3000 Cathedral Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
2020 Program Dates
Staff Orientation: June 25, 26, 29, 30, 2020
Summer Program: July 1-August 7, 2020
Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) is an academic and enrichment program designed to help students from low-income families in the DC-area reach their full potential. HGW supports over 370 students from 1st grade through 9th grade with year-round programming and support.
Working in partnership with our families, sending schools, and host schools, HGW is committed to developing the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for self and others, encourage a lifelong interest in learning, and inspire a meaningful, choice-filled life. The program begins when a student enters 1st grade and extends until they enter 9th grade, allowing for a rewarding long-term relationship between a diverse set of learners and the nurturing staff who work with them every summer.
To learn more, please visit our website here.
Horizons Assistant Teachers (HATs) work with the Site Director, Program Director, and volunteers to develop and nurture a safe, respectful, challenging, and inclusive learning environment in which students have a strong sense of belonging and safety. HATs will assist the Lead Teacher in the classroom duties of teaching of 15-17 students during Horizons' six week summer enrichment program at Horizons Greater Washington.
Both paid and volunteer positions are available. HAT experiences can Course credit or service learning hours. Paid HATs must commit to working for the entire duration of the program while volunteer HATs can choose to work during either the first half or second half of the program. Paid and volunteer HATs are required to attend the week-long orientation prior to the start of the program (dates indicated above).
Horizons Assistant Teachers' areas of direct responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:
Attend a one-week orientation session prior to the start of the program
Help plan daily classroom schedule in collaboration with the Lead Teacher
Assist with instruction for the duration of the program
Supervise students during recess, lunchtime, arrival, dismissal, and field trips
Assist in swimming instruction as directed by the Water Safety Instructor and Swim Coordinator, which may include time in the water
Greet students and their family members before/after school and at special events throughout the program
Maintain classroom spaces, prepare materials for lessons, and conduct student observations, as instructed by the Lead Teacher
Work with small or large groups of students in all subjects
Read aloud to students
Provide short-term coverage for Lead Teachers as needed
Assist in evaluating program effectiveness through the use of surveys and observational
Meet regularly with Lead Teacher, Site Director, Program Director, and others as needed to accomplish goals and/or problem-solve as issues arise
The ideal candidate will be a flexible, collaborative, reliable, and mature self-starter who is willing to adapt to the needs of the overall program. Applicants must be ready to help implement strategies to engage students in active learning. In addition to possessing a strong commitment to Horizon's mission, this position requires planning, communication, and coordination skills.
A passion for working with young people in learning contexts, especially those designed to address disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes
Ability to learn from feedback and work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
Basic swimming proficiency and comfort being in the water
Eligibility to work in the District of Columbia or the State of Maryland
Experience working with youth, including tutoring or babysitting
An interest in pursuing a career in education
How to Apply
Please include an up-to-date copy of your resume and a brief cover letter that outlines your skills and experience as well as your summer availability. Additionally, please indicate (1) location preference and (2) grade preference.
Applicant interviews begin on January 15, 2020. Selected candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
Horizons Greater Washington