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Studio Educator


Carnegie Mellon University

Start Date: November 1, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties


The Studio Educator, along with the Director, Assistant Directors and Educational Coordinators, make up the Leadership Team of the program. The Studio Educator is responsible for placing value on expressive languages and incorporating these languages in the daily experience of young children in order to enhance the care and education of each child.

You must have a passion for early childhood education, is a lifelong learner, demonstrates commitment to the Center’s philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Approach and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, and upholds the NAEYC code of ethics. The Studio Educator enriches the aesthetic development of young children, leads the educator team in reflecting on the quality of aesthetic experiences that the Center provides for children, and organizes the Studio environment and experiences with the Reggio Emilia principles in mind.

Your core responsibilities include:

• Creates and maintains a clean and well-organized Studio environment that responds to children’s interests, ensuring a sense of wonder and love of learning, and enabling children to learn at their appropriate level
• Creates a Studio environment which fosters maximum physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of children, and organizes materials with these purposes in mind
• Introduces materials, tools, and techniques to the children, sharing a deep understanding of artistic media in the context of the children’s learning and research
• Uses a variety of teaching strategies to enhance children’s learning and development
• Assists in the learning and development of children by facilitating the development of responsibility, self-regulation and self-control in children
• Engages children in problem-solving, working cooperatively in groups, interacting with the community, appreciating diversity, and learning through service
• Responsible for working closely with the Educational Coordinators and educator teams to plan and implement assigned individual or group activities with children that support collaboration between the Studio and the classrooms
• Organizes a cohesive program and communicates the Center’s philosophy (Reggio Emilia Approach and Developmentally Appropriate Practice).
• Engages in curriculum planning and preparation of developmentally appropriate individualized program for young children
• Participates in written reflections, study groups, and dialogues regarding experiences, strengths, and challenges
• Participates in daily documentation of children’s experiences as a tool to deepen learning and our understanding of how children learn through daily written reflections, and panel work
• Acts as a pedagogical partner for the classroom educators; attending regular team planning meetings, offering suggestions for work with materials, documenting experiences, helping to share work with parents, and supporting educators and children in the development of project work
• Acts as a pedagogical mentor to colleagues offering direct and constructive feedback regarding interactions with the three partners of education (children, educators and parents), construction of experiences, documentation, preparation of environment, developmental knowledge and collaborative processes
• Adheres to the Department of Public Welfare licensing regulations and the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s accreditation standards
• Responsible for children’s safety during daily routines at Center, on the playground, on walks and field trips
• Develops regular, on-going, two-way communication with parents about children’s experiences, development, and learning
• Commits to best practices and continued professional development and growth, earning twenty-four (24) hours of required professional development annually.
• Participates in professional growth, training, and community outreach

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Art Education, Child Development, Psychology, Elementary Education, or Special Education

Three (3) or more years’ experience in a full-day early childhood program, including two (2) or more years’ experience being engaged in or strongly influenced by the studio arts

Additional requirement: Required to pass a pre-employment physical exam for clearance to meet the physical requirements of positions

Salary & Benefits

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Program Description

The Cyert Center was founded in 1971 by working parents, for working parents. It serves children of university faculty, staff and students. The center is one program that provides service in two locations: Morewood, which is located on campus, and Penn, which is approximately 2.5 miles away from main campus. Children range in age from three months to kindergarten. Classrooms are aligned around six primary age groups: Infant, Young Toddler, Older Toddler, Preschool 1 (3 year olds), Preschool 2 (4 year olds), and PreK- Kindergarten. The program serves 179 children and runs year-round from August to August, with children remaining in one classroom for the entire year. Hours of operation are from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

The Cyert Center has always been a community committed to the highest quality care and education for infants, toddlers, and young children. We believe that all children are thinkers, researchers, and problem solvers. Our program revolves around valuing the development of relationships, open dialogue, and collaboration, which we believe supports the development of strong relationships between all members of this community—children, parents, and educators and the communities beyond these walls. The Cyert Center is licensed by the Department of Human Services and has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1985.

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