Elementary Teacher

| July 22, 2014

Job description

DREAM Charter School, a rigorous, K-8 public charter school in East Harlem, is seeking dynamic and engaging educators to serve as Elementary General and Special Education Teachers. DREAM Charter School’s mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship.

DREAM is part of the Harlem RBI family. Harlem RBI serves over 1,500 East Harlem youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth ages 5-22 years in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time. Harlem RBI was recently recognized as one of the Best 50 Non-Profits to Work For in the country by The Nonprofit Times.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Teaching and Planning

  • Implement a new common core aligned curriculum through backwards planning;
  • Implement assessments that will successfully measure academic progress;
  • Assume responsibility for academic progress within classroom;
  • Abide by school-wide protocols for documenting all syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, etc.;
  • Analyze assessment data and daily data including exit ticket and Do Now to best inform instruction;
  • Revise curriculum and teaching methods based on measurable data.

Management Responsibilities

  • Set and maintain high expectations for 100% of the scholars, 100% of the time (including tracking, vertical hand-raising, and sitting up at all times);
  • Work with Social Work team to create individual behavior plans for select students;
  • Abide by school-wide practices for behavior management and individual behavior plans;
  • Take ownership over the classroom management with the mentality of “How can I improve my implementation of our systems, while always assuming the best in my scholars?”

School Culture Responsibilities

  • Work with your grade team to analyze data, revise practices, norm on team-wide initiatives, and discuss individual scholars with a solutions-oriented mindset;
  • Create systems for exceptional effort and growth, both academically and behaviorally;
  • Regularly communicate scholars’ progress towards goals with families;
  • Attend and be an active participant in all professional development (school-wide or team-based) opportunities;
  • Take part in weekly one-on-one feedback meetings with Academic Dean to discuss observation feedback, role-play pedagogical strategies, analyze data and/or refine curriculum map.


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Master’s degree or higher preferred;
  • Appropriate New York State certification in subject area preferred;
  • At least two years of experience working with youth preferred;
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families and community;
  • A commitment to working with diverse populations of families and students, including those at risk of educational failure;
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.


DREAM salary is highly competitive with the New York City Department of Education and other charter schools, and is based on experience and qualifications. All DREAM teachers receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement account, life insurance and access to social services through our Employee Assistance Program.

How to apply

Join our DREAM Team:

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@dreamschoolnyc.org. Please put “Elementary School Teacher” or “Elementary Special Education Teacher” in the subject line and let us know how you heard of this opportunity. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Your cover letter should respond to the following question: DREAM believes in holding all of their scholars to high expectations at all times. Describe how you have held your students to high expectations in the past. Please use as many specific examples as possible.