This application is for all teaching positions as well as all school counseling positions within the School District of Philadelphia for the 2018-19 school year, regardless of grade, content area, or school.
Please read the following guidelines to support you through the application process:
1) Before you submit an application, please visit our Hiring Documents page to see what clearances and paperwork are required at the time of hire. Background clearances are required at the time of hire but are not a prerequisite to complete the application.
2) The SearchSoft application system works best in the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers.
3) For your application to be considered complete, you must submit all of the following:
Make sure you check off "Teacher" in Applicant type for both Teachers and School Counselors.
Cover Letter: your cover letter will be typed directly into the application, so we suggest writing it first in a Word document; the portal provides specific instructions on how to copy/paste the letter without formatting issues.
Resume: please ensure it is in PDF form.
References: We require a minimum of two.
Lesson Plan: You must submit a lesson plan that corresponds to the position for which you are applying (e.g. if you are applying for a middle years math position, you should submit a lesson plan for a 7th or 8th grade math classroom). **Please be advised that if you are an Art/Music teacher candidate, or a Counselor candidate, you must complete additional selection steps with the Offices of Arts, Music Education, or Prevention and Intervention before becoming eligible for a teaching position and obtaining a placement.**
Exercise Samples: You will answer these questions in the application portal; there is no time limit, but we recommend you save often; once you submit your responses, they are considered final and cannot be edited or updated.
Speech/Vision/Hearing Teachers: For the Exercise Sample section, please mark N/A in the boxes.
Transcripts and clearances are not required for initial application review, but are required before we can approve a candidate for hire.
A teacher or counselor with the School District of Philadelphia plans and teaches their subject area, following the scope and sequence for all courses; provides instruction to students in a variety of planned courses; provides the use of real life applications and simulations to instruct students in the analysis and interpretation of material being presented; instructs the use of tools, materials, processes and applications of technology, including pertinent software applications, in the development of lessons; and uses formal and informal classroom and district assessments.
Assesses the skill level of students and aligns classroom goals and activities to established state and local standards.
Provides instruction in respective subject area.
Provides students with instruction emphasizing real life applications and simulations.
Teaches inquiry techniques that encourage experimentation and alternative approaches to problem solving.
Provides technical expertise in the use of tools, materials, processes and applications of technology, including pertinent software applications.
Provides students with learning experiences requiring them to demonstrate comprehension of concepts and the ability to use technological resources in developing solutions to problems.
Provides instruction that encourages students to use learned skills as tools for inquiry-based learning.
Creates a classroom environment in which students have access to subject-related materials that address their needs and interests.
Collaborates with staff members within and across disciplines to integrate subject-specific skills across the curriculum.
Keeps abreast of the latest developments and improvements in education as it affects the instructional program; attends faculty meetings to discuss school problems and teaching methods.
Maintains classroom discipline.
Maintains attendance, grade and other required records.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate in respective grade level, and endorsements in respective subject area. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of:
the principles, practices and methods of grade level education.
the contents, materials, methodologies and practices utilized within education at the respective grade level.
critical thinking methodologies and problem solving techniques.
the theories and principles of child growth and development.
state standards and performance levels.
the use and application of technological innovations, including pertinent software, in the development of solutions to learning problems.
authentic performance assessment principles.
Demonstrated ability to:
assess students’ needs and learning styles and to design appropriate differentiated instruction to meet their needs.
use and apply simulations and technological innovations in the classroom in pursuit of instructional strategies.
facilitate inquiry-based learning as well as whole class, small group and individual instruction, driven by student needs.
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, administrators, supportive staff, parents, and students.
Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
As you are working on your application, you can work on, save, and go back to your cover letter and the application itself. For your application to be considered complete, you must submit all of the above. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered during the selection process.