Posted on January 07, 2014
Our students need your expertise, passion and leadership
We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming and improving educational outcomes for our students in the areas of science, math, engineering, and technology.
In DCPS, 4,000 teachers serve the needs of 46,000 students across 110 schools, including 6 Catalyst elementary schools with a specific focus on STEM instruction. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the best urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest-performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation whose work drives significant achievement gains for DCPS students.
- Develop and implement STEM curricula to meet academic standards
- Thoughtfully plan daily lessons and implement specific strategies to meet the needs of all students, providing extra support, enrichment, or variation of work when necessary
- Be accountable for students' academic growth and increase each individual student's achievement
- Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and diagnose areas of student misunderstanding
- Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
- Create a positive, achievement-oriented learning environment
- Reflect on successes and areas of growth as a teacher, seek to improve performance, and respond to feedback
- Participate in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level activities, and school-wide functions
- Invest parents and families in their children's academic success through regular communication
- Perform other related duties as assigned
- Bachelor's degree
- Possesses or is eligible for a valid District of Columbia Teaching License in the respective subject area (for more information on DC Teacher Licensure, please visit the website of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education at osse.dc.gov/service/teacher-licensure)
- Successful completion of Praxis I and II exams (unless holding a standard teaching license)
- Meets Highly Qualified status as defined by the NCLB mandates
- Strong instructional skills and classroom management
- Strong science, math, or engineering background or experience
- Knowledge of technology and how to incorporate into instructional practice
- Ability to self-reflect on teaching practices and be responsive to feedback
Personal Qualities of Top Candidates
- Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
- Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
- Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the mastery of instruction based on student performance, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
- Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
- Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
- Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others
How to apply:
To apply, visit our website at www.joindcpublicschools.com, and complete our online application.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com, or call us at (202) 299-2145.
Criminal Background Check
In accordance with the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children Act of 2004, this position has been designated and identified as one which requires a criminal background check and/or traffic record check. If you are tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check will be conducted. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory criminal background check.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, District of Columbia Official Code Section 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) does not discriminate (including employment therein and admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. Discrimination in violation of the aforementioned laws will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of DCPS will be handled as follows:
Employees with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to employment and employees should contact:
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
Office of Labor Management & Employee Relations
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20002