Associate Preschool Teacher (2020-2021)
ABOUT US The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.Our approach has three defining characteristics:We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development. We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children. We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school, and a parent wellness program.Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2020 we will expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and open our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team!ABOUT OUR HAYWARD SITE We are opening our second site in Hayward in 2020 with a founding class of three-year-old children and families. During the first year of operation in Hayward, parents with toddlers will engage in programming focused on family well-being and preschool readiness. Parents will then be able to enroll in the preschool in the fall of 2020. Drawing on key learnings from our first site, core components of the model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support and offering a full-day school starting with three-year-olds; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.ABOUT THE ROLE The Associate Teacher (Preschool) reports to the School Leader and is responsible for a subset of content and skills. They work with the support of the Lead Teacher and in partnership with other Associate Teachers to integrate their lessons into larger units. Associate Teachers teach multiple blocks during the day, providing them with the opportunity to quickly implement feedback and improve their practice. Responsibilities of this role will grow and deepen as the year progresses and the Associate Teacher gains more confidence and skill in leading small and whole group instruction. We believe in developing talent from within --- Associate Teachers receive regular coaching support and opportunities to practice literacy and math instruction so that they may grow into Lead Teachers.ResponsibilitiesWeekly and daily instructional planning tailored to the needs of each child Instructional delivery in large group, small group, and individualized formats Regular assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative student data with the goal of tailoring responsive instruction and support Ongoing collaboration with the Lead Teacher to create enriching, positive, joyful classroom climate and rigorous academic content Collaboration with other teachers to practice skills and jointly problem solve Regular meetings with and outreach to families Proactive collaboration and frequent engagement with The Primary School Parent Coaches and staff, and external health practitioners and partners Participation in reflection and coaching, both 1:1 with the School Leader and in group context with colleagues The critical features of this role are described above but are not all encompassing; as our school grows and evolves your responsibilities may shift accordingly.QUALIFICATIONS You have one or two years of teaching experience, or completion of a teacher preparation course or substantial experience working with students in an instructional setting, preferably serving a community similar to the city of Hayward You have an Associate’s degree or are in pursuit of a college degree You have a minimum of 6 ECE units Your work demonstrates a practice of creating transformative classroom culture for all kids. You are committed to social justice and take proactive steps to build an equitable classroom practice You have a deep commitment to all students You get that starting a new school and organization is no easy task and are not scared - in fact, you’re energized - by the idea of putting in the long hours and deep commitment needed to bring The Primary School to life You have a parent- and family-centered mindset A Plus If You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development You speak fluent Spanish You are from or have ties to the Hayward community Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.COMPENSATION Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan with employer matching, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.