Facilitator, Kindergarten Math Clubs
- Department: Innovation, Policy, and Research
- Start Date: Aug 01, 2014
- Salary: Commensurate with experience
Bank Street College is seeking an experienced paraprofessional to be a Facilitator for Kindergarten Math Clubs, an exciting new effort to improve kindergarten children’s math skills in NYC schools. Small groups of children will meet in “math clubs” several times a week to play fun, interactive math games with trained facilitators.
This position is part of a research study that is designed to improve long-term outcomes for children living in poverty in New York City, starting in early childhood. The study is being conducted by MDRC, a leading social policy research organization, in partnership with a major New York City-based foundation.
The start date for this position will be in August of 2014. This is a one-year position with the possibility of an extension into a second year.
Responsibilities of the Math Club Facilitator include:
- Participating in training sessions prior to and during the course of the 2014-2015 school year
- Providing instruction for, and facilitating peer interaction within, “math clubs” consisting of small groups of kindergarten children
- Maintaining a “caseload” of math clubs. Meeting with each club approximately three times a week
- Entering data into logs developed by MDRC
- Preparing and bringing materials to sites for each math club
- Performing related duties as assigned
- Strong communications and relationship-building skills: ability to manage diverse opinions/perspectives
- Organizational skills including time management, maintaining records of meetings with teachers, and submitting documents to project staff
- Flexibility and ability to deal with change and ambiguity
- College coursework in relevant field of study (clinical or social work, early childhood education, educational leadership and administration, or related profession)
- Experience guiding and assisting students in small group instruction settings with class routines and in transitioning from one activity to the next
- Interest in the research process and ability to conduct research protocols. Ability to analyze data and apply results to goal-setting and plans for instruction
- Experience with and commitment to working with ethnically diverse children, families, and professionals in low-income, urban neighborhoods
- Knowledge of early childhood development, classroom practices, and early math education
- Strong writing, presentation & communication skills
In addition, the following characteristics will be considered in reviewing candidates for this position:
- Ability to work effectively across multiple teams in a complex project (schools, afterschool programs, curriculum developers, research team)
- Comfort and proficiency with technology including use of the computers, internet, email, video/audio recorders, PDAs or smart phones
- A schedule that can accommodate visits to schools at various times throughout the week and after the end of the school day. Flexibility and willingness to accommodate non-traditional work hours
- Bilingual English/Spanish-speaker preferred
Must be able to travel to child development centers, individual school sites and other local agencies.
Some out-of-town travel may be required (for training sessions with curriculum developer)
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, or disability in its employment policies and other college administered programs.