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Secondary Capital Teaching Resident (5th-12th grade)

Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission. 

The Capital Teaching Residency is a nationally recognized, highly selective teacher training program that provides a pathway for new teachers to develop into outstanding educators. The Capital Teaching Residency is a cornerstone program of KIPP DC. KIPP DC schools educate and support students in the District of Columbia who have historically had limited access to high quality educational options. Equipped with a KIPP DC education, our alumni are empowered to be successful in college, careers, and life. As a Capital Teaching Resident, you play an active role in our mission.

Job Description

The Capital Teaching Residency is a three year program. Residents spend their first year of this commitment - their residency year - training in a KIPP DC classroom with a lead teacher and completing relevant coursework. Secondary residents work in grades 5-8 (middle school) or 9-12 (high school) in Math, Science, English Language Arts, or Social Studies classrooms. Through our gradual release model, residents are set up for success by becoming an integral part of their school community and gaining more responsibility in their classroom over time. Secondary residents will join the Relay Graduate School of Education (GSE). After successfully completing Relay coursework and passing required certification exams over Year 1 and Year 2, residents will obtain their Washington, DC teacher licensure and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. 
At the end of the residency year, residents who have completed all program requirements are invited to interview for lead teacher positions at KIPP DC or one of our partner public charter schools in the District. These residents commit to two additional years of teaching beyond their residency year.
Key Responsibilities: 
  • Following a gradual release model, take on increasingly more and different classroom responsibilities throughout the school year as determined by classroom need and resident performance
  • Internalize and teach developmentally-appropriate lesson plans to support student learning
  • Gather resources and prepare materials to ensure strong student engagement in lessons
  • Track, analyze, and use data to drive teaching and instruction
  • Implement school-wide student culture policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
  • Conduct purposeful observations of lead and other excellent teachers
  • Participate in regular meetings with lead teacher and school coach, grade level meetings, and network wide professional development
  • Participate in and implement feedback from observations, evaluations, and feedback meetings with school leaders, the Relay GSE team, and the Capital Teaching Residency team
  • Teach in grades 5-8 (middle school) and 9-12 (high school) in Math, Science, English Language Arts or Social Studies classrooms
  • Mandatory participation in the Relay GSE’s two-year Relay Teaching Residency program. After successfully completing Relay coursework and passing required certification exams over Year 1 and Year 2, residents will obtain their Washington, DC teacher licensure and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. 
  • In Year 1, attend Relay GSE classes 2 nights per week and complete all applicable coursework. These classes will be held in the evenings, after school hours. 
  •  In Year 2, attend Relay GSE classes 1 night per week and complete all applicable coursework. This class will be held in the evening, after school hours. 
  • Prepare for, take, and pass three Praxis certification exams over Year 1 and Year 2, as required for Washington, DC teacher licensure.
  • Take on additional responsibilities throughout the school as needed


  • A belief that all students have the right to a high quality education
  • A belief that educators play an integral role in students’ success
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families
  • Successful track record of collaboratively working and building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Receives and reflects on feedback, while demonstrating an eagerness to grow
  • Shows initiative in generating ideas and solutions; solves problems and achieves results beyond what is expected
  • Quickly and positively accepts and adapts to new responsibilities
  • Excellent time management skills and a detail- and results-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the job done 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by June 2021
  • Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (2.75 required); For math and science applicants: Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or a significant coursework in science or math

Additional Information

  • Residents are provided a competitive salary and benefits through the schools by which they are employed.
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurances.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years. 
  • Residents are supported with on-the-job professional development, a laptop computer for work, and a cell phone stipend. 
  • Residents are eligible for graduate school and licensure discounts as outlined in this job description.  
How to Apply:
Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit For questions or issues with your application, please contact
KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law. 
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