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Vanderbilt University Assistant Teacher, Susan Gray School in Nashville, Tennessee

For five decades, the Susan Gray School has served young children with developmental disabilities and young children who are at risk for developmental delay. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing children learn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting. More information about Susan Gray School can be found here: http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/admin-offices/sgs/index.php.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains a clean, safe, orderly learning environment which contributes to children’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.

  • Follows policies and procedures established by TN DOE and the health department.

  • Conscientiously supervises children.

  • Supports the implementation of behavior management in accordance with a Positive Behavior Support approach.

  • Supports the growing independence of each child by creating opportunities to participate in their classroom community.

  • Provides educational services in a manner consistent with compliance requirements.

  • Assists the lead teacher with the planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum following NAEYC criteria, DEC recommended practices, TN DOE standards, and SGS policies.

  • Under the guidance of the lead teacher, embeds early learning standards, IEP/IFSP goals, and NAEYC guidelines into daily activities and routines.

  • Consistently meets requirements for timely filling of documentation as required.

  • Implements after care program curriculum under guidance of after care coordinator.

  • Collaborates with classroom team members to plan and implement daily curriculum and individual education plans.

  • Participates in classroom team meetings by providing input regarding the progress of all aspects of classroom (curriculum, teaming, and children) at team meetings.

  • Participates in classroom planning meetings.

  • Helps create and follows a Classroom Roles and Responsibilities matrix to share responsibility of daily tasks and activities.

  • Contributes to educational assessments using measures appropriate for the child.

  • Uses classroom data collection system to collect data on progress towards individual goals developed by educational team.

  • Provides input on progress for lead teacher to report to parents.

  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with parents.

  • Interacts with parents in a friendly, professional manner.

  • Participates in parent-teacher conferences as appropriate.

  • Share parent communication with lead teacher, provide responses as appropriate.

  • Mentors and supports students working within the classroom environment.

  • Supports positive experiences for student workers, student volunteers, and practicum students.

  • Models desired practices for interactions with children (group or individual), preparation of the environment, and interactions with families.

  • Provides lead teacher, after care coordinator, or SGS administration feedback regarding student use of desired practices.

  • Provides students with information needed to complete assignments.

  • Assigns student worker or volunteer tasks or duties as necessary.

  • Displays a commitment to the early childhood field.

  • Meets all mandated continuing education requirements

  • Participates in professional development opportunities provided by SGS (staff meetings, in-services).

  • Displays professionalism.

  • Follows guidelines and policies of SGS and Vanderbilt University.

  • Upholds child confidentiality.

  • Interacts with children, parents, other staff, outside therapists, students, and administration respectfully.

  • Upholds the SGS philosophy.

  • Contributes to overall success of the school and share its commitment to the four-fold mission to service, training, research, and demonstration.

  • Completes additional responsibilities as assigned by the SGS administration.

  • Flexibly participates in school-wide coverage plan to ensure smooth operation of the entire SGS program including early care, after care program, and special school events

  • Displays a commitment to the early childhood field.

  • Meets all mandated continuing education requirements

  • Participates in professional development opportunities provided by SGS (staff meetings, in-services).

  • Seeks external professional development opportunities, including participation in professional organizations as members and event attendees.

  • Displays professionalism.

  • Follows guidelines and policies of SGS and Vanderbilt University.

  • Upholds child confidentiality.

  • Interacts with children, parents, staff, therapists, students, and administration respectfully.

  • Upholds the SGS philosophy.

  • Contributes to overall success of the school and share its commitment to the four-fold mission to service, training, research, and demonstration.

  • Completes additional responsibilities as assigned by the SGS administration.

  • Flexibly participates in school-wide coverage plan to ensure smooth operation of the entire SGS program including early care, after care program, and special school events.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Education – High School Diploma or GED.

  • Work experience in Early Childhood and Special Education is preferred.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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