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Clayton Early Learning is one of the nation's leaders in early childhood education, dedicated to improving the quality of learning that children experience before they begin kindergarten. When we have positions available, we seek early childhood professionals who want to spread their wings, share their talents, work collaboratively with other leaders in early childhood and actively incorporate research-based strategies into improving their practice.



Preschool Mentor Coach

Department: Education
Location: Denver, CO

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Coaches and supervises teachers with a research-based coaching model which involves ongoing cycle of reflection, observation/practice, demonstration/modeling and feedback that emphasizes the analysis and application of child and program quality data to improve the delivery of instruction and other services to achieve targeted child and program outcomes. Directs and manages the operations of education within assigned classrooms within the school structure. This includes providing leadership, direction, reflective supervision, coaching, monitoring and the coordination of training for staff as appropriate. Partners with team leads to provide leadership for the delivery of quality comprehensive school based services.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:  

• Coaches classroom teachers in developmentally appropriate curriculum using a research-based coaching model that emphasizes the analysis and application of child and program quality data to improve the delivery of instruction and other services to achieve targeted child and program outcomes.  

• Demonstrates/models effective practices and provides ongoing training and coaching to teachers on site that is directly responsive to individual teacher needs and questions related to research and best practices in early childhood education.  

• Utilizes the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to provide an ongoing measure of the teacher-child interactions for purposes of professional development. Uses common metric and vocabulary of CLASS to describe various aspects of interaction across three dimensions of quality including: emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support.

• Demonstrates an understanding of and implements federal, licensing and organizational guidelines, performance standards as well as state and local regulations.  Manages, coordinates, tracks, monitors and maintains record keeping systems in compliance with these requirements.  

• Reviews monthly monitoring and tracking reports to ensure quality benchmarks are met including: lesson plans,  assessments, screenings, home-visits, parent-teacher conferences, child/family reviews,  attendance, performance standard requirements and the implementation of quality services for children and families.  

• Involved in the identification and RFO process for early intervention which includes attending classroom meetings to ensure individual child plans are completed for children in the assigned classroom.  

• Collaborates with Lead Teachers to provide opportunities for professional growth and classroom training by working with the Education and Professional Development coordinator, management team, the Clayton Institute and/or HR.  Disseminates pertinent training program information and materials to staff.  

• Ensures that ethnic and cultural backgrounds are appropriately recognized and integrated into the curriculum, classrooms, programs and services. Provides opportunities for cultural competency development activities.  

• Collaborates with content teams to discuss children’s progress and ensure their individual and group needs, including those with special needs, are met.  Works effectively with the management team to ensure smooth program operations.  Follows established lines of communication.  

• Provides supervision to lead teachers in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Initiates personnel actions such as interviews and hires; manages staff performance such as directs work, appraises performance, rewarding and disciplinary measures, and professional development; promotes positive employee relations through open communication, reflective supervision and prompt resolution of issues.  

• Demonstrates responsible professional behavior by participating effectively within and across teams. Works effectively on the management team to ensure smooth program operations.  

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  

Minimum education: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred.  Three (3) years of classroom experience plus 1 year of administration or teacher training level experience.  Knowledge of economic, cultural, and societal challenges of ethnically diverse communities.  

Work experience in positions similar or related to this job: 4 to 6 years working with infants/toddlers.

Certificates or licenses: Colorado Department of Human Services child care center director qualification.  Pediatric CPR and First Aid certification. Valid driver’s license with evidence of vehicle insurance.  

Special professional and/or job-related requirements: Current PPD-TB and physical examination, background check, and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.  

Special training or experience: Knowledge of low-income, minority communities and cultures.  Thorough knowledge of community problems and resources.  Experience in relating to children 0-5 years old, and interacting with parents and others who represent the community.  May involve interaction with various backgrounds. 

Experience in evaluating situations and decision-making.   Ability to provide team leadership.  Demonstrated organizational, writing, and communication skills.  Training or experience in working as a functional member of a team.

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