Assistant Teacher - Summer 2018 (Montgomery County, MD)
Extraordinary talent, extraordinary impact
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is the largest evidence-based summer learning provider in the United States and a national leader in PK-8th grade out-of-school education. Founded in 1992, BELL closes the achievement gap in underserved communities through its partnerships with schools, school districts, and other youth-serving organizations to reach 15,000 students annually across the country.
BELL partners design and deploy holistic, scalable summer and afterschool learning experiences utilizing BELL's comprehensive, evidence-based out-of-school-time education solution. Refined and replicated for over 25 years, BELL-powered programs blend rigorous literacy and math instruction with hands-on enrichment, social, emotional development, and community engagement.
BELL strives to make a difference in the lives of children—called BELL scholars—along with their families and teachers. Standardized tests indicate that BELL scholars consistently gain the equivalent of two months of classroom instruction in literacy and three months in math skills during the summer program. BELL's summer programs help prevent summer slide, which reverses achievement gains students make during the school year. In addition to academic benefits, BELL scholars experience increases in self-confidence and expectations for the future.
Position Impact on the Organization Teacher Assistants will be responsible for working alongside the academic teacher to co-teach and lead courses in ELA and Math. The position is responsible for the overall instruction in ELA and math and student engagement and achievement. This position is integral to the overall academic quality of the program.
This role delivers high quality, engaging lessons to BELL’s scholars. Specific accountabilities include:
- Implement collaborative teaching strategies with academic teachers to a cluster of scholars
- Support the development and delivery of relevant, engaging, and rigorous lessons
- Ensure the academic and social development of scholars throughout the course of the program
- Serve as a role model for an assigned group of scholars
- Work with teachers to identify scholar needs and develop instructional plans and practices to best support scholars
- Monitor scholars’ educational and social progress and making necessary recommendations for adjustments
- Support classroom and behavior management consistently to develop a safe and productive learning environment
- Maintain attendance and supporting classroom procedures/functions
- Supervise scholars during classroom transitions and snack
- Assist in field trips and special events
- Academic skills – proficiency in elementary math and literacy
- Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback
- Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with diverse populations
- Desire to work with elementary scholars and their families in under-resourced communities
- Outstanding verbal, written, and technological (computer/internet) skills
- Ability to build relationships and influence scholars, staff, community members & families
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- Committed to the goals of the program and approach
- Love and respect for children
- Evidence of efficacy and willingness to be a team player
- Belief and commitment to BELL’s mission and values
- Experience working with school age children in an urban environment preferred
- High school diploma required
- Gain hands-on experience developing and implementing lessons with certified teachers
- Develop collaborative and co-teaching strategies
- Utilize data-driven and differentiated instructional techniques
- Deliver lessons with high-quality and rigorous curriculum
- Work with experienced staff in implementing positive discipline strategies
- Engage in best practices to support achievement in under-resourced communities
- Gain experience relationship building with scholars, staff professionals, and families
A minimum of 1 year classroom experience in an urban public school teaching elementary/middle school aged scholars. We seek qualified instructors with a passion for our scholars.
‘Oh the places you’ll go’ …
BELL is committed to creating amazing experiences for its employees—believing that an employee’s satisfaction directly reflects on their ability to make a difference in the lives of BELL Scholars and those who serve them. We endeavor to consistently and thoughtfully ensure every employee knows the expectations of his/her role, including how his/her successful performance impacts our mission, and the future growth and development opportunities available at BELL.
‘Oh the places you can go’ as together we fulfill our mission to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced communities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.