Education and Inclusion Coordinator
Easterseals Serving Chicagoland & Rockford
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The Education and Inclusion Coordinator provides content area support and oversight in the areas of education and disabilities services to the Easterseals Head Start/Early Head Start programs in an assigned geographic area.
- Work with the Education and Inclusion Coaches, other Easterseals staff, partner site directors and staff, and the community to ensure consistent, high quality education and disabilities services at all assigned HS/EHS programs.
- Work with Easterseals staff, site directors and staff, and the community to ensure that programs recruit and enroll Head Start/Early Head Start children, including children with disabilities, to meet their funded enrollment numbers and to keep an active waiting list.
- Collaborate with the content area managers to develop service/management plans and implement systems to ensure consistent, high quality child development services at all Head Start and Early Head Start programs in accordance with all Head Start Performance Standards.
- Participate in program planning based on analysis of child and program educational outcomes.
- Provide support to Education and Inclusion Coaches at sites on a regular basis, including assisting with building collaborative relationships with the Family and Health Services team, and site directors and staff, in order to provide integrated services to families.
- Ensure that a family strengths-based approach is understood and followed by staff.
- Participate on the Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) team to develop and implement a PFCE Plan that supports meaningful parent and family engagement and outcomes.
- Participate in the School Readiness team and the development and implementation of the School Readiness Plan as part of an integrated leadership team.
- Participate in active supervision to ensure the safety of all children and that no child is ever left alone or unsupervised.
- Participate in program planning and implementation of all service areas as part of an integrated leadership team.
- Participate in the self-assessment process, community needs assessment, and strategic planning.
- Participate in the monthly analysis of monitoring data with the leadership team, provide recommendations, and ensure that data is utilized to guide planning.
- Participate in site visits, presentations, and orientation for prospective new sites as part of an integrated leadership team.
Record Keeping, Reporting and Communication:
- Implement a system to ensure that all education and disabilities information is entered into COPA and Teaching Strategies GOLD in a timely manner, including developmental screenings, referrals, disability status, home visits, parent-teacher conferences, observations, and assessment.
- Prepare monthly reports with updates about PIR information and information tracked for education and disabilities.
- Complete the annual PIR as part of the leadership team.
- Facilitate and/or participate in regularly scheduled content area, team, director, and other meetings.
- Complete the annual PIR as part of the leadership team.
- Travel to Easterseals and partner sites regularly.
Ongoing Monitoring and Self-Assessment:
- Implement and monitor systems for ensuring the active supervision and safety of children so that no child is ever left alone or unsupervised.
- Implement a system to monitor educational services for all children at all sites, including classroom observations and file reviews.
- Implement a system to ensure that all developmental screening information is completed within 45 days of children’s enrollment.
- Implement a system to ensure that all children identified as benefitting from further evaluation are referred and evaluated according to timelines.
- Implement a system to ensure that all children and families that are identified as benefiting from mental health services receive support in a timely manner.
- Implement a system for supporting children with behavioral concerns, including a behavior review process and behavior plans.
- Participate in the semi-annual CLASS assessment of all classrooms.
- Implement a system of ongoing monitoring for education, disabilities, and mental health to be completed during daily/weekly visits by direct support staff and content area staff.
- Collaborate with PDM team to develop and implement a system of ongoing monitoring to be completed by the PDM team, including unannounced visits, file reviews, and observations/assessments.
- Implement a system for tracking non-compliances and developing and monitoring action plans.
- Implement a system for ongoing review of COPA and the PIR to ensure information is accurate and complete, including monthly tracking and reporting of information
- Participate in the ongoing self-assessment of the program.
- Implement reflective and relationship based practices.
- Provide ongoing technical support to the Education and Inclusion Coaches and paraprofessionals, including their performance evaluations and professional development plans.
- Conduct trainings for Coaches and site staff.
- Participate in the development of an annual professional development conference.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, or in another field with at least 30 semester credit hours in ECE required.
- Masters preferred.
- 3 years of early childhood classroom experience.
- 1 year of administrative, supervisory, or coaching experience.
- 3 years of experience in Head Start/Early Head Start.
- Home visiting experience preferred.
- Obtain certification as a CLASS-reliable observer within 1 year.
- Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD.
- Head Start Performance Standards.
- MS Office.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Auto insurance.
- Reliable vehicle.
- Able to work well with all levels of the organization, partner sites, other agencies and funding source personnel.
- Demonstrates the ability to conceptualize and articulate program outcomes.
- Able to manage multiple projects.
- Well organized, highly detail oriented and accuracy driven.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational and supervisory skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.