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Location: Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center 350 S Dahlia St Denver, CO 80246

Start Date: June 13, 2016

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Pedagogista is responsible for the following education responsibilities: Work with Educators on Constructivist Practice: •Work closely with educators regarding a wide range of educational issues a where the ultimate goal is to promote an educator's autonomy and collaborate with rather than solve the problem for the educator. •Emphasize and fully support “constructivist” versus “didactic” instruction by modeling, working in partnership with teachers and/or through ongoing coaching conversations •Work with the teachers through the use of reflective supervision •Ensure that differentiation among children’s learning styles and emotional needs are met by classroom teachers •Work with JCC Director of Jewish Life and Learning to ensure that Jewish traditions, values and concepts are seamlessly woven into every day learning experiences •Work with teachers to fully use their environments as an inspiration for inquiry •Collaborate with teachers in creating a materials library emphasizing open-ended and natural materials Work with Educators on observation and documentation: •Help make children’s learning visible Support teachers in the creation of journey binders •Monitor and ensure that education plans and other required documentation for children and classrooms are complete (panel documentation, portfolios, conference forms, etc.) Work with Educators to promote partnership with families: •Provide professional development opportunities that focus on the processes and strategies of communication •Support educators and engage in active exchanges with families •Offer families opportunities to understand our educational philosophy through workshops and classes Work together to promote professional development: The Pedagogista ensures that opportunities for professional development are included in the educator's work schedule in ways respectful of individual needs. •Provide ongoing support to teachers to improve their capacities for observing and listening to children, documenting projects and conducting their own research. •Creating and maintaining a library of resources for teachers (books, articles, videos, etc.) Work in Collaboration with Administrative Team: •Participate in the development of program policies and monitoring of program quality when appropriate. •Be familiar and ensure compliance with all Colorado State childcare licensing regulations. •Attend all required meetings and trainings for the ECC, JCC and community initiatives when appropriate. •Work with the administrative team to establish, implement and hold teachers accountable for classroom policies. •Work with the administrative team to regularly evaluate and document teachers’ performance. •Partner with the administrative team to ensure that the core values of the school are being reflected in every day relationships and practice. Work in Collaboration with other JCC Departments: As a school located within a larger community center, our work does not end at our doors. •Serve as a member of the Family, Youth and Camp Team at the JCC •Attend cross-department events, trainings and functions. •Work closely with the Family Programs department to development enrichment classes and programs that reflect an interdepartmental partnership. Other: The functions of the Pedagogista in a Reggio Emilia inspired school are multiple. The Pedagogista needs to be flexible, and willing to help out wherever needed that might include covering classrooms, covering front desk, going out to purchase supplies, making trips to the library or sitting with a child who is ill. The Pedagogista needs to be a team player willing to do what is needed for our school to be successful.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Must have a BA Degree in early childhood education or a closely related field and at least 7 years of working with children in the age group of 6 weeks – 5 years of age. (Master's degree preferred) Must have at least 5 years of in-depth knowledge and work experience with the Reggio Emilia approach and/or educational coaching The successful candidate will possess a working knowledge of Judaism, Jewish traditions and programs and be able to integrate into all Early Childhood Programs programming

Salary & Benefits

Application Procedures

Qualified Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to

Program Description

The Early Childhood Center at the JCC located in Denver serves 160 children from the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We have recently been selected to be one of six laboratory communities for JCC Association of North America; a function of which will be to serve as a laboratory for best practices in constructivist early childhood education and family engagement in the JCC movement. Our school is making strides towards truly living and breathing a constructivist, Reggio-Emilia inspired philosophy and embracing a spirit of innovation and experimentation as we become a lab community We currently have an opening for a full-time Pedagogista. The individual we are searching for respects, cherishes, educates and protects children.

Contact Info

David Wiles - HR Coordinator

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