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Curriculum & Instructional Specialist - Fisher Early Learning Center
at University of Denver
The Fisher Early Learning Center is one of the most distinctive early childhood learning centers in Colorado. As a part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, we are uniquely positioned to provide a warm and loving environment that is specifically designed to deliver cutting-edge and evidence-based programming for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. We are an inclusive setting and value diversity.
The Curriculum and Instruction Specialist will support Master and Associate Teachers at Fisher to reflect on and refine their practices, evaluate curricula, and improve best practices and instructional quality through coaching, consultation and professional development.
- Supportive and active participant of Fishers administrative team collaborating on ongoing program development aligned with licensing regulations and national accreditation.
- Evidence of ongoing professional learning and reflective practice to continuously improve methods and strategies for adult learning.
- Work proficiently in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) and Adobe for communication, data analysis, gathering and organizing information and presentations.
- Work with several teams at Fisher including administration, teachers, committees, Fisher Inclusion Team and families on a variety of year-round projects.
Curriculum and Instructional Support
- Provide support for curriculum development and instruction across all departments at Fisher (infant, toddler, preschool, prekindergarten) by observing, consulting with teachers, connecting teachers with specialists and resources, and informing teachers of professional development opportunities.
- Support program implementation of selected curricula, instructional methods, assessment tools and any supplemental materials at all age levels. Align program practices and standards to support quality implementation, and inform teachers of development opportunities.
- Provide support to teachers in creating lesson plans that align with the curricula and are developmentally appropriate. Review lesson plans and provide teachers with timely feedback and recommendations.
- Provide instructional support by observing students, consulting with teachers, modeling strategies, and supporting differentiation.
- Participate in relevant committees at Fisher.
- Collaborate with Fisher Inclusion Team to support teachers in the implementation of strategies for children with special needs
- Participate in family meetings both formal (IFSP, IEP) and informal, as needed and as appropriate.
- Evaluate programs practices and instruction to assess for quality and effectiveness, and collaborate with teachers and administrators to improve program outcomes.
- Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities, including workshops and conferences, to bring new and emerging best practices into the program.
- Evaluation, purchase and incorporation of texts, material, resources and technology that will support instructional quality and integrate them into classroom instruction and program practices
- Analyze and interpret curriculum-based data to improve student outcomes and overall program effectiveness.
Observation and Coaching
- Conduct regular observation in all classrooms and provide feedback.
- Engage teachers in individual and group reflective coaching to discuss observations and develop a plan to strengthen challenging areas and build on areas of strength.
- Support peer (teacher-to-teacher) observation and learning between classrooms.
- Participate in Reflective Practice and Supervision.
- Provide or plan for formal and informal professional development for teachers and administrators.
- In collaboration with the Director and Associate Director, coordinate annual teacher training and professional development plan.
- Work with staff to ensure all curriculum objectives are aligned with the program standards including, but not limited to NAEYC and Pyramid Plus.
- Provide staff training on newly adopted programs
- Collaborate with teachers to develop individual professional development plans
- Identify a variety of professional development opportunities that align to program and teacher’s goals and needs.
- Develop and facilitate a professional learning community focused on instructional excellence.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and collaborate with all Fisher staff.
- Knowledge and experience implementing best practices in early childhood education.
- Knowledge and experience with a variety of curricula and assessment tools and analyzing data.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to utilize technology for communication.
- Ability to multi-task, maintain confidentiality, think flexibly and to adapt work to the needs of teachers.
- Good judgment and highly developed planning and organizational skills, and initiative for working with minimal supervision.
- Attention to detail and ability to effectively adapt to or develop efficient processes and systems.
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related field.
- Experience teaching in an inclusive early childhood educational setting
- Pyramid Plus Training
- At least years of experience using MyTeachingStrategies
- At least two years of experience working with adult learners
- Experience working in a NAEYC accredited program
- CLASS Observer Certification
- Director qualified
- Two or more years of experience in an administrative position
- CPR and First Aid Certification
Part time, 20 hrs/week over Monday – Friday between 7:30am and 5:30pm
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 31, 2018. Applications may be accepted and reviewed until position is filled.
Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover Letter
- Minimum 2 professional and 1 personal reference with contact information (phone and email)
The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.