For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Position Objective: Substitute in place of absent teaching staff (Classroom Teacher or Paraprofessional) determine the needs and provide for the development of children, will act as a role model for teaching staff and work to create a safe environment for children. This staff member will implement and maintain all components regarding elementary school children requirements.
Responsibilities: Provides technical assistance, support, and role modeling to members of the classroom teaching team in curriculum and developmental issues. Maintains knowledge in the field to develop professional skills. Implement teaching plans as designed by classroom teacher. Prepare records of observation and maintain periodic progress reports regarding the children as needed. Seek to understand the elementary school curriculum and role model asset building behavior when interacting with participants, employees and other stakeholders. Any additional responsibilities as given by Principal and/or Supervisor.
Complete necessary reports and records in an accurate and timely manner.
Quality Assurance: Actively seek to align programs with best practices or standards for high quality. Ensure on time and accurate collection of data using organization’s database and/or funder databases. Report findings to supervisor; make recommendations for improving quality of services and/or department’s outcomes system; ensure successful implementation department strategies. Use outcome findings to enhance organizations public image and promote programs to families, volunteers, funders, and stakeholders.
Qualifications: Two years of experience (full-time) in an elementary school setting as a paraprofessional,
Substitute and/or teacher’s assistant. Bi- lingual skills in a variety of languages is a plus.
Education: Illinois Substitute Teacher License required. Bachelor Degree in education related field preferred.