San Francisco, CA
Congregation Emanu-El Preschool is on a journey to become a model Jewish preschool which upholds contemporary best practices in the field of early childhood education. We use an inquiry-based approach to learning where teachers and children co-construct curriculum that is grounded in Jewish culture and traditions while interweaving developmentally appropriate curriculum. Teacher research and pedagogical documentation are central to our work as are responsive and reflective teaching practices.
Responsibilities and Duties
Curriculum Development, Documentation, and Teaching:
- Plan, implement, reflect upon and document developmentally appropriate inquiry-based curriculum for the children in accordance with the policies and the philosophy of the school.
- Document each child’s learning experiences and developmental growth and use the documentation to guide curriculum planning.
- Gear the program to the needs of the individual child with concerns for his/her interests, individual style and stage of development; and to the class as a group. Help each child to become aware of his/her role as a member of the group, while reinforcing positive self-esteem, as well as consciously promoting a diverse and anti-bias atmosphere.
- Interactions with children must reflect respect, compassion and a willingness to gently guide the child.
- Intentional, ordered arrangement, appearance, decor, and appropriate learning environment of the classroom and play yard.
- Maintain and implement procedures to ensure the health and safety of the children ensuring they are under supervision at all times.
- Keep records on each child, to include weekly and monthly attendance sheets, accident log, developmental growth, conference records and notes home.
- Assume an equal share of the joint housekeeping responsibilities of the staff.
- Create and work towards mutually agreed upon goals of an annual professional growth plan set with a supervisor
- Attend all staff meetings and be accountable for all information disbursed at such meetings and in written format.
- Participate in recommended professional development programs and in-service workshops and other opportunities for professional growth.
- Establish and maintain positive, professional, and effective communication and supportive ties with children, staff, parents, and third party consultants to meet the individual needs of children and their families which establish a partnership between school and home for the child.
- Understand, and articulate the philosophy of the school.
- Assist in public relations and community building events sponsored by the school.
- Act as a model for aides and assistant teachers and mentor their training and development. Give clear directions and feedback to assistants regularly.
- Communicate clearly and appropriately with fellow staff members, School Director, assistant director and other staff within the temple; work in cooperation and with respect for fellow staff members.
- Maintain professional standards and conduct and positive work ethic.
- Respect confidentiality of school-related information.
- Perform other duties, as requested by supervisor
Family Partnership and Communication:
- Engage in respectful dialogue with parents.
- Write and send daily updates through e-mail to families.
- Participate in parent-teacher conferences twice per year.
- Collaborates with team in the creation of portfolios for each child.
- Conduct home visits as required.
Qualifications and Skills
- BA degree in child development, early childhood education or related field plus 12 units of ECE
- Master’s Degree preferred
- Experience working in a Jewish preschool desirable
Medical, dental, vision coverage; 403b
To inquire, please contact Director of Early Childhood Education, Nika Greenberg at [email protected].
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