Clementine Montessori is a small school nestled in Center City Philadelphia. Our mission is to nurture a community of learning, kindness, and independence amongst our students. It is the school’s objective to create a safe, engaging, and inspired learning environment grounded in the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We strive to build a diverse community of learners and recognize the uniqueness of each child.
Clementine’s Extended Day Coordinator (EDC) works closely in conjunction with the Head of School (HoS) and the other members of the Extended Day Staff (EDS) to support the mission and vision of the school by providing an instructional program that supports the individual needs of the children in accordance with the school’s mission and vision.
The following are requirements of prospective candidates:
- Knowledge and experience of working with children between three and six-years of age.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Good organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
- A self-starter.
The following experiences would be preferable but are not required:
- Knowledge of, or interest in, the Montessori philosophy.
- Worked in a classroom setting.
This is a ten-month full time exempt position with full benefits. The daily hours are from 9:30AM to 6:00PM with thirty minutes for lunch. The EDC reports directly to the HoS.
A. Planning, Preparation and Instruction
- Use Montessori curriculum and supporting instructional practices to facilitate after-school Studio activities to meet the needs of both the group and individual students.
- Coordinates with, and directs other EDS members of after-school Studio activities.
- Assist Primary teachers during lunch, nap, outside play and the afternoon work cycle.
- Follow the child by adapting instruction to meet the unique learning needs of each child.
- Record observations and concerns to be shared with the Primary teacher(s) on a regular basis. The Primary teacher(s) will be the primary contact with the families especially when communicating such issues.
- Interpret and use observations to inform instructional decisions for individual students.
- Empower children to take ownership of their learning, developing their individual interests through projects, independent studies, research, and/or independent work choices.
- Provide a classroom atmosphere where children work collaboratively and independently.
- Ask questions that support the development of critical, independent, and creative thinking.
- Allow time for reflection by children about their work and learning both individually and with the group.
B. Classroom Environment/Management
- Prepare an environment in which the furnishings and materials correspond to the needs of the group and evolve as the needs of the group do throughout the year.
- Maintain a clean, orderly, and attractive environment, including the care, maintenance and replenishment of classroom materials and equipment.
- Create a safe, secure, learning environment by showing appreciation and respect for the individual differences and unique needs of each member of the learning community.
- Model and teach conflict resolution and problem solving strategies in the classroom.
- Be consistent and clear with logical consequences to help children to manage issues.
- Foster a classroom community that provides continuity in rules and expectations for behavior similar to those developed across all classrooms.
- When the classroom community is not functioning smoothly, look at one’s self and the classroom environment to address the concerns.
- Supervise children at all times during class in a proactive manner.
- Be responsive, respectful, and courteous in all communications in the school community.
- Emphasize the positive aspects of most situations.
- Seek out information to clarify questions.
- Communicate to others with a professional manner that supports an understanding of the school’s program and develops positive relationships within the school community.
- Proactively address and communicate issues of concern to fellow teachers and Head of School including discipline concerns, family concerns, etc.
- Protect the privacy/confidentiality of each student and family in the school community.
- Establish a positive relationship with colleagues and maintain regular communication with regard to a child’s specific needs.
- Communicate and share with the Extended Day coordinator about classroom happenings and pictures to be included in the Extended Day weekly newsletter.
- Participate in parent programs that help nurture an understanding of their classroom curriculum and philosophy.
- Provide observations to primary teachers to be included in narratives of bi-annual Progress Reports.
- Assist in the development of and participate in school functions, including but not limited to Parent Education opportunities and family events.
D. Professional Responsibility
- Continually reflect on and refine classroom practice.
- Collaborate in professional growth with members of the school community.
- Maintain membership in a professional organization related to area of specialty.
- Read journals, books, articles to support your teaching in your classroom.
- Attend and contribute to meetings, discussion groups, committees, etc.
- Adhere to guidelines and policies as established in the employee handbook.
- Attend opportunities for professional growth, as required by DPW (12 hours).