Maret School (DC) 3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School (DC) 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW Washington, DC 20007
Norwood School (MD) 8821 River Road Bethesda, MD 20817
2020 Program Dates
Staff Orientation: May 16, 2020 and June 25, 26, 29, 30, 2020
Summer Program: July 1-August 7, 2020
Staff Orientation: May 16, 2020 and June 22-26, 2020
Summer Program: June 29-August 7, 2020
Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) is an academic and enrichment program designed to help students from low-income families in the DC-area reach their full potential. HGW supports over 370 students from 1st grade through 9th grade with year-round programming and support.
Working in partnership with our families, sending schools, and host schools, HGW is committed to developing the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for self and others, encourage a lifelong interest in learning, and inspire a meaningful, choice-filled life. The program begins when a student enters 1st grade and extends until they enter 9th grade, allowing for a rewarding long-term relationship between a diverse set of learners and the nurturing staff who work with them every summer.
Horizons Greater Washington is seeking a dedicated and effective 7-9 Lead Teacher with classroom experience and a penchant for cultivating students lifelong love of learning. Each Middle School Lead Teacher will work with a teaching assistant, volunteer, and certified reading specialist to deliver engaging, inquiry-based curriculum in small classes of no more than 17 students. Additionally, Middle School Lead Teachers are supported by a Site Director and the HGW administrative team.
The Middle School Lead Teachers areas of direct responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:
Design and teach high quality, culturally-responsive, project-based curriculum and engage students in learning math and language arts throughout our six-week summer enrichment program
Attend a one-week orientation session prior to the start of the program (as noted in the dates above) and one day in May (also noted above)
Engage approximately 15-17 students in daily lessons that promote active, student-centered learning in math, social studies, or reading
Examine student assessment data to inform decision making and improve instruction, consulting with the Site Director and Reading Specialists as necessary
Establish and maintain a classroom environment conducive to learning
Supervise students during daily meals during assigned block
Accompany students while they are in the pool during their swimming lessons and on field trips, which may include staying with students on an overnight camping trip
Provide instruction to students while they are in the pool during their swimming lessons under the guidance of a trained swim instructor
Plan and lead enriching experiential learning opportunities, including field trips, in coordination with the Site Director and Program Assistant
Attend Family Night (last week of the program), Ice Cream Social (orientation week), and Faculty Meetings and other activities, including those that may fall outside the program hours and/or in the evening
Maintain daily attendance records, develop and submit lessons plans, and provide formative feedback to the Site Director and Assistant Site Director on a consistent basis
Ride the bus for both student pick-up and drop-off as needed
Work with approximately two teaching assistants to collaboratively deliver lessons and activities
Ensure compliance to state and organizational regulations and policies
Meet regularly with the Site Director (and Program Director as needed) to proactively accomplish goals and problem solve as issues arise
Prepare and submit a final evaluation of each students progress prior to the end of the program
Assist in the administration of student assessments
In addition to having a steadfast commitment to Horizons mission, the ideal candidate will possess classroom experience in project-based instruction, behavior management, and differentiation. Candidates must also be flexible, organized, and self-driven.
Position-relevant teaching credentials are strongly preferred, but equivalent content area expertise or teaching experience will be considered in lieu of certification
Basic swimming proficiency and comfort with being in the water
Knowledge of best practices for classroom management as well as socio-emotional learning and the ability to implement specific strategies for developing childrens non-cognitive skills such as focus, determination, empathy and self-discipline
Proven ability to relate well to diverse children and families as well as plan and deliver engaging, challenging lessons for school-aged children
Excellent communicative, organizational, and time management skills
Leadership experience and ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
Access to reliable transportation for travel to/from the program
Willingness to make changes in instruction based on feedback and observation
Experience teaching elementary and/or middle school-aged students in a classroom setting is strongly preferred
Knowledge of effective teaching strategies for second language learners
How to Apply
Please email an up-to-date copy of your resume and a brief cover letter that outlines your relevant skills and experience to Lauren Simmons with the subject "Lead Teacher (7-9)". Additionally, please indicate your (1) location and (2) grade preference.
Applicant interviews begin January 15, 2020. Final candidates will be subject to a reference check and criminal background screening.