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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.

We are still screening teacher applications in all content areas for the 2016-17 school year, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We will soon transition to screening applications in high-need content areas only. 

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 speak directly to one of our recruiters, reach out to us at teach.dcps@dc.gov or call 202-299-2145.

Stay connected with the DCPS recruitment team by checking out our Recruitment Events and Webinar Calendar here!

 

"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.

LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice)

DCPS is one of the fastest improving urban school districts in America. In fact, over the past decade, we've nearly doubled the number of students who are proficient in reading and math. As a result of our progress, more and more families are choosing DCPS for their childen.

We’re making an unprecedented investment in our teachers. To help ensure that every child experiences outstanding instruction every single day in our district, next year, we’re launching a new professional learning program called LEAP (LEearning together to Advance our Practice).

We are helping teachers hone their crafts. At its core, LEAP is about creating content-specific professional learning communities (LEAP Teams) in our schools. Through LEAP, teachers will learn about and apply the latest Common Core instructional practices with their peers. They’ll also get weekly observations and feedback from content experts. In short, we’re aiming to make DCPS the best place in America to become an expert teacher.

Take the LEAP and join DCPS! If you love helping support teachers, come join us as a LEAP Team Leader. LEAP Teams will be led by educators who are experts in a particular content area. The team leaders can be a Teacher Leader (a teacher who teaches part-time and coaches part-time), an Instructional Coach (who coaches full-time), or an Assistant Principal (who coaches 75% of the time and supports other school-wide initiatives 25% of the time). See below for links to apply for each of these three positions; you'll specify your content area later.

Click here to apply to be a LEAP Teacher Leader.

Click here to apply to be a LEAP Instructional Coach.

Click here to apply to be a LEAP Assistant Principal.

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 emcdc.org.

 

TEACHER APPLICATION RESOURCES

 

EDUCATIONAL AIDE APPLICATION RESOURCES

 

SEARCHING FOR AN APPLICATION?

  • If you are interested in starting a teacher application for the 2016-2017 school year, please find it here 
  • If you are interested in starting a mid-year teacher application for the 2015-2016 school year, please find it here.

           Note that mid-year applications do not rollover for next year. 

  • If you are interested in starting a principal application, please find it here
  • All other school-based applications can be found here
  • School security guard applications can be found here
  • Bus driver and attendant positions can be found through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education here

INTERESTED IN STUDENT TEACHING IN ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS? Student teachers must first find and confirm with a principal and teacher willing to host them. Then, complete the fingerprinting process at our Central Office (1200 First Street, NE). Learn more about fingerprinting here

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT DCPS AND THE TEACHER APPLICATION PROCESS FROM THE RECRUITMENT TEAM? Watch our pre-recorded webinar here

INTERESTED IN OTHER SCHOOL-BASED POSITIONS? School-based, non-instructional positions (e.g., registrar, administrative aide, etc.) are handled on a school-by-school basis, and we do not have a centralized application for these positions. You would need to contact individual schools to inquire about openings in these areas. Please refer to our "School Profiles" page with more information and contact information on all of our schools. You can access that page here.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

  • Find additional information about fingerprinting and drug testing here
  • Find all licensure related questions here
  • Find answers to all fingerprinting questions here
  • Still want more about our Leadership Initiative for Teachers (LIFT)? Listen to our LIFT webinar here
  • Learn more about IMPACT here

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A NOVICE TEACHER CANDIDATE? Teachers with 0 or 1 year full-time experience will complete the track for novice teachers. Full-time teaching experience does not include student-teaching, collegiate-level teaching, apprenticeships, substitute-teaching, or time spent in other training programs. Counting these experiences as "full-time teaching experiences" may cause a delay or disqualification of your application. 

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER CANDIDATE? Teachers with two or more years of full-time teaching experience are considered experienced teachers and will complete the application track for experienced teachers. 

 

HOW CAN I UPLOAD ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS TO MY APPLICATION? To upload additional documents to your application, you will need to visit our website at dcps.force.com. Login with your email and password and upload these documents there; feel free to upload your documents where it asks for your resume, as these attachments all go to the same place. 

 

WHAT IS THE FINGERPRINTING PROCESS? At this time, it is a DC law that all candidates must be fingerprinted at our DCPS Fingerprinting Office, and we cannot accept fingerprinting clearances from other entities. Although we understand that this is difficult for out-of-state candidates, we encourage all candidates to come to our central offices as soon as possible to complete this process, as you will not be able to accept a position with DC Public Schools until your fingerprints have been cleared. Before coming to our office, complete the fingerprinting application online here
 

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO GET FINGERPRINTED? No. For fingerprinting, you will be seen on a first-come basis. 

 

WHERE IS THE FINGERPRINTING OFFICE? Fingerprints are completed, free of charge, at the DCPS Central Office. Please visit 1200 First Street, NE; 10th Floor to complete this process. 

 

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF FINGERPRINTING? 

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm

Friday: 8am - 3pm

 

WHAT IS THE DRUG TESTING PROCESS? All teacher candidates are required to complete the mandatory pre-employment drug test within 15 days of receipt of notice of testing requirement, and your clearance is valid for one year. Candidates who live in the Washington, DC area can schedule their drug testing appointment by visiting www.pervallmedical.com and clicking on the "Schedule Testing" option. You will only need to take photo identification with them to the testing location.  Also, there is no cost to candidates for the drug test. If you are unable to come to our Washington, DC drug testing center, please email dcps.mdat@dc.gov to receive a drug testing form so that you can complete your drug testing requirement at a local Quest Diagnostics.  Once you receive this form, you can take it to any Quest Diagnostics center to complete the drug testing, and they will share your results with us through the drug testing form.

If you have additional questions about the employee drug testing process, including your specific timeline, please email dcps.mdat@dc.gov or by clicking here.

“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 are still accepting teacher applications for the 2016-2017 School Year! Submit yours today!

At DC Public Schools, we are excited to launch our teacher application for the 2016-17 school year. This year, there are two application tracks for the teacher application. One track is for experienced teachers, and the other is for novice teachers.

Teachers with two or more years of full-time teaching experience with complete the application track for experienced teachers, and teachers with 0 or 1 year of full-time experience will complete the novice track. The processes for each group are outlined below:

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS

1. ONLINE APPLICATION. Answer general employment questions, select your certification area, upload a resume, and complete a one-way interview assessment. For additional information on the oral and written assessment, click here. Candidates in certain content areas will also need to complete a brief math assessment. Successful candidates will enter our recommended pool of teachers.

2. UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO (OPTIONAL).  Once you have moved to our recommended pool of candidates, we recommend that you submit a 20 – 30 minute audition video. While optional for all content areas except for World Languages, submitting the video will increase your visibility to school hiring managers and will provide top candidates with additional potential benefits, such as consideration for the prestigious Capital Commitment Fellowship.

3. CONNECT WITH SCHOOL LEADERS. If selected for our recommended pool, interview with principals and other school leaders for individual school vacancies.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NOVICE TEACHERS

1. ONLINE APPLICATION. Upload a resume and answer three short answer questions. You’ll hear back regarding the status of your application within 10 - 15 business days.

2. UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO.  After you submit your application and hear back from us, the next step is to show us your teaching in action and upload a 20 – 30 minute video of your teaching. For additional information, click here.

3. SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW. Individual candidates will have a 30-minute phone interview with a current DCPS teacher. Successful candidates will enter our recommended pool of teachers.

4. CONNECT WITH SCHOOL LEADERS. Interview with principals and other school leaders for individual school vacancies.

INTERESTED IN POSITIONS FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR?

We are still accepting Mid-Year teacher applications for the 2015-16SY. Click here to begin a teacher application for the current school year.

Please note: the selection process outlined above is subject to change. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the DCPS Teacher Recruitment and Selection team by email at teach.dcps@dc.gov

 

 
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