Sign On Incentive ($500 at hire and $500 after 6 months of employment)
About Project Eagle/Educare Kansas City:
Project Eagle is an early childhood program focused on preparing children, engaging families, and promoting excellence for children and families in Kansas City, Kansas. Project Eagle provides home-based and center-based services to pregnant women and/or children ages birth to five through a variety of programs, the largest being Early Head Start. Project Eagle is also a member of the Educare Learning Network, part of a national initiative that serves as a platform for broader change, inspiring high-quality programs in communities, improving public policies within each state, and demonstrating a comprehensive approach to the first five years of life and learning. Educare Kansas City (kumc.edu)
The technology coach will lead the implementation of an innovative pilot program (LIFT-Learning is Fun with Technology) on technology utilization in early childhood classrooms. They will also be responsible for teaching staff to utilize a variety of types of technology (Interactive Smart Boards, iPads, etc.) to enhance the curriculum/planning and utilize technology within the classroom environment and the daily schedule. This position will be responsible for designing and conducting professional development for staff, identifying developmentally appropriate applications and uses for technology, and for documenting staff and children’s progress in utilizing technology for learning. The technology coach will also be responsible for maintaining equipment and problem-solving when issues with technology occur.
Status: Full Time
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Early childhood education or relevant field
- Bachelor degree in Early Childhood education or relevant field
- Minimum of 3-5 years working in the field of early education.
- Knowledge and experience in using multiple types of educational technology and knowledge of child development
- Ability to create positive relationships with teachers, staff, parents, and children.
- Demonstrates leadership traits and abilities and shows respect to others.
- Ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified within 30 days of employment (paid for by employer).
- Has a history of designing and offering professional development course work to teachers or peers.
- Experience working in an Early Head Start/Head Start Center-based program.
- Knowledge of the High Scope and Conscious Discipline curriculums
- Bilingual Spanish/English.
- Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.
- Successful experience working as a part of a multidisciplinary team to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate care and education for young children.
- Experience working with inclusion, early intervention, children with special needs and diverse populations. Experience implementing curriculum. Experience using assessment tools to measure children’s development. Experience using assessment data for instructional purposes. Experience with research partnerships.
- Experience sharing best practices with others within early childhood (volunteers, practicum students, etc.)
- Lead the implementation of an innovative pilot study on embedding technology into early learning environments and the impacts on children, staff, and families.
- Design and implement professional development regarding the appropriate use of technology in early childhood classrooms
- Document professional development and coaching on how it is individualized to meet the needs of each teacher
- Identify applications that are open-ended and developmentally appropriate for children ages 2.5-5 and teach other staff members how to use these applications to enhance learning
- Manage all technology devices used in early childhood classrooms by keeping them up-to-date and running
- Meet and communicate on a regular basis with Mentor Teachers, teachers, evaluation partners, and others as directed
- Observe teachers in the classrooms and coach teachers on how to help children create, collaborate, and communicate using technology
- Meet regularly with teachers to plan the integration of technology into their classroom environment and routine
- Instruct and support teachers with hardware, software, applications, and traditional resources
- Help teachers utilize child and classroom data in integrating technology into the classroom environment to enhance child outcomes in math, science, and literacy
- Record the use and frequency of technology in the classrooms by teachers
- Document how the children are using the technologies
- Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a manner that fosters supportive relationships with staff, families and children from diverse backgrounds
- Maintain child and family confidentiality and perform duties in an ethical and professional manner
- Follow all mandates of Head Start Regulations, state and local childcare licensing regulations, and Project Eagle/Educare Kansas City's philosophy and curriculum.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
A complete application includes:
- Cover letter addressing how you meet required and preferred qualifications.
- 3 professional references
- Copy of Transcripts
COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS PACKAGE:
Health, dental, vision, employer paid life, LTD, flexible benefits plan, miscellaneous voluntary plans available, paid vacation and sick (begin accruing upon hire), paid holidays, paid discretionary day, paid bereavement leave, paid jury duty leave, military leave, paid parental leave, retirement plan.
KUMC is an AA/EO Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including marital status, race/ethnicity, color, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, creed, religion, ancestry, disability status as a Vietnam-era veteran, special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran or other protected veteran, or genetic testing and screening information.