Easterseals serves 33,000 clients annually in programs across Chicagoland and the Rockford Region in Illinois and Northwest, Indiana, proudly employing over 600 dedicated professionals since 1936. We offer a wide-range of programs, some of which include therapeutic schools and adult programs for individuals living with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities, inclusive early childhood education, early intervention, home visiting, training and more.
Responsible for contributing to the development of the overall agency and center educational plan and for the classroom implementation of the center plan that is geared to meet the needs of each individual child enrolled in the program in accordance with NAEYC, Head Start Performance Standards.
Demonstrates knowledge of Creative Curriculum. Ability to utilize Creative Curriculum system.
Demonstrates knowledge of Teaching Strategies GOLD. Ability to utilize Teaching Strategies GOLD online system.
Leads classroom team in creating a developmentally appropriate environment
Supervises all activities of the children at all times.
Account for children using Active Supervision.
Supports the quality of the classroom by working in partnership with other classroom staff.
Attend and/or complete required and recommended trainings.
Attend required and recommended meetings.
Complete an ongoing professional development plan.
Support agency’s School Readiness goals.
Supervises and provides guidance other classroom personnel
Trains and evaluated subordinate staff and prepares performance and progress reports
Researches new curriculum methods and reinforcement materials
Shares responsibility for cleaning up after all classroom activities. Assumes over-all responsibility for proper care of classroom equipment and supplies
Recommends maintenance and repairs as needed in the classroom to maintain safety compliances.
Generate and implement developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
Utilize child outcome data to guide lesson planning and developmentally appropriate activities
Participate in Coaching to Fidelity.
Participate in Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and/or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings.
Prepares reports on classroom activities, including attendance records.
Utilizes Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and/or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to support children with disabilities.
Works closely with consultants and other Easter Seals staff personnel.
Travel to other classrooms and/or sites, as needed, to serve as the teacher or teacher assist.
All other duties as assigned.
Must meet Head Start Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education (ECE) or Bachelor’s degree in another related field with at least 30 hours in ECE. Infant Toddler Coursework Required, Infant Toddler Credential Preferred.
Experience as a teacher in an early childhood classroom.
Valid driver’s license.
Bilingual skills may be required or preferred based on the needs of the program.
Must have the ability to create a classroom atmosphere in which children can develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and creatively.
Able to work well with staff, families, other agencies and funding source personnel.
Well-organized, detail-oriented and accuracy-driven.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Able to manage multiple projects.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
Easterseals changes the way the world defines and views disabilities by making positive, profound differences in peoples' lives every day. If you are passionate about what you do, then we'd love to hear from you. Our talented, diverse and agile workforce is the cornerstone of what we do day-in and day-out, which is why we hire the best in the market. We hope you will be one of them.