The Marsico Institute for Early Learning is housed in the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver. We have dedicated ourselves to improving learning environments and outcomes for children, birth to age 8. We identify the best in early learning research, practice, and policy, and we deliver that information at just the point it will be useful to academics, practitioners, policymakers, and parents — the people who can create and implement changes to improve the lives of young children. The quality of relationships and learning opportunities that young children experience can set the stage for what they will be able to accomplish throughout the rest of their lifetimes.
The Marsico Institute is accepting applications for Early Childhood Instructional Curriculum Coaches who will work as part of a team for an efficacy research study implementing and evaluating both a preschool interdisciplinary curriculum and an early math intervention under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigators. Coaches will support fidelity of implementation of the interdisciplinary pre-K Connect4Learning (C4L) curriculum, which aims to synthesize research-based approaches in four domains of learning: science, mathematics, literacy, and social-emotional development. Coaches will also support preschool and kindergarten teachers in the incorporation of critical mathematical knowledge and practices of the Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories ([LT]2) website. Teachers will receive professional development from the Principal Investigators on the C4L curriculum and how to incorporate [LT]2, which is a tool that grounds teachers in how children learn mathematics, literacy, and social-emotional development.
Coaches are expected to: master curricular content; work collaboratively with curriculum development, training, and teaching teams; model implementation of the curriculum/intervention and [LT]2 knowledge and practices; support the teachers’ fidelity of implementation of curriculum/intervention activities and practices; and support the teachers’ development and facility with integrating these enhanced instructional techniques.
These are temporary, non-benefited, grant-funded positions to begin work on or after August 1, 2021. Coaches must be available to travel and provide in-person coaching and support services to teachers at multiple school sites between 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at least 4 days a week. The interdisciplinary C4L curriculum project will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the [LT]2 math project will take place in Boulder, Colorado. Applicants may indicate their preferred project in their application letter; final placement will be determined based on the applicant's background, skills, and ability to travel to each location as needed.
These are non-benefited positions not to exceed 1,000 hours each in a calendar year.
- Regularly interface with instructional staff from childcare centers and preschools in Colorado Springs, Colorado or Boulder, Colorado.
- Provide technical assistance to teachers as they implement the C4L curriculum or the math intervention program, including modeling high-quality math, science, literacy, and social-emotional activities and practices.
- Monitor teacher implementation of the curriculum/intervention.
- Complete coaching logs and teacher debrief forms regularly as part of coaching tasks.
- Conduct in-person and virtual classroom observations assessing program implementation and content-specific teaching.
- Utilize video equipment and virtual collaboration software to record program implementation.
- Meet regularly with project Principal Investigators to discuss teachers’ progress and ways to support implementation of the curriculum/intervention (meetings will be a combination of virtual and in-person in occasionally in Denver, Colorado).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must be able to develop a good rapport with young children and school personnel.
- Facility with MS Office Suite/O365 programs, videotaping equipment, and basic features of virtual collaboration software.
- Close attention to detail.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Capable of successfully working independently and as part of a team.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Experience working with young children.
- Experience as an instructor, instructional coach, and/or classroom teacher.
- Experience in math education and STEM in the context of early childhood curriculum, and/or coaching.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology, Research, Social Science or related field.
- Spanish language proficiency.
- Master’s or Doctoral degree.
Part-Time, varies. Evenings and weekends as required. Depending on the project. regular local travel in Colorado Springs or Boulder and the surrounding areas, and occasional travel to Denver is required.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 18, 2021.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
The hourly range for this position is $28.00 - $32.00.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
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Please include the following documents with your application:
2. Cover Letter
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
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