The preschool classroom teacher is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, though candidates with Early Childhood Special Education certification will be considered, who works with students ages three to five in a classroom setting and is responsible for planning and leading all aspects of the daily learning environment. The classroom teacher develops and implements classroom lesson plans with a focus on student’s auditory, speech, and language skills, while facilitating their development across all developmental domains and meeting IEP goals. The teacher is an integral part of Clarke’s multidisciplinary preschool program, working collaboratively with Clarke’s administrative staff, speech-language pathologists, educational audiologist, OT, PT, and families. This is a full time, exempt position with general hours of 8:00 am- 4:00 pm, 35 hour per week, for both the academic school year and the 6 week summer program.
- Develop and implement daily lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate, use a wide range of active learning approaches and activities and reflect NYS’s Early Learning Guidelines and PreK Learning Standards, Clarke’s curriculum (Highscope, Learning Without Tears, CASLLS) and each child’s IEP.
- Create a classroom environment that aligns with developmentally appropriate practices, fostering independence, confidence, creativity, respect for materials and people and is conducive to experiential learning.
- Identify and use authentic materials for learning and literacy reflecting culturally appropriate and diverse sources and representation.
- Engage individual students, small groups, and large groups in activities that contribute to the development of listening and spoken language skills.
- Assess and observe students throughout the school day during structured and informal activities, collecting language samples and observations of learning and development related to all aspects of the child’s development to be used for developing appropriate goals and tracking student progress using state standards, CASLLS, and the Work Sampling System.
- Conduct formal assessment and evaluation of students’ skills and development.
- Collaborate with other Clarke professionals to provide diagnostic information about auditory, speech, and language skills of students who are deaf or hard of hearing using formal testing, differentiated instruction, and observations.
- Support students’ optimal auditory access and use of amplification by conducting daily listening checks, monitoring amplification use through the day, troubleshooting equipment, communicating with audiologists, SLP, and parents about amplification use and function, being knowledgeable about students’ hearing loss, aided hearing, and equipment and supporting each child’s age-appropriate independence with their own equipment.
- Provide guidance, direction, support, and training to the classroom Teacher Assistant in order to maintain the health, safety, and educational well-being of the students in classroom.
- Provide a comfortable and supportive environment that welcomes parents and caregivers into the school community and empowers them in parenting their child with hearing loss.
- Perform any other tasks as assigned by the director to support the functioning of the school.
WRITTEN PLANS AND REPORTS:
- Lesson Plans: create and maintain written plans that reflect NYS learning standards, IEP goals, CASLLS goals, and developmentally appropriate practices
- Document student progress and learning for all aspects of the learning day
- Maintain regular communication with families of students via written notes, emails, Class Dojo and and newsletters on weekly themes, activities, and carryover suggestions
- Prepare quarterly progress reports, Turning 5 reports and IEP proposals
- Maintain all required documentation, such as attendance, parental communication, IEP observance, health, and safety, injury, and accident reports.
MEETINGS AND PLANNING:
- Participate in meetings with educational team to discuss children’s progress
- Participate in staff, department, and focus group meetings
- Participate in monthly curriculum planning meetings
- Participate in parent progress report meetings and others as needed
- Participate in CASSLS meetings with child’s team
- Participate in parent workshops, Back to School night, and other Clarke community events
- Participate in professional learning opportunities as required by Clarke, state, and county specifications.
- Lifting/assist, 25-50 pound-child occasionally may be necessary.
- Have the ability to squat, kneel or sit down on the floor in order to maintain an optimal listening level.
- Ability to carry light weight.
- Ability to maintain the safety and support of young students requiring adult assistance in activities related to an early childhood education classroom routine.
- Climbing and descending stairs, holding doors and monitoring children on the stairs for safety.
- Maintaining visual/line of site supervision of all children
- Support physical needs of students, which may include feeding, toileting, diapering, responding to medical emergencies.
- Running, if needed, after or with a child.
- Lifting or carrying objects, materials, and children’s furniture, such as chairs.
- Working with hands to hold, grasp, manipulate small objects.
- Listening to monitor children’s listening and spoken language development and for general safety
- NYS certification in Deaf/HH Education. Candidates with NYS certification in a related area (Early Childhood Education, TSSLD, Early Childhood Special Education, etc.) will be considered
- Master’s degree, preferred
- Experience in similar role preferred, however new graduates will also be considered
- Commitment to Clarke’s mission and the listening and spoken language approach required
- LSL Cert AVT or AVEd certification or willingness to pursue
- Excellent written /spoken English communication
- Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply
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