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Program Instructor, Healthy Start

At Martha’s Table, we believe in the power of community – a strong community.  For over 35 years, we have offered a continuum of support — through which we offer access to healthy food and quality education — in order to strengthen the lives of children and their families, and build stronger, healthier communities.  

Through our Healthy Start program, we provide nationally accredited, high-quality early education and out of school time programming and the health and life supports to ensure a great start for children from 3 months to 13 years of age.  At Martha’s Table, we’re redefining quality.  We know that children need high-quality, accessible early education that employs a comprehensive approach and engages parents in the learning process.  And in the last year, we’ve made key investments in our Healthy Start program in order to increase our instructional quality:

  • We’ve established a partnership with education consultants from the AppleTree Institute to sharpen our infant and toddler curriculum and our teaching strategies;
  • We’ve enlisted a bilingual Home Visiting Specialist, who leads parent-child interactive activities at our families’ homes;
  • We’ve required that every teacher attend on-site professional development training led by early childhood experts each month;
  • We've added an academic coach and literacy coach to our staff to provide continuous ongoing instructional support and guidance to our teachers in the classroom; and
  • Our Healthy Start Director provides weekly professional development sessions to all of our Healthy Start teachers in order to strengthen teacher knowledge and expertise in early childhood and youth development theory, research and practice to enhance each teacher's ability to implement effective instructional practices.

With rising literacy and classroom quality scores, we’re on the path to ensuring excellence in every classroom and equipping each of our students with a healthy start. 

 Join us!

This position reports directly to the Director of Healthy Start.  The Program Instructor is responsible for developing and implementing age and or grade specific services including, but not limited to writing and implementing daily/weekly lesson plans (with an emphasis on literacy development); developing and implementing project based learning activities; documenting student progress in qualitative and quantitative formats; assuring a safe and structured classroom environment; and parent meetings/engagement/communications and other services related to providing quality services to elementary and middle school students and their families.  The Program Instructor must perform all other duties as prescribed in the DCMR-29, NAEYC, and DC Standards of Learning.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leading grade-level specific school instruction, including after-school instruction, for a classroom of students. The emphasis of the instruction will center on developing and implementing literacy activities such as guided reading and centers to teach students key literacy skills.  Also having an ability to identify and measure various literacy competencies that can be highlighted through out-of-school enrichment activities.
  • Ensuring the safety and structure for groups of school-age students.  This is achieved through effective class management where students are held accountable for their behaviors, positive group norms are agreed upon with positive behaviors encouraged and celebrated and discipline is an educational tool instead of a merely punitive measure.  This is achieved by daily schedules being in place, activities well planned and prepared ahead of time.
  • Designing activities and workshops for groups of students that will engage them in “learning by doing.”  This is achieved by ensuring that activities and workshops have a youth development focus at its core so there must be an understanding of the “identity” and “ability” youth development outcomes.  The activities and workshops developed must include measures to assess the success of the student participants and result in the presentation of a tangible product.
  • Communicating with parents and other stakeholders. This is achieved by establishing and maintaining a system of communication that informs them of the classroom activities and the particular child’s progression in the program.  This will also include maintaining a form of case management for the students.
  • Engaging students in physical and recreational activity.
  • Supporting students with individual needs.
  • Completing administrative tasks relating to the instructional program in a timely fashion.
  • Building strong relationships with the student’s school as a method of ensuring academic progression and highlighting points where activities can be partially informed by student progress and assignments.
  • Supporting with meals, transportation, and student supervision to ensure the smooth running of the program.
  • Plan and implement experiential learning activities such as field trips.
  • Building productive relationships with the student’s school as a method of ensuring academic progression and highlighting points where after-school activities can be partially informed by student progress and assignments.
  • Responsible for performing other duties, as assigned

Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, preferred.

Special Training/Experience:

  • 2-3 years of academic and enrichment experience including workshop development and implementation
  • Ability to partner with families in support of a child’s growth and development
  • Understanding of Youth Development Outcomes and how they inform programming
  • Experience in literacy instruction (guided reading and center creation preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to stay informed about new developments in best practice and research relating to after school and out of school time learning
  • Experience in gathering qualitative and quantitative data that informs and shapes programming and reports student progress to various stake holders
  • Proficiency in multiple software applications including most Microsoft Office products
  • Knowledge of OSSE, COA and CYITC licensing and programming requirements
  • Commitment to Martha’s Table’s mission

Licensure/Clearances/Certifications: Meet the licensing requirements pertaining to CPR, first aid and universal precaution requirements, including drug, alcohol and background checks and clearances.

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