Instructional Support Teacher

Washington, DC
Full Time
Substitute (Internal) Teacher - SY21-22
Entry Level

What You Will Do

The Instructional Support Teacher plays the critical role of ensuring continuity of instruction, classroom culture, and school-wide systems by providing coverage in classrooms, as well as throughout Achievement Prep schools, when classroom teachers are absent. S/he supports the network of schools located at Wahler Place and may serve in either the elementary or middle school on any given day.  In addition, the Instructional Support Teacher is expected to fully participate in all community-based events and procedures during the school day for one specific school, such as lunch and dismissal, as well as all afterschool commitments required of instructional staff members.

Reporting to the Principal, you will:

Substituting Classes

  • Serve as an internal substitute teacher
  • Work across the network to substitute both elementary (K – 3) and middle (4 – 8) school classes when teachers are absent
  • Substitute classes for any and all instructional staff members who are absent on a given day
  • Collaborate with instructional staff and/or school leaders on lesson planning and assessment, when applicable
  • Provide long-term coverage for a specific course, when applicable
  • Communicate frequently and proactively with families of scholars you serve
  • Implement Achievement Prep behavior system with fidelity

General School Support

  • Support the facilitation of school-wide testing and examinations
  • Serve as additional support in higher-need classrooms
  • Provide small-group tutoring 
  • Be an additional support throughout the buildings when there are no teachers absent
  • Attend all daily morning staff meetings and applicable weekly grade-level meetings
  • Participate in all staff professional development sessions
  • Engage in additional school-wide responsibilities, such as lunch/recess duty, hallway posts, events committees, etc.
  • Receive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the same
  • Embody our core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
  • Maintain a culture centered on our ethos and core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
  • Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars
  • Be on campus from at least 7:30 AM to at least 5:00 PM daily
  • Manage time, tasks, deadlines and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment and hold others accountable for the same
  • Attend and support events during the school day and in the evenings (monthly) that invite families into the building

Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill Achievement Prep’s mission for our scholars 

You Must Have

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1+ years of experience working in an urban setting with children in historically underserved communities

It Would Be Nice for Your to Have

  • Prior substitute teaching experience

Who You Are

You know and understand the power of education and have seen, first hand, that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others.  You are committed to serving historically underserved communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to change.  You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way.  You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement.  You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep.  You are familiar with our community and are not afraid of or by all the beauty and challenges that come with living in impoverished communities.  You value and respect everyone and demonstrate that respect in words and actions.

You revel in the idea that no two days will be the same.  On Monday you may be supporting scholars in kindergarten learn to read.  Tuesday may be in 4th grade build their reading comprehension skills in science.  And then by Wednesday, you may be working with 8th graders as they read and analyze complex novels.  For you, it’s about being consistent across the board, moving the curricula forward in the absence of the classroom teacher, and providing additional support to the schools in whatever way necessary.  You respect timelines and know that meeting the same are not optional or to be taken for granted.  You are open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do.  You know the work isn’t easy and don’t expect for it to be.  The grind of our mission ignites you.  You are not only capable of performing but thrive in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance.  You look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too.

Achievement Prep encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer fully committed to hiring a talented and diverse group of individuals. Achievement Prep does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.


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