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UPK Group Teacher


Educational Alliance
New York, NY

Start Date: August 29, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties


Working within inspired and dynamic teams, our UPK Teachers are helping to build a vision for progressive education in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, we believe that all children learn through inquiry, exploration and play in the context of strong relationships and a sense of belonging.

Our teachers create responsive, safe, joyful and nurturing learning environments for children that foster inquiry, exploration, learning & reflection; collaborate with co-teachers to plan an emergent curriculum based on observations of children’s interests and development; document children’s learning through photographs, anecdotes, panels and ministories; facilitate communication and collaboration between the family and the preschool.


• Facilitate daily life and plan learning experiences in the classroom
• Work with a diverse community, including a significant Mandarin-speaking population
• Build relationships with families and communicate about children’s learning and development in person and through documentation.
• Partner with the teaching staff and administration in the overall philosophy and direction of the preschool


Planning, Preparation + Curriculum Development
• Co-constructing curriculum, based on children’s interests, questions and development
• Documenting, reflecting and planning from observations
• Participating in weekly planning meetings with teaching team
• Meeting the needs of all children, including English language learners

Classroom Environment
• Planning and creating a classroom environment with inquiry, exploration, learning and respect in mind
• Nurturing children’s home languages through curated books, materials and the physical environment
• Creating a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome
• Organizing physical space and selection of materials in a way that is inviting and accessible to children
• Creating visual evidence of the narratives and curriculum occurring in your classroom

Interactions with Children
• Speaking and listening to children with respect and mindfulness
• Supervising the whole group, while giving individual attention
• Managing classroom procedures including transitions, routines and small groups
• Engage students in exploration and ongoing project work
• Scaffolding children through conflict and problem solving

Relationships with Families
• Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families
• Communicating consistently with families

Professional Responsibilities
• Documenting children’s learning, development and progress
• Maintaining collaborative and professional relationships with colleagues
• Mentoring Associate and Assistant teachers
• Participating in weekly professional learning meetings
• Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct and decision making
• The candidate will be reflective, ask questions, be willing to take risks and make mistakes


Required Knowledge

• Bilingual Mandarin/English strongly preferred
• Lead Teachers: MA in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education | New York State N-6 or PreK-6 certification
• Assistant Teachers: Bachelor’s Degree preferred
• Minimum 3 years of professional teaching experience in an early childhood setting preferred
• Available to work a mix of morning and afternoon shifts (8am-4pm or 10am-6pm) to cover extended day preferred
• Strong oral and written communication with parents, children and co-workers

Educational Alliance “Perks”
Competitive salary
Paid Sick time
Free gym membership at the Manny Cantor Fitness Center and 14th Street Y

EEO Info
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Program Description

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.


UPK at MCC is an inspired, responsive and progressive Pre-K program built on a few simple principles: All children are competent, capable and curious. All families have something to contribute. We are stronger together. Our teachers create safe, joyful and nurturing learning environments that foster inquiry, exploration and reflection, and work collaboratively with children to co-construct a curriculum that draws inspiration from children’s interests and the world around us. Families are our partners, joining together with children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school.

Manny Cantor中心的学前计划是一个启蒙,响应和优化的学前计划,是建立在以下几个简单的原则之上:所有的孩子都是有天分,有能力和充满好奇心的。所有家庭都要贡献他们的一部份。我们在一起才会更强大。我们的教师创造安全、快乐和培养学习的环境,培养探究、探索和反思,并与儿童合作,共同构建课程,从孩子们的兴趣和我们周围的环境汲取启发。家庭是我们的合作伙伴,与孩子和老师一起建立家庭和学校之间的无缝连接。

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