferred.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use electronic equipment for word processing, data management, information retrieval, visual and audio presentations, and telecommunications.
  • Provide evidence that criminal record history checks (CORI and SORI) have been recently conducted and clearance has been given.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no serious violations, and is able to travel to center locations within Worcester.

PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to move about and may be required to traverse occasionally throughout the center building.
  • Must often remain in stationary position for considerable periods of time;
  • Is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, and sit, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;
  • Is expected to lift at least 20 lbs. (i.e. books, school supplies, toys, etc.)
  • Must frequently use hand to finger, handle, feel, and use hand strength to grasp tools;
  • Must be able to assist children who have physical difficulties;
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e.. calculator, copy machine, and computer printer;
  • Must be able to input information into a computer as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with children, teachers, and other staff members in person, via email and the telephone;
  • In the classroom, must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis in order to ensure the safety of children as well as speak frequently to provide direction/instruction.
  • May be required to move quickly across even and uneven surfaces;
  • Must be able to assist children who have physical disabilities working in a typical classroom environment with acceptable level of noise;
  • Must interact with children, teachers and other staff members;
  • Must be able to kneel, sit, stand, crawl, push and pull to assist and instruct;
  • While the majority of time is spent inside must spend time outdoors for recess/outdoor playtime, fire drills, and special activities;
  • May be exposed to bodily fluids, disease or pathogens;
  • May receive unintentional injuries from aggressive children, and may be required some degree of physical interaction with children who have difficulty controlling their behavior.

Edward Street is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive workplace. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Edward Street is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Edward Street prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Compensation: Currently, a grant-funded one-year position - Salary range, $75,000-$85,000, and a benefits package commensurate with work in a nonprofit, including health & dental insurance, paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, personal days, sick days, and retirement plan.

Send resume to (insert “SPED Coach” in subject line). Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.

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