Under the direction of the ECS Assistant Director, and in collaboration with the Early Head Start Manager, the EHS Coach is responsible for providing high quality coaching, guided reflection, training and technical assistance to Early Head Start education staff on best practices related to early learning and supporting the social emotional development of infants and toddlers in compliance with comprehensive Head Start Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Required to provide Coaching using an approved, research-based coaching model, as determined by OHS and the program management, and follow to fidelity.
CLASSROOM SUPPORT SERVICES:
Develops and maintains positive, supportive relationships with teaching staff in order to support staff growth. Develops and maintains schedules for on-site visits and observations for the purpose of determining individual and program needs. Conducts focused observations and provides reflection and feedback to teaching staff in order to set goals and develop action plans. Provides constructive feedback and on-site support for teaching practices in order to increase teacher confidence and competence. This may include modeling, co-teaching, co-home visiting, observing, providing reading materials or other resources as needed. Supports teacher implementation of program's approach to culturally responsive programming for the purpose of meeting the key language needs of all children. Utilizes the Practice-Based Coaching Model.
DOCUMENTATION & REPORTING:
Gathers and records information about teacher's implementation of practices described in goals/action plans for the purpose of summarizing and analyzing data. Works jointly with Managers to compile and interpret program data for the purpose of determining focus areas for mentoring and professional development as well as developing data related needs assessments and procedures.
Plans and presents individual and group workshops on relevant child development topics. Provides follow up support to staff following any form of training for the purpose of increasing implementation of information and transfer of skill into competence and improved teaching practices. Participates in substantial initial and ongoing professional development for the purpose of providing effective mentor/coach activities as well as provide expertise on theory and practices that support children's development. Participates in VHSA/ Region One Coaching Cohort meetings. Enrolls in the Northern Lights MATCH Registry and Instructor Registry to provide Documentation of Professional Development hours to participants.
*In addition to the above, performs other duties as assigned.
BA/BS in early childhood education, child development, or related field required; Master's degree preferred. Three years supervisory experience in a related setting preferred. Knowledge of and familiarity with the practices and principles of early childhood education, including curriculum, assessment, individualized learning, promoting parents as their child's first teacher, continuity of care, and teacher/caregiver training and supervision. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Experience with data collection, analysis, and reporting to stakeholders, including, staff, program management and program leadership. Experience utilizing environmental ratings scales (ex. ECERS, ITERS,) and teacher/child interaction tools (Quality of Caregiver- Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT) and Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS). Demonstrated ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, receive and provide feedback, and manage dynamic interchanges in meeting. An understanding of the Head Start philosophy and the ability to implement its principal of shared authority and decision-making.
Valid Driver's License, reliable transportation, and vehicle insurance.
Proficiency in word processing, scanning, faxing, and ability to quickly learn and use electronic case management system. Microsoft Office tools proficiency for communication and scheduling, and Virtual Meeting Platforms proficiency, and Teaching Strategies GOLD for data and School Readiness Goals are also required.
United Children's Services of Bennington County/ Bennington County Head Start- Early Head Start operates 5STAR sites in North Bennington, Bennington, and Pownal VT, and serving children ages 6 weeks- 5 years and their families with comprehensive early childhood education. Our programs make up the Early Childhood Services Division of our grantee agency, United Counseling Services.
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An established leader and provider of health and human services in Southern Vermont, United Counseling Service provides nearly 3,000 people each year with a broad range of mental health, developmental and children's services along with early childhood education. Approximately 300 employees are making a positive difference at 16 facilities operating throughout Bennington County.
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