TITLE: Co-Teacher
SALARY RANGE: Per Union Contract
HOURS: Per Bargaining Unit Agreement
STATUS: Non-Exempt Classification
The Co-Teacher is responsible for implementing a pre-school classroom of up seventeen (17) children. Duties include providing classroom supervision on a daily basis, conducting one (1) Home Visit per child, and two (2) parent-teacher conferences for enrolled families.
A. Essential Functions
Adhere to and be able to articulate Program philosophy, Head Start Performance Standards, Minnesota Statute Rule 9503/245A, Head Start Service Area Plans, personnel and administrative policies, Agency Mission Statement, Blood Borne Pathogens Policy, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) Policy, and Data Privacy and Affirmative Action Policies; and utilize when performing responsibilities.
Support the mission of the Agency.
Be able to articulate and implement appropriate emergency procedures.
Maintain confidentiality and professionalism in performing responsibilities.
Maintain all applicable required records, and submit all applicable reports, data entry, and paperwork in a timely manner as required by supervisor.
Attend staff meetings, and participate in training programs offered by the Agency.
Attend authorized meetings specific to individual family services.
Be an active team member with co-workers in accomplishing Program goals, objectives, and assignments.
Be an active team member with outside agencies as applicable (including but not limited to ECSE, Mental Health providers, WIC, medical and dental clinics)
Work cooperatively with Family Advocates and other Service Area staff to assist families in accessing resources as needed.
Maintain case notes documenting family changes/situations and any appropriate referrals to Family Advocates or Coordinating staff and/or other agencies.
Actively participate in Program recruitment activities.
Recruit volunteers to assist in the Program.
Ensure that parents are informed of volunteer opportunities within the Head Start Program.
Prepare classroom site into a conducive learning environment.
Monitor classroom attendance and follow up on absences to meet Program and Performance Standards.
Participate in Center activities.
Ensure that applicable Head Start Performance Standards are met within the assigned caseload.
Ensure meal times adhere to CACFP standards.
Maintain classroom attendance to meet Program and Performance Standards.
Develop and implement written weekly lesson plans.
Integrate all Program Service Areas into lesson plans.
Submit lesson plans to supervisor.
Maintain the required CLASS scores in each of the three domains, as determined by the Program.
Role model appropriate adult/child interaction consistent with established Early Childhood Best Practices.
Reinforce, through implementation of all aspects of the Program, the role of parents as primary educator of their children.
Assist each enrolled family to establish developmentally appropriate goals for their child(ren).
Provide families with follow up activities to be completed at home.
Refer children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities to Disabilities/Mental Health Coordinator.
Offer activities/educational opportunities that provide for children’s individual achievement based on child assessment data and/or Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
Complete an Assessment Checklist three (3) times per year.
Complete with each newly enrolled family at each visit and/or review with each re-enrolled family at each visit the individualized Family Partnership Agreement.
Provide two (2) one and one-half (1½) hour Home Visits to each child on the caseload. The first to be completed within two (2) weeks of enrollment, and documented on Parent Contact Report forms.
Conduct on-going assessments for each child, and complete reports identifying progress toward objectives for each child and discuss with parents.
Provide two (2) parent/teacher conferences.
Ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receives a developmental, hearing & vision and behavioral screening within forty-five (45) days of his/her enrollment in the Program.
Ensure each enrolled child on the case load receives a nutrition screening within 90 days of enrollment in the program.
Assist Family Advocate in obtaining physicals, dentals, and follow up work for all children on caseload.
Complete a Professional Development Plan and review with supervisor for work performance and professional development for teaching practices.

Requires a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, or a Bachelor’s or advanced degree and course work equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching pre-school aged children.
An Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate’s degree in a related field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool aged children may be considered.
Must be teacher qualified under Minnesota Statute Rule 9503/245A.
Experience in working with preschool children.
Must have ability to work with parents and children in the classroom and home environments.
Must have ability to communicate verbally with adults as well as children and in writing to various reading levels.
Must be physically able to relate to and manage children on an individual and group basis.
Must possess initiative, be responsible, and have the ability to be flexible.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including occasional travel out of the service area for meetings, workshops, conferences, overnights, etc.
Is subject to a Criminal Background Check, the results of which are acceptable to the Agency.

Performance Evaluations are conducted after a six-month provisional period, and Performance Evaluations are done at least annually thereafter.
Appraisals are based on observation of the Co-Teacher by the Lead Center Based Teacher, analysis of the effectiveness of the Program, and through an appraisal conference.
Performance Evaluations will utilize the Agency’s and Program’s forms.
Factors to be considered during the Performance Evaluation are:
How well does he/she follow written and verbal instructions?
How well does he/she relate the concepts of the Head Start Program to enrolled families?
How well are lesson plans prepared and implemented?
Are reports completed accurately and in a timely manner?
How well does he/she communicate/work with other team members associated with the family?
Additional Information
Lakes and Pines CAC reserves the right to revise this job description and change job duties and responsibilities as Agency and program(s) needs arise. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment; and provides a general overview of expectations of the position holder.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Contractor
In accordance with federal and state laws, Lakes and Pines CAC is an equal opportunity employer, contractor and provider of services. The Agency will maintain a policy of non– discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment within the Agency will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, public assistance status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity,status as a parent, familial status, or in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

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