Transitional Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

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Organization Education for Change Public Schools
Location Oakland
Classification Teaching Aide
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 7/9/2014
County Alameda


The Transitional Kindergarten Instructional Assistant is primarily responsible for lending paraprofessional support to the teacher and the Transitional Kindergarten Program as a whole. S/He will be responsible for performing general clerical duties as related to the program; will utilize specialized skills learned in this classification for the care, supervision and teaching of preschool students; and perform related tasks and duties as required.

Education for Change Public Schools (EFCPS) believes it is the right for every child to have access to a high-quality, 21st century education. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of schools that focuses relentlessly on our student’s academic achievement. EFCPS is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of K-8 schools, growing to a portfolio of preK-12 schools in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Oakland, serving 2,500 children currently. Additional information about Education for Change can be found at

• Assists instructional staff with the development and presentation of learning activities and instruction for preschool age children.
• Reads to children and supervises them in all daily activities.
• Assists in the serving of lunch and snacks to children, which includes demonstrating and reinforcing good eating and communication habits.
• Assists children in personal hygiene needs, which includes washing of face and hands and use of toilet facilities.
• Supervises youngsters in the classroom, on the playground, in the halls and while arriving or leaving school.
• Assists with all greeting and dismissal activities of each class.
• Assists with opening and closing activities of each class.
• Leads small group activities in and outside of the classroom.
• Performs general clerical duties such as taking and recording daily attendance, phoning parents, daily lunch count and other required functions of the classroom.
• Performs general cleaning duties, which includes room cleanup, vacuuming, washing of instructional materials, wiping down of classroom equipment and changing sheets.
• Duplicates instructional materials and prepares bulletin board and other classroom displays.
• Assists with daily student activity set up and other items.
• Meets with teacher regularly to discuss the weekly program progress, challenges and needs.
• Assists with Desired Results School Readiness assessment tools, gathering student data, observations, writing observation notes and creating effective learning spaces for students.
• Skills are required to perform multiple, non-technical tasks. Specific skills are required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices; controlling and motivating students; preparing and maintaining accurate records.
• Participate, as required, in district staff development program and maintain necessary documentation of such participation.

Knowledge of
• General concepts of child growth and development and child behavior characteristics.
• State preschool compliance requirements, data gathering and reporting, or demonstrated ability to learn.
• Student observation skills.
• State Education Code and other federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the Transitional Kindergarten Program.
• District board policies, rules and regulations.
• Modern business practices and district authorized software to complete duties, tasks and responsibilities.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.

Ability to
• Responsibly supervise students in all phases of the program (indoor, outdoor, activities, curriculum, etc.)
• Work effectively with young students.
• Adhere to safety practices, control and motivate students and preparing and maintaining accurate records.
• Collaborate with district staff, consultants and other stakeholders in the Early Learning Community.
• Assist with parent meetings and training sessions.
• Work independently with little supervision.
• Understand and carry out verbal and written directions.
• Read and write English with sufficient comprehension to perform duties accurately and competently.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and students.
• Work and communicate effectively and cooperatively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

• High School Diploma, or equivalent; and
• Six (6) units Early Childhood Education, or demonstrated ability to complete necessary training within the district or at an accredited college/university; and
• Pass the district’s Proficiency Exam, or possession of an AA or higher degree that demonstrates completion of sixty (60) semester units or ninety (90) quarter units from an accredited college or university.

• Two (2) years successful, demonstrated experience working with preschool/kindergarten age children.

• Indoor environment.
• Classroom setting, working with students, carrying out educational activities and curriculum.

Physical Abilities
• Hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone with/without assistive devices.
• See, hear and speak with/without assistive devices sufficient to communicate effectively with others.
• Sit for extended periods of time with intermittent walking.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate assigned office equipment.
• Bend at the waist.
• Ability to lift students up to fifty (50) pounds.
• Reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally; grasp.
• Observe safe lifting and carrying practices.

EFCPS offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, email