Education Coach

Department: Head Start
Location: Independence, WI
Shift: Days
Starting Wage: $21.37

Job Description:

As an integral part of the Head Start management team, the Education Coach is responsible for providing ongoing coaching to education staff to support effective teaching practices and promote high-quality learning environments for preschool children in Western Dairyland Head Start classrooms.  This position requires frequent travel to Head Start centers and Western Dairyland's offices located in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties.  

  • This position requires knowledge and experience in supporting the implementation of high-quality teaching and instructional practices to ensure positive teacher-child interactions and intentional approaches that lead to positive outcomes for children. 
  • Knowledge of state and federal Head Start regulations; Child Care Licensing Rules; Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework; and thorough knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practices for ages birth to five
  • Develop and Maintain positive, supportive relationships with staff for the purpose of fostering staff growth through the mentoring and coaching process
  •  Utilize Practice-Based Coaching cycle components to assess needs, engage in focused observations, and provide reflection and feedback to help education staff set goals and develop action plans
  • Schedule, plan and facilitate focused observations and coaching sessions for identified education staff 
  • Provide on-site support for teaching staff to improve teacher-child interactions, inclusive practices, sensory integration, language-rich environments, curriculum fidelity, and school readiness 
  • Provide training and technical assistance to staff on relevant child development and developmentally appropriate practices based on program and school readiness data to support individualized professional development needs
  • Work collaboratively with other managers to provide training, technical support, and guidance to staff to ensure curriculum fidelity
  • Obtain and maintain CLASS reliability status 
  • Conduct CLASS observations to measure effective teacher-child interaction and facilitate the development of quality improvement plans in all classrooms
  • Work cooperatively with other component managers to design and implement program-wide approaches to effectively support high quality, comprehensive, multicultural, anti-bias program that promotes children's mental health and social and emotional well being
  • Attend local and state trainings and meetings 
  • Demonstrate understanding of Head Start philosophy and the current principles of inclusion, natural environments, and services to children with disabilities and their families 
  • Work in collaboration with Education Managers and education staff to provide ongoing quality assistance to address children's challenging behaviors and sensory needs in accordance with written behavior plans and/or existing IEP/IFSP
  • Assist with planning and facilitating the annual program self-assessment
  • Work collaboratively with the Education Managers and Home Based Managers to assist education staff members in identifying their professional development, and improving their knowledge and abilities as required
  • Complete and submit required reports in a timely and accurate fashion 
  • Organize and assist interview team to screen, interview, and hire education staff
  • Collect, aggregate, and analyze relevant program data to measure progress toward program and school readiness goals 
  • Update policy and procedures and program plans annually 
  • Complete a minimum of 25 hours of professional development per year 

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Master's preferred; or a Bachelor's or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education, with experience teaching preschool-aged children

  • DPI licensure preferred
  • A minimum of three years experience in a classroom setting 
  • 2+ years of management and supervisory skills/experience preferred 
  • Must be able to advocate for low-income families and those with special needs within the community 

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For more information about this position, please contact Jennifer Olson (HR Assistant) via phone at 7159852391 or email at .


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