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Education Specialist - Eliot-Pearson Children's School
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 24, 2022
Title Education Specialist - Eliot-Pearson Children's School
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Eliot-Pearson Children's School
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Educational Services
    Child and Social Services


This is a part-time position, working 20 hours per week.

The Eliot-Pearson Children' School is the laboratory-demonstration school affiliated with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. The school serves as a model and demonstration facility, providing a training and observation site for new and experienced teachers and a research facility for faculty and supervised students. The children' school enrolls approximately 80 children. It has preschool and kindergarten to second grade classes.

What You'll Do

The Education Specialist will work closely with the Director and provide mentoring/support for teachers on curriculum, observation and documentation, and professional development. She/he will also build relationships with educators, teaching staff, and families to foster and maximize children’s learning, teachers’ ongoing growth and family connections.

Essential Functions include:


Early Childhood Education - work closely with the Director and admin team to:

  • Support teachers in the development/documentation of emergent curricula, children's projects, learning and inquiry.
  • Develop, execute and integrate program evaluation and improvement plan
  • Maintain and enhance high quality family engagement and home-school connection
  • Assist with high quality and responsive marketing, community outreach and admissions materials
  • Oversee the implementation and documentation of special rights services at the school

Collaborative Learning and Program Quality - work closely with the Director and admin team to:

  • Oversee the implementation of professional development activities and needs
  • Work as a team to promote collaborative learning and professional development around documentation of curriculum projects and their implementation (Example: Virtual Teaching Strategies (VTS), Making Teaching Visible, Developing a Documentation Studio…)
  • Support the documentation, integration and implementation of anti-bias & nature education/approach, mindfulness and developmental technology across curriculum projects and programs
  • Maintaining Licensing and NAEYC accreditation standards and program quality

Research and special projects Coordination - work closely with the Director to:

  • Coordinate research and projects at the Department of Child Study & Human Development, University and External Institutions
  • Update research policies and procedures to review and ensure appropriate application and coordination of research studies and projects (approval by Tufts IRB, completed research request form, submission of IRB request, sample letter of consent, etc.).
  • Coordinate with head teachers and researchers to schedule observations, research/projects visit times and spaces that are mutually beneficial to the children, teachers, and researchers.
  • Meet with researchers and project leaders throughout the research to assess progress.
  • Write final Research and Project Report to be finalized by the EPCS Director

School-Family Connection - work closely with the Director to:

  • Promote partnership with families around children’s learning
  • Assist with PTAB committees, especially “Supporting Children Supporting Families” group
  • Support teachers in coordinating classroom and school-wide fieldtrips


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

Knowledge and experience typically acquired by:

  • Required education: Masters Degree
  • Required computer/technical skills: Proficient in MS Word and Excel, and experience using databases
  • Years of related experience required: MA with 10+ years of experience of in-depth knowledge and work experience with curriculum development, Documentation of children's learning and teaching approaches
  • Experience in Early childhood Education, Curriculum Development, and Documentation and Assessment of Young Children
  • Collaborative work and learning experience with team teachers on Documentation and Making Learning Visible
  • Experience working in higher education setting and collaborating with academic faculty
  • Experience in Mentoring and Peer-Coaching
  • Excellent organizational, time management, multi-tasking, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to do detailed work with accuracy in a busy environment handle confidential materials set priorities ask for help and know when to defer decisions work independently under pressure be flexible, adapt, creative and resourceful
  • Must be flexible, open to different perspectives/approaches to teaching/learning, and embrace change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in diverse settings (children, educators and families), early childhood and teacher research Facility in a language other than English is desirable.
  • Knowledge of MA formal assessment tools (Work Sampling, PAS).

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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