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Job Description: Early Childhood Development/Family Literacy Teacher - Refugee Family Literacy Program

Refugee Family Literacy Program in Clarkston is seeking an early childhood development/family literacy teacher to join our dynamic team of educators. RFL is a unique family literacy program that provides early childhood education to children ages 0-5 while their mothers study English on site plus daily family literacy sessions with mothers and children together.

The mission of this position is to care for and support the early development and language acquisition of young children, help parents teach/support their children, and coach children and mothers in family literacy practices. In addition to classroom instruction, this job involves the building and support of a unique community at RFL and commitment to the family literacy model which brings in various curriculum elements to the children's classroom and PACT time. Teachers plan classes for and teach both adults and children as part of this model in partnership with other children’s teachers at the school.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Work closely with partner teachers to create and implement a daily schedule of language-rich, emotionally-supporting learning and exploration for children that nurtures curiosity and creative play.

  • Develop lesson plans that coordinate with our monthly themes and vision of the school as well as strategies in Dual Language Learning (training provided) and child engagement practices taught by Cox Campus.

  • Participate in weekly teaching team meetings to prepare for each week’s classes, discuss children’s development, and evaluate classroom progress/challenges.

  • Incorporate games, arts and crafts, music, and reading/storytelling into daily lessons.

  • Engage volunteers in the classroom.

  • Communicate with and provide coaching for parents of students who speak limited English.

  • Prepare for and lead “Parent and Child Together” (PACT) time jointly with partner teachers.

  • Manage student behavior in a positive manner and maintain peace in the classroom.

  • Attend to children’s basic needs (diapering/feeding/changing).

  • Conduct parent/teacher conferences each semester.

  • Observe and evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

  • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors and parents.

  • Leave classroom clean and tidy.

  • Conduct home visits with partner teachers and submit written home visit reports.

  • Moderate amount of lifting and furniture moving (tables and chairs) required. Must also be able to sit on the floor for PACT time.

  • Attend 2 regular staff meetings per month (1 children’s staff meeting, 1 all-site meeting) plus weekly teaching team meetings.

  • Attend approximately 3 half-day trainings per year and one staff retreat in the fall.

  • Completes Cox campus online training about teaching young children and coaching parents.

  • Nurtures community in our school by attending celebrations and community events as possible.

  • Collaborate well with colleagues.

  • Maintain professional conduct at all times.


Minimum Qualifications

B.A. or C.D.A. in Early Childhood Education or related field

Experience working in a multicultural setting preferred

1-2 years of classroom experience

3 positive references

Salary is $20 per hour, 17-18 hours per week, approximately 30 weeks per year (August-May). Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and teachers are onsite 8:30/8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. each day plus some afternoon meetings. In addition to teaching class on these days, teachers attend two general staff meetings per month plus weekly teaching team meetings, conduct about 5 home visits in students’ homes with partner teachers each semester, attend several trainings each year (including some online training), and participate in the life of our community.

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