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Elementary School Art Teacher (2018-2019)
DREAM Charter School


DREAM Charter School is a part of DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI). DREAM serves over 1,700 East Harlem and South Bronx 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. DREAM 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

–       Create and implement a year-long plan and individual unit plans for art instruction;

–       Coordinate cultural events including field trips to enhance classroom instruction;

–       Facilitate the ordering of all art supplies;

–       Create assessments that will successfully measure artistic progress;

–       Align content with classroom curriculum

–       Expose scholars to multiple art mediums

–       Serve as content-matter expert for school in given subject;

–       Assume responsibility for artistic participation and effort within classroom;

–       Abide by school-wide protocols for documenting all syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, etc.;

–       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

–       Incorporate art within the school and community through murals, artistic displays in the classrooms, etc.

–       Flexible mindset and generative thinker

–       Create systems for students 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


    Bachelor’s degree required;

    Master’s degree or higher preferred;

    Appropriate New York State certification in subject area preferred;

    At least three years of Art teaching experience strongly 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.

Join our DREAM Team:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@dreamschoolnyc.orgPlease put “Art Teacher” in the subject line and please let us know how you heard of this opportunity. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Our Promise to DREAM Students

·      High expectations for all students

  • Individualized attention – two teachers in every classroom
  • 12-month school year, including six-week summer program (all teachers have a standard summer break)
  • Extended school day
  • Focus on physical education, nutrition and health
  • Arts, music and dance for all students

Our Promise to DREAM Teachers

·      High-quality professional development and support

o  Individualized coaching, weekly trainings and regular feedback

o  Weekly grade team meetings to analyze data, plan instruction, and share best practices

·      Collaborative environment with caring, dedicated and driven colleagues

o  Co-teaching in every classroom

o  Colleagues who are continuously working together to improve their practice

o  Supportive, accessible leadership team

·      Data driven organization

o  Systems, practices and beliefs that drive student achievement

For more information, visit DREAM Charter School on the web at


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