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2019-20 Head Start Education Specialist

Company: Clarke County School District (GA)
Location: Athens
Posted on: March 14, 2019

Job Description:

Overall Purpose
The job of Head Start Education Specialist (Coach) is done for the purpose/s of providing guidance, modeling best practices and effective professional learning in the child development areas of cognition and academics, language, motor, social emotional, and adaptive behavior skills; working collaboratively with EHS/EH classroom staff, management staff, community stakeholders, EHS/HS families, and other professionals in the Office of Early learning to ensure children are meeting Georgia Early Learning Developmental Standards (GELDS) or Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

Direct Supervisor
Director Office of Early Learning

Essential Functions
Analyzes data individually and collaboratively (school readiness goals, achievement goals, etc.) for the purpose of modeling strategies and assisting in making instructional decisions.Assists in alignment of programs (curriculum, screening, ongoing assessment, etc.) for the purpose of working most effectively with other early learning programs.Ensures effective communication among all stakeholders (teachers, administrators, parents, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring all participants in student success are focused on common goals.
Facilitates a variety of meetings and activities (education teacher meetings, parent or guardian meetings, content meetings, RTI meetings, etc.) for the purpose of providing information about appropriate child development in areas of cognition and academics, language, motor skills, social emotional, and adaptive behavior.
Leads collaborative planning and data teams for the purpose of setting new goals and instructional strategies.Maintains accurate and on-going records (e.g. achievement data, disabilities follow up, instructional decisions, etc.) for the purpose of monitoring student and staff interventions, and results.
Meets with a variety of individuals and groups (teachers, behavior specialists, other education specialists, education manager, etc.) for the purpose of developing programmatic solutions and strategies.Conduct classroom observations, analyze classroom instructional strengths and needs and consult with staff for the purpose of strengthening instruction.
Models best learning practices for teachers in their classrooms and in professional learning settings (classroom management, etc.) for the purpose of helping teachers to quickly implement best practices and appropriate instructional strategies into their own instruction.
Participates in annual self-assessment and on-going monitoring (professional learning sessions established, staff interventions deemed successful, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring compliance with performance standards, local policy, and district procedures.Prepares a variety of written materials (improvement plans, lesson materials, etc.) for the purpose of providing professional growth and instructional excellence.Prepares data collection reports (school readiness goal data, etc.) for the purpose of organizing data to be used in the area of instruction, intervention, and programmatic decisions.
Provides training in child development (cognition/academics, language, motor skills, social emotional, adaptive behavior, etc.) for the purpose of professional learning for staff, interns, youth apprentices, and parents.Provides classroom teachers and home educators with peer support (classroom observations, educational intervention plans, appropriate teaching techniques, etc.) for the purpose of meeting departmental student growth goals.Provides ongoing feedback to classroom teachers and home educators (observations, intervention plans, and teaching techniques, etc.) for the purpose of coaching successful classroom and intervention strategies.Supports classroom teachers (Professional Learning Communities, etc.) for the purpose of assisting them in the implementation of established curriculum and/or individual student plans.Researches developments in all content areas (professional journals, educational studies, professional conferences, etc.) for the purpose of providing current methods and instructional techniques.Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources (teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of issue resolution, best practice sharing, and analyzing assessment data.Serves on various teams and committees (staff/parent meetings, assigned committees, etc.) for the purpose of utilizing data to improve student achievement.Works with team members (subject-specific focus, curriculum, etc.) for the purpose of developing and implementing the department improvement plan.

Marginal Functions
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Competencies
Skills-based Competencies
Required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions; applying assessment instruments; coaching skills; training, and workshop skills; operating standard office equipment including pertinent software applications; instructional skills, and preparing and maintaining accurate records.

Knowledge-based Competencies
Required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percentages, and/or ratios; read a variety of technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or present information to others; facilitate group discussions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: algebra and/or geometry; appropriate codes, policies, regulations, and laws; age appropriate activities; lesson plan requirements; stages of child development; student support services; methods of motivating and responding to the individual needs of children; successful teaching strategies and interventions; and awareness of codes, regulations, and laws related to counseling students.
behavioral management strategies; and adult learning methods.

Ability-based Competencies
Required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a wide diversity of individuals; work with a variety of data; and utilize job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to identify, analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: analyze issues and create action plans; solve problems with data requiring independent interpretation of guidelines; problem solving with equipment that is limited to moderate; establish and maintain constructive relationships; maintain confidentiality; exhibit tact and patience; and work flexible hours. providing direction and leadership; communicating with persons of varied backgrounds; maintaining confidentiality; and adapting to changing work priorities.

Keywords: Clarke County School District (GA), Athens , 2019-20 Head Start Education Specialist, Education / Teaching , Athens, Georgia

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