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Director of Curriculum and Staff Development (Early Childhood)


Temple Israel Early Childhood Learning Center
New York, NY 10021

Start Date: August 15, 2022

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

We are seeking a Director of Curriculum and Staff Development that will serve much as a Pedagogista does in a Reggio School. Our ideal candidate respects, cherishes, and values children’s learning and has deep experience in a similar school. They will serve as a mentor, guide, and leader to our faculty in several key areas:

Curriculum Development:
• Support and collaborate with educational staff to continually deepen their thinking about teaching and learning and their ability to construct meaningful and responsive learning experiences.
• Work closely with teaching teams to develop and foster investigations in the classroom.
• Observe regularly in classrooms to provide feedback, guidance and to develop relationships with educators and students.

• Work with teachers on creating bulletin boards, panel documentation, etc. to make children’s learning visible.
• Support creation of journey binders.
• Supervise teacher’s regular blog postings.

Supervision and Staff Development:
• Cultivate an atmosphere of reciprocal respect and support for educators.
• Meet regularly with teaching teams and/or age cohorts to guide the development of investigations and to ensure philosophical alignment.
• Create and develop a regular meeting schedule for individual teachers for goal setting and growth.
• Create and maintain resource library for faculty.
• Oversee and design ongoing professional development for teachers to achieve individual and school wide growth.
• Plan and implement regular staff meetings (Fridays) that include guest speakers, classroom sharing and attention to growth opportunities for the school.

Materials and Environment:
• Oversee ordering for and maintenance of Materials Shed.
• Ensure the environment’s role as the third teacher.

Parent Communication:
• Build positive relationships with parents and families.
• Develop and plan opportunities for parents to learn about classroom curriculum.

• Attend/assist with school wide events.
• Serve as part of the leadership team of the school and the programming team of the Temple.
• Oversee compliance with Department of Health, article 47.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

• Must have a MA in Early Childhood Education, or related field, NYS Early Childhood (birth – 2) certification strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated leadership capacity.
• Strong communication skills – both written and verbal.
• Able to multi-task and juggle competing priorities.

Salary & Benefits

$65,000-$80000 annual, commensurate with experience
Medical, Dental and Life Insurance
Retirement Plan with employer matching contribution
Paid Vacation
Parental Leave
Professional Development budget and opportunities

Application Procedures

Please send resume along with statement of educational philosophy to

Program Description

We are a progressive preschool located on the Upper East Side of NYC. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy, we use emergent and inquiry-based approaches to curriculum design, where topics emerge from the interests and questions children bring with them into the classroom. Teachers provide materials and guidance to help them build upon their interests. Children begin to develop their own ideas through exploration and carefully scaffolded learning activities. These activities, or provocations, frequently involve natural, open-ended materials that are thoughtfully staged in a way that inspires play and investigation.

Contact Info

Lisa Samick

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