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The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a relationship-based program that requires its teachers to be able to build foundational trusting and respectful relationships. As a Float teacher, this position will work in various classrooms within the CDL. The Float Teacher will work cooperatively and collaboratively with other CDL staff, parents, college students, and researchers to meet the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of all children in the program. This position is responsible for: providing a safe, nurturing and developmentally-appropriate environment for the children in the classroom; and mentoring and supervising college students placed in the classroom. This position will implement current best practices and provide input for potential program and classroom improvements.
The position requires candidate to adhere to all licensing and accreditation standards, including all related health and safety requirements. This position requires the ability to sit on floor and get up and down with ease; run, jump and climb hills and step stools; reach overhead to retrieve items on shelves above shoulder level; to lift at least 35 pounds and carry this weight across a classroom; engage in vigorous outdoor and large motor play for at least 30 minutes; push/pull at least three children in a stroller, wagon and evacuation crib; walk up and down stairs; move/push classroom furniture as needed; perform physical tasks within a time frame commensurate with needs of fast-paced classroom. This position also requires active participation in outdoor activities with the children daily and in all types of weather.
Prepares classroom lessons, facilitates classroom programs, and assesses student progress to ensure safety and foster an environment of learning and development in accordance with established curriculum. Interacts regularly with parents and trains new teachers and students.
25% Plans and facilitates classroom programming and schedules daily classroom activities for an early childhood education facility according to established curriculums
25% Maintains the safety and physical well-being of children in a designated classroom
5% Evaluates individualized and developmental educational plans for children in collaboration with other stakeholders, as needed
10% Maintains and documents effective communication with internal and external stakeholders to relay pertinent information and provide updates of child activities per established guidelines and regulations
15% Mentors new teachers and students
10% Substitute teach in all age groups from 0-6 years of age
10% Provide administrative assistance for program support tasks
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Required Bachelor's Degree - At least 3 credits in Early Childhood Education. - Have a minimum of 240 hours of experience as an assistant childcare teacher in a group childcare center, as a licensed family childcare provider, or in another approved early childhood setting.
Preferred degree focus in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child Development, Social Work, or related field.
Required: - Experience working in a regulated childcare setting with groups of children 0-5 years of age. - Experience with developmentally-appropriate ECE curriculum planning, positive child guidance Methods, and child developmental assessment. - Ability to mentor and supervise college students in the ECE setting. - Demonstrated commitment to creating a healthy and inclusive classroom for children, families, UW students, and CDL staff - Candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check including fingerprinting. Candidate must also meet the WI Department of Children and Families ongoing health and training requirements for staff working in group childcare programs.
Well qualified candidate will have: - Two or more years of experience working within a team-teaching setting. - Ability to adapt teaching methods to child's individual needs, including children with special needs. - Ability to lead and manage groups of children throughout daily routines. - Ability to maintain regular, clear, and respectful communication. - Experience communicating with families about children's development and behavior. - Experience with play-based inquiry curriculum and/or Creative Curriculum. - Training and experience with Pyramid Model and/or Conscious Discipline.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
The starting annual salary for this position is listed as $45,000 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.
A yearly Criminal Background Check and Caregiver Background Check and fingerprinting will be performed. A health examination is required not more than 12 months prior to or 30 days after the first day of employment. A CPR certificate (including training in infant and child CPR, and training in AED) must be on file within 6 months of the first day of work. Abusive Head Trauma Prevention training and training in Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse are required and can be provided by CDL staff during orientation.
The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a unique early care and education program for young children 0-6 years of age that also provides a teaching and research laboratory setting for university students, faculty and staff. The CDL is State-Licensed, City of Madison-accredited, and nationally accredited by NECPA and is located in a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on the beautiful UW-Madison campus. The CDL is licensed for 75 children and offers year-round programming. The CDL's tripartite mission is: (1) to provide UW students with carefully supervised training opportunities associated with their course of study; (2) to provide a population and a setting in which UW faculty and students can conduct research on issues related to child development, early learning and family studies, and (3) to engage in outreach activities, such as hosting professionals and scholars from around the world, serving on committees, providing continuing education to other teachers in the community and helping to organize community service projects. The Child Development Lab has provided excellence in early childhood education, research, and teacher training for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers since its inception in 1926. The CDL is the first preschool laboratory of its kind in Wisconsin, and it was the first laboratory school in the nation to receive accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the 1980s. https://childdevelopmentlab.wisc.edu
SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,600 students, and 100 graduate students. See https://humanecology.wisc.edu/
UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 6 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See http://wisc.edu
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To apply for this position you will need to upload a resume and cover letter that addresses your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above. Applicants will also be asked to provide contact information for three professional references, include a current supervisor, who can speak to their abilities as pertains to this position. References will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.
We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.