The Co-Lead Teacher is responsible for teaching, learning, observations, documentation, research, and communication within the Growing Place organization. The candidate is expected to collaborate within their teaching team along with other fellow colleagues. This position requires a candidate to be a critical thinker, reflective, communicative, curious, inclusive, and professional; the candidate knows how to work with children in a developmentally appropriate manner with a social constructivist approach and fulfills Growing Place’s mission, philosophy, and pedagogy.
Responsibilities and Duties
Teaching and Learning (70%)
Plan, facilitate, and observe experiences for children that are aligned with the Growing Place philosophy and pedagogical practices
Collaborate with the children, teaching team, and Education Coordinating Team to design, interpret, and research curricula such as lines of inquiry and provocations.
Use research and documentation to inform teaching practices and curriculum decisions
Establish strong daily routines and rhythms for adults and children
Co-lead daily small group work and meetings with children and teachers
Differentiate teaching for children with a variety of learning styles, temperaments, and interests
Create a sense of joyful learning with children
Establish a positive, warm and safe atmosphere for children and adults to grow and develop
Become a member of the community through collaborative teaching
Intentionally design indoor and outdoor spaces that reflect Growing Place principles and pedagogy
Build authentic partnerships with parents informally and formally
Clearly communicate with parents regarding their child’s development and support parents in feeling a sense of belonging in the community
Additional responsibilities will be assigned by the supervisor and outlined in the work plans.
Research and Dissemination (30%)
Regularly employ appropriate technology required to plan, organize, observe, document, and make accessible the experiences of children and adults including photographs, video/audio recordings, scanned work
Employ strategies for making adult and children’s learning visible in a variety of ways, including Parent Square posts, documentation panels, and portfolios.
Prepare and hold one Parent Teacher Meeting for new families with your teaching team
Prepare and hold two Parent-Teacher Conferences for each child in the classroom your teaching team
Regularly communicate evidence of reflective practice with the teaching team in daily team meetings and weekly Research and Inquiry Meetings
Engage in events to create stronger partnerships in the community (ex: Back to School Night, Open House Night, Parent-Teacher Dialogues, Educator Tours, Admissions Tours)
Actively participate in professional development opportunities
Actively participate in all team and staff meetings
Leverage networks and resources within the early childhood education field
Contribute to workshops, committees, publications
Additional responsibilities will be assigned by the supervisor and outlined in work plans.
A Bachelor’s Degree or higher
2 years of experience working with children ages 3 months-6 years old in a licensed child care program, a NAEYC accredited child care center preferred
At least 12 Early Childhood Units; 15 ECE units or more preferred
Must meet the requirements of the California Department of Social Services (licensing), including an updated TB status, CPR certification, fingerprint clearance.
Demonstrated understanding of child development
Values parents as important partners in the work of the school
Pays attention to the many ways that children make meaning of the world
Collaborates with children and adults in positive ways
Exhibits a positive, team player spirit
Has a keen interest and curiosity about the nature of learning and teaching
Finds joy in working with children and adults
Approaches teaching as a life-long learner
Embraces reflection as a tool for growth and learning
Demonstrates commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
Seeks out resources to continually improve one’s practice
Values learning from mistakes
Establishes professional boundaries with children, parents, and colleagues
Demonstrates professionalism in dress, attitude, communication, and punctuality
Shows and values integrity for oneself and others
Provides value add to the organization beyond the job position
Standing and sitting in indoor and outdoor environments designed for children ages 2.5 to 5
Ability to move rapidly from a sitting to standing position, and to be able to get down and up off the ground as needed
Ability to push, pull, or lift up to 50lbs
Working in all weather conditions
Requires developmentally normal hearing abilities and visual acuity
Requires strong communication skills with children, families, faculty, and staff
Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
4 Weeks Paid Vacation/School Closure
9 Paid National/State Holidays
New full-time employees who start at the beginning of a school year receive 72 Hours of Paid Sick Leave (PSL) at the start of that school year which can be used after their 90-day probationary period is complete. New full-time employees who start during a school year accrue PSL at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 worked. At the end of each school year, any unused PSL will be rolled over to the next school year as Paid Time Off (PTO) to be capped at 108 hours.
Medical, Dental, Vision Benefits Covered at 85%
Life Insurance with a fully paid premium and a $25,000 benefit.
403(b) retirement plan with a 50% match up to 3%
About Growing Place
The Growing Place is a non-profit organization that serves children ages 3 months through 5 years old. We use a social constructivist approach to working with teachers, children, and families; in partnership with Reggio Emilia children in order to use best practices from their school systems in our context. We fundamentally view children as competent, resilient, and curious individuals; teachers as researchers, facilitators, and collaborators of learning for children and adults; parents as authentic partners.
There are three Growing Place campuses - Ocean Park, Marine Park, and Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School (operated by The Growing Place). At Ocean Park, we serve children ages 2.5 to 5 years old; at Marine Park we serve children 3 months to 5 years old; and the Lab School will include infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children.