from the life of a teacher

wk 4 – Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level September 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — amaliskas1234 @ 4:04 pm

One national organization that has always held my interest and captured my heart is that of KIPP Academy. KIPP stands for Knowledge is Power Program. KIPP was started in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin. There are numerous KIPP academy’s around the United States. KIPP partners with underprivileged parents and students to make education top priority. They have extended school day hours, strict contracts that the teachers, students, and parents adhere to. Teachers are “on call” after school hours to provide homework help to their students. In a way these teachers become like a family member to their students. KIPP strives to prepare all children for College and life after. I strongly encourage you to visit the website and watch one of their videos. I did years ago and it has captivated my heart ever since.

One job opportunity I find interesting other than that of a teacher for a KIPP academy would be the Community Relations Manager. As the community relations manager  I would be responsible for building partnerships in local communities, engaging elected officials, and ensuring KIPP Metro Atlanta’s leadership and parents are equipped and supported to engage in advocacy initiatives. Although this is very different from being a classroom teacher I think this would be a very exciting and rewarding job. It would be challenging, yet a neat experience to strongly advocate for the KIPP Academy within the Metro Atlanta area. I would have the unique opportunity to help make others aware of the effective practices implemented by KIPP academy’s and the essential partnership offered through KIPP.

The qualifications I would have to have include:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree; graduate degree in Education Policy or Public Policy preferred.
  • Experience with parent outreach and/or grassroots advocacy work
  • Knowledge of education policy issues at national and local level
  • Strong communication  and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to present and explain technical concepts to audiences in non-technical jargon
  • Willingness to aggressively advocate for KIPP Metro Atlanta’s interests
  • Strategic thinker; ability to think critically about issues and solutions
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proven experience in campaign or project management
  • Team-player capable of working both collaboratively and independently
  • Thrives in entrepreneurial start-up environment and working conditions; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions
  • Committed to the mission of preparing educationally underserved children for excellent high schools and colleges.

I do feel I have some of these qualifications such as being a team-player, having excellent organization skills, willingness to aggressively advocate for KIPP, and a commitment to the mission of preparing educationally undeserved children for excellent high schools and colleges.

Another national organization I find to be interesting is the Zero to Three organization. This is a non-profit organization that stresses the importance of the first three years of life.

One job that I would like to have within the Zero to Three organization would be that of an Early Head Start Liaison. Although this job is not currently available, it is one I would be very interested in pursuing. As an Early Head Start Liaison I would be responsible for helping provide resources to the public on the importance of the first three years of life. Along with this job I would be able to engage in helping others learn about the essential developmental milestones that occur within the first years of life. One of the other very exciting parts of the job would be to act as an advocate of breastfeeding. As a breastfeeding mother myself I find this task particularly enticing and exciting to get to share with other moms the numerous benefits for breastfeeding your baby!

Some of the qualifications I believe I would need for this job include:

A competence in the developmental milestones that occur within the first years of life

The ability to engage and interact with parents and families

Organizational skills

Public speaking skills

Competence in providing written material to act as resources to parents and families

3. Another national organization I find interesting is the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC was founded in 1926 and is now the worlds largest organization working on the behalf of young children.  NAEYC helps to prepare teachers to effectively work with young children, advocates for the education of young children in bills and laws being passes in regards to educational practices, and works to maintain high quality education for all children.

One job opportunity provided within the NAEYC is that of accreditation Coordinator.  As the accreditation Coordinator I would be responsible for working with program administrators, assessors and decision makers throughout all aspects of the accreditation process. I would be responsible for  review materials submitted to identify any  errors and must measure program compliance with accreditation standards to further monitor the performance of assessors to ensure reliability is maintained in all assessment procedures and protocols. I would also be in charge of   providing support to the assessors.

The qualifications for this position include: BA in Early Childhood Education/Child Development, 3-5 years experience in the field of early childhood education and a sound understanding of its practices is required.  Experience with high quality programming and NAEYC accreditation is a plus.  Excellent oral and written communication, analytical, MS Office and database skills are required.  Must be able to meet deadlines, work in a team and in a fast-paced environment


wk 2 Local organizations September 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — amaliskas1234 @ 11:35 pm

There are organizations and communities of practice at both my local and state level that I find interesting and would love to become a part of. I have chosen the following three to share with you:

1. Youth Villages – Youth Villages is an organization that works with troubled children and families. They have different aspects of their program in which they reach out to at-risk children and families. They provide intensive in-home training, residential programs, foster care, transitional services, counseling, adoption services, and specialized crisis services. Youth Villages has locations around the United States. One of the its locations is in the area I live in.

— One job opportunity provided by Youth Villages that I take interest in is that of a science teacher. It would be a new environment to work in. I find that science can really appeal to both boys and girls in that it allows you to explore concepts with hands on learning. To be qualified for this position I would have to meet the followings requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in education with appropriate certification is required
Active Licensure in TN with an endorsement in Science is required
A Highly Qualified teacher is strongly preferred
Experience in special education or teaching experience in a clinical environment is preferred
Experience working with at-risk youth a major plus
Experience working with youth is required
Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
Basic computer knowledge
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule

I find that most of these requirements are ones that I already have from being an early childhood teacher. Yet, it would be a difficult job to have in that it entails working with children who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.

2. Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis – This organization is part of a national organization. One of their top priorities is educational advancement. They want to prepare children to be successful and be confident in themselves. They work with lower income children and families.

Job opportunity – Educational Services Coordinator. This position would require me to oversee the educational programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club. I would plan, develop, and supervise the implementation of program activities. I would also be in charge of helping cultivate parental involvement into program activities.
This job would require me to have the following qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in managing programs or operations in a Youth Servicing agency
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with Public School system
  • Familiarity with After School enrichment programming
  • Cultural competency in working with Latino and African-American populations
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to variant family values
  • Ability to lead a service collaboration team
  • Ability to be “self-starter” and work with minimal supervision required
  • Strong organizational skills required
  • Strong technical and reporting skills required
  • Bilingual/bicultural abilities (English/Spanish) desired
  • Physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

This would be a very different job for me in that instead of teaching curriculum I would be over developing and training staff to teach curriculum. It would be interesting to be on the other side of things.

3. Kumon Learning center – This is much like a Sylvan Learning Center.I am interested in this organization because I struggled with math skills as a child. My parents were always looking for someone who could help me in Math. but had a hard time finding a tutor. This type of organization would have been very helpful to me as a child and could have made me more confident.  Kumon offers tutoring help in both Reading and Math from the elementary to high school level. Each of the staff members is trained and certified in the area in which they provide tutoring.

One job opportunity I found was the Center Director. The Center Director is responsible for

Qualifications for this position include the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Education related major preferred.
  • Full-time Teaching and/or Corporate Training as well as Retail experience a plus
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and oral, with adults and children
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong Math and Reading aptitude
  • Commitment to making a difference in the community and belief in the importance of education
  • Ability to work afternoons/early evenings. (3-4 times/week)

I think it would be necessary to be an effective communicator and strong leader to have this position. I have always worked directly with children so I find this job opportunity to be interesting. Although it would be very different than what I am used to it would be a good experience to have.