Teacher Resident (Talent Pool for 2020-2021 School Year)

Instructional Richmond, California



Middle School or Upper School


Richmond, CA

Reports To: 

Director of Teacher Residency Program

and Status:



Position Summary

The Teacher Residency Program prepares recent college graduates and career changers for a classroom teaching career within the Making Waves Academy (MWA) community, eventually becoming a fully certificated teacher. During the residency year, Teacher Residents will commit to a rigorous and supportive program that develops highly-effective teachers.  The year-long teacher residency is designed to help residents step into the classroom as certificated teachers ready to make an impact on student achievement.  


Key areas of focus for residents will be standards-aligned instructional planning, best-practice instructional teaching strategies, classroom management strategies, student engagement strategies, and strategies to build relationships and rapport with students and parents. Teacher Residents will also learn MWA’s broader foundational elements for effectively supporting our students – cultural competency, social-emotional learning, and growth mindset.  


The program uses a gradual release model that allows Teacher Residents to observe and co-teach before beginning their 16-week student teaching assignment. Teacher Residents will also perform some limited supervision duties as well attend some Saturday school activities. No previous teaching experience is needed.


Residents will begin the program July 2020, exact date TBD.

Primary Responsibilities


          Develop lesson plans, unit plans, and scope and sequence plans (that will be formally evaluated) that are aligned with SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, & Timely) learning objectives and content standards; deliver parts of and whole lessons to students along with practice lessons with your cohort

          Complete Gateway assignments after each gradual release cycle 

          Attend monthly Teacher Resident seminars

          Develop and practice classroom management plans

          Develop and practice developing effective, standards & skills-aligned formative and summative assessments

          Practice using various technology tools to help generate useful formative assessments in the  classroom in real-time

          Learn key elements of MWA’s social-emotional development framework to support effective and productive engagement with students and families

          Learn cultural competency skills through training and the use of cultural competency assessment tools

          Learn key elements of the content curriculum

          Take direction from the Director of Teacher Residency; assist with some campus supervision duties as assigned



          Communicate proactively and professionally with the Director of Teacher Residency, cohort members, MWA faculty and staff, students, and MWA stakeholders

          Successfully complete teacher credential coursework through an accredited college/university and remain in good standing





          Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities 

          Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school


          Communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families 

          Collaborate and be a positive team player with colleagues, parents and community members to affect the best outcomes for students 

          Commitment to learn and maintain fidelity to MWA instructional practices, norms, and protocols

          Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attending school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits



          Bachelor’s Degree by June 2020 required 

          Passing score on CBEST by June 2020

          Passing scores on all CSET subtest by June 2020



          Spanish language proficiency preferred, but not necessary

          Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of university coursework



To Apply 

Please send cover letter and resumé to apply@mwacademy.org. The resume and cover is required.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, though priority consideration will be given to candidates that apply early based on priority deadlines:


  • Nov. 1, 2019
  • Dec 6. 2019
  • Jan 10, 2020
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • Mar 30, 2020
  • Apr 10, 2020
  • May 1st, 2020
  • Applications received after May 1st will be evaluated on a rolling basis.


Making Waves Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Updated: 11/13/19