Teaching at DC

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Join one of the highest-performing PreK-12 public school systems in the District of Columbia. Be surrounded by diverse educators who are committed to anti-racism and providing an excellent education to all students. We aim for DC to be the best place in our nation’s capital for educators to grow professionally and make an impact. Through a robust professional development program, first-class benefits, ample resources, and a team and family culture, educators can reach new heights in their careers by joining the DC community.

Why Join DC?

Impact

Join one of the highest-performing PreK-12 public school systems in the District of Columbia. Be part of a talented group of diverse educators, all committed to anti-racism and providing an excellent education to all students.

Support

We seek to deliver unparalleled coaching and development to maximize teachers’ impact on student achievement. Our targeted, year-round professional development program is rooted in antiracist practices and aligned to a core curriculum provided to all teachers. Staff receive regular feedback and coaching from an administrator and content coach, allowing them to hone their craft and focus on lesson delivery and differentiation.

Teach

At DC, we believe in developing teachers whether they are in the classroom for decades, or aspire to leadership. There are many advancement opportunities including partnership with Relay Graduate school, special education fellowship, grade level chairs, Rising Leader Vice Principal and Dean Development Cohort, and Principal in Residence Training Program.

School Culture and Equity

DC schools are joyful and identity affirming with school cultures centered in restorative practices, positive behavior incentives, and social emotional learning. As a public school system, we also aim to identify and confront institutional racism to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization for staff and students.

Additional Benefits

DC’s start at 65,500, are above the District of Columbia average, and we offer renewal add-ons of up to $5,000 each year a teacher returns. In addition, ample school budgets ensure educators do not need to pay out of pocket for classroom expenses.

DC offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental, vision, various voluntary benefits, and employer paid benefits such as short term disability, long term disability, life insurance, and a membership to One Medical. DC also offers a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and match, vesting after three years. Teachers have access to DC’s additional development and enrichment opportunities such as Relay’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program, Special Education Fellowship, School Culture Champion Grants, Classroom Innovation Grants, and various fellowship and pilot programs launched each year.

Connect With Us

Upcoming Events

  • Behind The Scenes Smilow Campus Visit

    March 29 9-11am

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  • DC Hiring Fair

    May 18 9am -1pm

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  • Teach at DC Webinar

    April 25 5-6:15pm

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Talk with a Recruiter

Early Childhood

with Natalie Cheuk our early childhood recruitment manager.

Elementary School

with Chentese Stewartour elementary recruitment manager.

Middle School

with Xernalia Marshall our middle school recruitment manager.

High School

with Joshua Middletonour middle school recruitment manager.

 

"“I know this is the work I’m supposed to be doing, and I ground it in the fact that I am helping change lives through education. It feels great to provide students with the education they deserve in the community I grew up in. I recently had a parent text me about how excited her daughter was to talk about a book we recently read. It’s the little moments like that that make this work gratifying”"

Chris Richardson, 6th Grade Teacher at Honor Academy

What We Look For

Requirements

Required

Bachelor’s degree

Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities

Strongly Preferred

At least two years of teaching experience in a public school or education degree with student teaching experience

Preferred

DC prefers all teachers to be “Highly Qualified”, which includes a Bachelor’s degree and passing the appropriate Praxis exam(s)

Bachelor’s degree in content area

Experience/strength in content area

Experience teaching in a predominantly African-American environment

How To Stand Out

Mission Alignment

We are looking for teachers who are passionate about DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families.

Strong content knowledge

Successful applicants show evidence of planning and delivering well structured, engaging lessons. They have demonstrated student success and use data often to inform their practice.

Positive classroom culture

DC teachers are focused on relationship building, use restorative management strategies, and have clear systems and routines in their classroom

Teacher leadership

We are looking for team members that support their colleagues, navigate conflict thoughtfully, and are eager to grow in their practice.

How to Apply

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For most teaching candidates who progress beyond the online application, the selection process involves the following steps:

Online Application: Our application is quick! An upload of your resume and a few short answer questions. While our application is rolling, we encourage you to apply as early as possible as we fill most teaching roles by Spring.

Initial Interview: We’ll connect with you via phone or video (your choice) for a 30-45 minute interview to learn more about you.

Sample Teaching Video: You’ll submit a sample video (or sometimes perform a lesson via zoom).

Final Interview and Demo Lesson: You’ll get to meet with our school leadersto share more about yourself and learn more about our schools. You’ll also teach a demo lesson with our students.

References: We’ll ask you to share three professional references that we’ll reach out to.

Offer extended: You’re a teacher at DC Public Schools!