Teacher Resident

Instructional Richmond, California




Job Description

Title:Teacher Resident

Division:Middle School

Location: Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to: Senior Director of Academic Instruction

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt (During the Academic Year)


Position Summary

The role of the Teacher Residency Program is to prepare recent college graduates and career changers for a classroom teaching career within the Making Waves Academy (MWA) community, eventually becoming fully certificated teachers. 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 instruction in and out of their content area and co-teaching within their assignment 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.


Primary Responsibilities


Instructional Development

  • 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.
  • Develop and practice classroom management plans.
  • Develop and   practice developing effective, standards and skills-aligned with formative and   summative assessments.
  • Practice using various technology tools to help generate useful formative assessments in the classroom in real-time.


Communication and Frameworks

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


Assessment and Credential Coursework

  • Complete Gateway assignments after each gradual release cycle.
  • Successfully complete teacher credential coursework through an accredited college/university and remain in good standing.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Making Waves Academy’s mission, core values, standards, competencies, and code of conduct outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Participate in the school community – attending school competitions, performances, assemblies, and extracurricular activities.



  • Attend monthly Teacher Resident seminars.
  • Take direction from the Director of Teacher Residency; assist with some campus supervision duties as assigned.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit for long periods of time.







  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school



  • Capacity to collaborate and be a positive team player with colleagues, parents and community members to affect the best outcomes for students
  • Ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Ability to learn and maintain fidelity to MWA instructional practices, norms, and protocols
  • Ability to adapt and align on school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Ability to uphold and reinforce school policies  and  procedures  when addressing students and families
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environments with limited supervision
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, if applicable)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude



  • Bachelor’s Degree by June 2022
  • Passing score on CBEST by June 2022
  • Passing scores on all CSET subtest by June 2022



  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of university coursework
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required








Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy extends to all job applicants and employees and to all aspects of the employment relationship, including the hiring of new employees and the training, transfer, promotion, discipline, termination, compensation and benefits of existing employees. For a full copy of our non-discrimination policy, visit: https://bit.ly/mwapublicnotices