Higher Achievement Summer Teacher


General Description:

A full-time, intensive, seven-week paid position lasting for the duration of Higher Achievement’s Summer Academy ; from roughly mid-June through early August. Teachers attend a one-week orientation and training immediately preceding the six-week Academy’s start. Using Higher Achievement’s progressive, skills-based curriculum, teachers are responsible for preparing for and teaching three to five classes of middle school-aged scholars in one or two subject areas per day (math, science, social studies, or literature).

Teachers work with middle school scholars from under-resourced neighborhoods who have applied to and been selected for the program. In addition to classroom time, teachers are responsible for: lesson planning, homeroom leadership, daily staff meetings, and supervising scholars during lunch, recreation time, and field trips (including a three-day overnight trip to a college or university). Additionally, teachers complete an evaluation for each scholar during the summer. This intense and rewarding position requires a strong commitment and a positive, can-do attitude.


Preparation, Instruction, and Management

Use the curricula provided by Higher Achievement to prepare engaging daily lesson plans and activities for teaching scholars

Adapt lesson plans to suit diverse scholar needs while assessing and supporting scholar strengths

Implement Higher Achievement’s high standards of a Learning Community in the classroom by maintaining high expectations for scholars, praising their hard work, and issuing incentives and consequences when necessary

Reinforce Higher Achievement’s philosophies and positive work culture with scholars

Implement a youth development approach, characterized by respectful interactions with scholars, youth participation and input, and a consideration of youth developmental needs when addressing discipline. Training on a youth development approach will be provided.

Teamwork and Supervision

Work collaboratively with a team of Summer Academy teachers and staff to share best practices around lesson planning, classroom management, and academic goals

Supervise groups of as many as 25 scholars on weekly field trips to locations across the region and on one three-day, overnight trip to a university

Outcomes, Products, Deliverables:

Scholars learn Higher Achievement’s curriculum in fun and engaging lessons

Teachers work collaboratively with Center staff to operate the Summer Academy

Teachers complete an evaluation for every scholar on their roster

Scholars receive opportunities to learn and grow academically and socially


Classroom teaching experience with middle school aged students strongly preferred

Energetic, flexible, culturally sensitive applicants with positive personalities required

Experience managing groups of young people required

Comfort with group leadership required

Professionals in all disciplines encouraged to apply

At least 2 years of college required; rising college juniors and seniors welcome to apply

Bilingual speakers, especially in Spanish, encouraged to apply


Ward 1

Marie Reed Elementary School 2200 Champlain St NW Washington, DC 20009

Ward 4

Brightwood Education Campus 1300 Nicholson Street NW Washington, DC 20011

Ward 6

Center City Public Charter School 1503 East Capital St. SE Washington, DC 20003

Ward 7

Kelly Miller Middle School 301 49th Street NE Washington, DC 20019

Ward 8

Achievement Prep Academy 908 Wahler Place, SE Washington, DC 20032


Francis C. Hammond Middle School

4646 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA 22304

How to apply

TO APPLY: Qualified individuals with disabilities, men, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in fully accessible settings. Visit Higher Achievement’s website (www.higherachievement.org) and click on “Work.” Interested applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and complete an online application.

For more information about Higher Achievement, visit www.higherachievement.org

Washington, District of Columbia
Higher Achievement's Summer Academy

317 8th St NE, Washington, DC, 20002, US