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At DCPS, your impact starts in your classroom – but doesn't end there. Together, our team of passionate educators is defying expectations about what DC's students can achieve and changing the path of public education.

JOIN THE NATION'S BEST TEACHERS – AND BECOME EVEN BETTER. We’re looking for dynamic teachers who insist on excellence and are passionate about honing their craft. At DCPS, you’ll get the feedback you need to do your best work, colleagues who share your high standards, and opportunities to lead without leaving the classroom.

WE PAY OUR TEACHERS LIKE PROFESSIONALS AND CELEBRATE THEM LIKE ROCKSTARS. Top teachers can earn up to $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year and win awards of up to $10,000 for classroom excellence. Every year, we recognize the very best with an annual Standing Ovation gala at the Kennedy Center.

WE'RE MAKING HISTORY. We’re setting an ambitious standard for great teaching and making it a reality across the district. With your help, we’ll transform education for our 46,000 students and become the first urban district to close the gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

JOIN US. We accept applications in all subjects and grade levels. We are particularly interested in candidates with a track record of success in the classroom. Watch our video about teaching in DCPS, view our deadlines and start your application today.

To hear about our progress from the perspective of DCPS teachers, visit our blog.

Interested in talking to a DCPS representative? Check out our recruitment schedule.


"I think I would have been lost without my instructional coach. The first day she came up to me and said, 'Hi. I know you are a first year teacher and I just wanted to let you know that I am here to support you.'"

–Vivian Secaida, Dual Language Teacher at Oyster Adams Bilingual School

There's nothing DCPS takes more seriously than helping teachers reach their professional peak. Here's how we help teachers grow:

A GROUNDBREAKING TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM (IMPACT). At DCPS, you'll finally have real conversations about teaching that help you get better every day. IMPACT sets a high bar for great instruction, gives all teachers a clear understanding of how they can grow, and provides useful feedback that helps them do their best work. Watch the video on IMPACT.

INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Forget one-size-fits-all. In DCPS, professional development happens on the job with coaching from instructional experts. Teachers can also access a rich set of tools tailored to their needs and put those tools to work directly in their classrooms. Watch Reality PD, a video library of excellent instruction, or browse online resource collections aligned to DCPS's teaching standards. Watch the video on professional development.

AN UNPRECEDENTED TEACHER CAREER LADDER. Through the Leadership Initiative For Teachers (LIFT), great teachers can extend their reach – for example, leading subject area meet-up groups and shaping district decisions – without leaving the classroom. Watch the video on LIFT.


"Teachers have the opportunity to make more than $130,000 a year. It's not that money should drive this work, but it most certainly makes me feel respected as an educator that somebody recognizes the work I do is just as important as a lawyer or doctor."

–Camia Hoard, master educator and 15-year veteran teacher

At DCPS, you don't have to choose between doing what you love and making a great living. We believe teachers are highly skilled professionals and should be compensated accordingly.

Our progressive salary scale is the first in the nation to reward excellence in a real way. Top teachers can earn up to $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year and win awards of up to $10,000 for classroom excellence.

Simply put, great teachers can earn more in DCPS than in any other district.

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"What happens in DC Public Schools has national implications."

–Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

No traditional public school district in the nation has closed the achievement gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

Individual schools have done it. Some charter school networks have done it. But DCPS is going to be the first large urban school system to do it.

Today, we're at the cutting edge of education reform, doing the work that most districts are just talking about.

It all starts with a simple idea: make great teaching the priority. We can't control whether students come to school hungry or what other challenges they face outside of school. But for eight hours each day we can give every student the chance to learn from an excellent teacher – and defy expectations about what our students are able to achieve.

Every student can excel academically. We're on a mission to show that traditional public school districts – where 95 percent of our nation's students are educated – can succeed at the very highest levels. You can help make it happen.

Capital Commitment Fellowship

The Capital Commitment Fellowship (CCF) is a selective cohort of experienced educators who are motivated to continue their teaching careers in a high-needs classroom within DCPS. Our Capital Commitment Fellows are individuals who have taught for at least two years and have demonstrated a track record of success with students. Fellows will enter the district as Advanced on LIFT, have quarterly meetings with district leadership, and be eligible for additional leadership opportunities.

To apply, complete our online teacher application. Individuals interested in the Capital Commitment Fellowship are encouraged to submit supplemental application materials with their initial application.

EMPOWERING MALES OF COLOR in DCPS is an aligned effort by the District of Columbia Public Schools to identify and assess current challenges and successes of PK – 12 Black and Latino males. We will collaborate with the community, as well as school & district leaders to implement effective strategies to enhance the student experience, increase achievement, and prepare our males of color for college, careers, and life beyond DCPS. 

Over the next three years, DCPS will dedicate $20 million to help our young men of color:

  • Increase in seat attendance
  • Increase enrollment in Advanced Placement courses
  • Improve graduation rates
  • Increase student satisfaction
  • Increase college acceptance and persistence; and
  • Prepare students for high-wage, high-growth careers.

ENGAGE our students, families, and the community in solutions that ensure the long-term success of our males of color.

  • MENTORS: Partner with Community-Based Organizations to provide literacy support and mentorship to males of color.
  • Launch a Student Task Force to ensure that the student voice is informing our work.
  • Establish a College Signing Day
  • Celebrate Successful Career Training
  • Collaborate with other District Government Agencies

IMPROVE and expand research-based strategies that are already underway within the district – with an emphasis on equity.

  • GRANTS: Award Funds to Schools with Promising Approaches to Improving Outcomes
  • Launch a Teacher Recruitment Task Force
  • Expand Alternatives to Suspensions
  • Expand Support for the 9th Grade Academies
  • Ensure that School Libraries and Classrooms Celebrate and Affirm Males of Color

INNOVATE  and challenge our approach to problems and reflect on policies that have consistently made an impact on the academic achievement and development of our males of color.

  • HIGH SCHOOL: Open a high School designed to support the academic and social-emotional development of male students
  • Invest in Early Childhood through the “Make Early Learning, Effective Learning Initiative”

To find out more about the Empowering Males of Color initiative, please visit

“I was very impressed with the hiring process. This was the first time that a school system had ever asked me to demonstrate my skills as a teacher.”

– Frank Medley, Spanish Teacher at Whittier Education Campus

We take teacher hiring seriously, and we do it thoughtfully. With our teacher application process, teachers first apply to the district, and then have the opportunity to meet with principals and hiring teams at specific schools. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

We are still accepting mid-year applications for school year 2015-16 in all subject areas and grade levels. However, since the school year is underway, we are only screening applications on an as-needed basis. This means our response time may be longer than normal. 


1. ONLINE APPLICATION. Upload a resume and answer three short answer questions. You’ll hear back regarding the status of your application within 15 or more business days. To preview our short answer questions, click here.

2. INTERVIEW WITH SCHOOL LEADERS. Interview with principals and other school leaders for individual school vacancies. School leaders may also have you complete other school-based selection activities, like conducting a demonstration lesson. 

Please note: the selection process outlined above is subject to change. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact DCPS Careers by email at



meet our teachers

Keelan Purcell

Sixth Grade Earth Science Teacher
Deal Middle School

Frank Medley

Spanish Teacher
Whittier Education Campus

Hope Harrod

Fifth Grade Teacher
Burroughs Education Campus