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 K-6 Lead Teacher with classroom experience and a penchant for cultivating students lifelong love of learning. Each 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, Lead Teachers are supported by a Site Director and the HGW administrative team.
The 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)
Engage approximately 15-17 students in daily lessons that promote active, student-centered learning in math and 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
Accompany students while they are in the pool during their swimming lessons
Plan experiential learning experiences and accompany students on weekly field trips
Attend Family Night, Ice Cream Social, and Faculty Meetings and other activities, including those that may fall outside the program hours
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 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 demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
Access to reliable transportation for travel to/from the program
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