CDA Instructor/Coach (PreK and Infant/Toddler)
The Jefferson Parish Public School System's Early Childhood Collaborative team is seeking (i) a PreK Instructor/Coach; and, (ii) an Infant/Toddler Instructor/Coach for its new blended CDA program. The CDA program is for early child care educators to earn the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate.
The applicants selected as Instructor/Coaches are to be experienced, positive, energizing and motivating persons and are expected to assist our CDA candidates to remain engaged throughout the learning process.
Instructors will be required to use parallel processes with candidates; that is, use effective instructor-student interactions (develop relationships, ask open-ended questions, query the candidate's thinking) similar to the effective teacher-child interactions within CLASS. The instructors will also serve as coaches providing job-embedded supports to help the candidates to implement the new knowledge and skills within their own classrooms.
***The CDA Instructor Coach position is a contract position. This position is not a direct employee of the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) and, accordingly, no benefits. ***
Apply Now Job Goal:
Offer a unique educational opportunity for early childhood educators to earn an Ancillary Certificate, blending web-based instruction with face-to- face instruction, supported by job-embedded coaching and field-based experiences. Ensure that participants attain their CDA credentials from the Council for Professional Recognition and Ancillary Certificate within 6 months of completion of coursework.
- Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with at least six (6) courses in early childhood education, or Master's degree in any field related to children with at least six (6) courses in early childhood education; Infant/Toddler education/training also preferred
- At least one year of early childhood administrative and/or coaching experience
- At least 5+ years professional experience in the field of education
- At least 3 years of classroom teaching experience in infant, toddler, or preschool classrooms preferred
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, in a number of forums
- Experience providing professional development and support to early child care educators
- Ability to multi-task, work independently, efficiently organize and communicate effectively with early child care educators
- Ability to plan, organize and deliver face-to- face trainings with CDA candidates
- Reliability in Toddler and Pre-K CLASS preferred or ability to obtain reliability in CLASS within 1 of employment and maintain reliability thereafter.
- Valid driver's license with reliable transportation with state-mandated minimum insurance coverage(s) on your vehicle
- Ability to obtain a Louisiana Right to Review and background check
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate in designing face-to- face sessions by reviewing Penn State Better Kid Care online modules and developing reflective questions and activities.
- Teach a minimum of 11 interactive, face-to- face sessions, with candidates, once a month, on Saturdays, August through May, using parallel processes with candidates, that is, use effective instructor-student interactions (i.e., develop relationships, ask open-ended questions, query the candidate's thinking) similar to the effective teacher-child interactions within CLASS
- Provide individualized, job embedded coaching to support the CDA candidate to implement the new knowledge and skills within their own classrooms
- Complete 2 CLASS observations (1 in the fall and 1 in the spring) and 3 mini CLASS observations on each CDA candidate (up to 22 candidates) and provide feedback of CLASS scores to each candidate
- Assign videos each month and participate in reflective discussions with candidates through myTeaching Partner and monitor each candidates growth in their ability to identify and describe effective and less effective teacher-child interactions
- Support CDA candidates to develop and refine their CDA portfolios by regularly reviewing and providing written feedback to each candidate quarterly or more often if needed
- Review and provide monthly written feedback on each CDA candidate's module assignments
- Review and provide monthly written feedback on each CDA candidate's in-class assignments and out-of- class assignments (e.g., lesson plans, child assessments)
- Maintain attendance, participation, and other paperwork as required by the JPPSS, LDOE, or Council for Professional Recognition
- Design a progress report with criteria for determining good academic standing for each candidate and discuss feedback with each candidate at mid point of course (December)
- Present a report of the progress of the program to the network director and CDA advisory panel at mid point of the course
- Ensure that 100% of CDA candidates attain their CDA credentials from the Council for Professional Recognition and Ancillary Certificate within 6 months of completion of coursework
- Other duties as assigned by the Network Director, CDA Advisory Panel, JPPSS, or LDOE as needed to ensure success of the Believe and Prepare CDA Program.