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 STEAM Teacher to further enhance our culture of creativity, innovation, and experimentation by melding the diverse disciplines of math, science, art, engineering, design, architecture, and more. Using design thinking, the STEAM Teacher will assist, support, and encourage students as they learn new skills for developing ideas and experience both success and failure in a highly collaborative setting.
The STEAM Teacher's areas of direct responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop and deliver appropriate curricula for students in grades 1-9 that are aligned with the practices and principles outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and integrated in cross-curricular lesson extensions
Develop and deliver robotics curriculum for students in grades 5 and 6 using available resources
Deliver instruction and guidance to students while in the makerspace
On an as-needed basis, coordinate and mentor teachers as to the successful implementation of design thinking
Research, develop, and innovate maker activities
Inventory and maintain all makerspace pace materials, tools and equipment, including hardware and software
Work one-on-one with students or in groups to ideate, prototype and present projects
Maintain a safe and efficient learning environment
Provide technical support of project documentation (video, photo, blog/vlog, digital portfolio, social media, etc.)
Lead students in building time-management and project planning skills
Plan and coordinate a multi-site culminating robotics showcase with students in 5th-6th grade
Working knowledge of NGSS
Experience and comfort with technology, engineering, design, science, art, and craft
Strong classroom management skills
Experience and strong interest in working with middle and high school students
An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to teaching
Valid and applicable teaching credential highly desirable, but candidates with substantial teaching and/or classroom experience will also be considered
Working knowledge of design thinking methodologies
How to Apply
Please upload a resume and cover letter, outlining your skills, experience, and availability. Additionally, please indicate your location preference based on our site listings.
Applicant interviews begin on January 15, 2019. Selected candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.