Full-Time Pre-K Coach
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The Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission (“SPCSC”) seeks a Pre-K Coach for the Preschool Development Grant. The Commission is a nine-member body appointed by the Hawaii Board of Education that is responsible for the authorizing and oversight of Hawaii’s public charter schools. The Pre-K Coach reports to and works collaboratively with the Pre-K Grant Manager and Pre-K Team and shall:
- Provide ongoing mentoring and support based on data gathered during regular observations to assigned charter school pre-K classroom teacher and educational assistant:
- Develop relationships with teaching staff;
- Use research-based, effective methods of coaching to support high quality early learning teaching;
- Develop written coaching plans and ongoing documentation of coaching strategies and progress for each school-based teaching team using assessment data as the foundational and measurement tool;
- Conduct weekly meetings, at minimum, through face-to-face visits, phone calls, emails, webinars with teaching teams reviewing instructional strategies;
- Development professional development opportunities for teachers (at least ten in service days per year with arranged substitute teacher);
- Encourage and promote high quality teacher-child interactions; and
- Assist in the use of the selected preschool formative assessment tool.
- Assist with planning timeline in coordination with the SPCSC statewide calendar of support activities and professional development;
- Provide program orientation to prekindergarten classroom teachers, educational assistants, and administrators including direct support in setting up new high quality classrooms;
- Participate in initial professional development for early childhood coaches and regular, on- going training that addresses all areas of support that the coaches will be providing to assigned prekindergarten classrooms in schools. These assessment tools include but is not limited to CLASS, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS), and Ages and Stages (ASQ);
- Conduct workshops or other learning opportunities for school administrators, pre-K teachers and education assistants, and teachers in other K-3 grade levels throughout the school year;
- Assist the pre-K team in conducting workshops or preparing for meetings for school administrators, community partners and others;
- Communicate monthly with school administrators to share updates on the program and any issues that have developed;
- Participate in community meetings and share information about the PDG charter school pre- K program;
- Conduct outreach activities with community agencies to support the transition of children into the prekindergarten classroom and into the kindergarten classroom;
- Participate in monthly early childhood meetings, e.g., district Sequenced Transition to Education in the Public Schools (STEPS) meetings to support children as they transition into Kindergarten; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.
The State Public Charter School Commission seeks an enthusiastic individual who has strong interpersonal and communication skills who is able to work with pre-K teachers and school administrators to build on or further develop a high quality prekindergarten program.
The candidate must hold at least a four-year undergraduate degree preferably in Education with an emphasis in early childhood education, or closely related field. The ideal candidate should possess at least:
- Five years of successful teaching experience in an early childhood classroom;
- Knowledge of the components of high quality prekindergarten programs including but not limited to developmentally appropriate practice in instructional planning, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment of young children; learning through play; project-based learning; child development; equity, fairness, and diversity; the early childhood learning environment;reflection as a tool for teacher growth; and professionalism within the early childhood community;
- Able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the teachers, EAs, school administrators, other department personnel, families, and community partners;
- Experience in planning, facilitating and co-leading professional development sessions;
- Experience in effective coaching and mentoring which resulted in improved instructional practices and student outcomes; and
- Knowledge of effective family engagement strategies and the understanding of the impact of family engagement as a predictor of school readiness.
This is an exempt, excluded position.
How to apply
Interested candidates should respond in confidence by e-mail with cover letter, resume, and professional references to:
Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission
1111 Bishop Street, Ste. 516
Honolulu, HI 96813
E-mail to: Jannelle.Watson@spcsc.hawaii.gov
Equal Opportunity Employer
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