Teaching Associate

Classroom Teaching Associate, Citizens of the World-Mar Vista

The mission of Citizens of the World Charter Schools Los Angeles (CWCLA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students in the heart of Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each individual student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world in which we live.  CWCLA is includes three high-performing, community-based elementary schools: CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010); CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012); and CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013). In the Fall of 2016, across all three of our campuses, we will enroll over 1,400 students in grades TK- 5.

Our Schools

  • Prepare students to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future
  • Promote academic rigor and experiential learning to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity
  • Embrace a constructivist, project-based learning approach
  • Develop each child’s potential to live as a learner, both in school and out
  • Reflect, welcome and celebrate the community’s diversity
  • Strengthen the bonds among members of the school community and beyond

Our Core Values

  • Excellence We demand lasting quality.
  • Diversity We are better and stronger because of our differences.
  • Authenticity We are our true selves in this work, and we are candid.
  • Community We care deeply about people.  We share and build partnerships.  We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times.
  • Change We welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new.  We adapt to meet the ever-changing times.  We find new ways.

The Teaching Associate is an experienced and innovative elementary school educator who is energized by our unique charter school environment. Teaching Associates will be expected to implement a high-quality, rigorous and engaging academic program. In addition, Teaching Associates must have a passion for and interest in pedagogical practices grounded in constructivism, project-based learning and the multiple intelligences theory.


  • Ongoing assessment of student progress and achievement using a variety of means to collect and report on academic data
  • Use of data to tailor instruction to meet individual student academic and social needs

Support the creation of a strong classroom culture that is developed through CWC’s social emotional learning focus, and contributes to the broader school community

  • Participation in professional development activities, both internal (led by the principal, lead teachers and visiting experts) and external (visiting other schools, attending conferences, and engaging in best practice sharing with others in the charter school community, etc.) 
  • As coordinated and led by the Lead Teacher, maintain frequent communication and engagement with students’ families, colleagues, and other school stakeholders
  • Participate as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
  • Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community.

Staff and reporting relationships

The teaching associate will report to the Principal and Assistant Principal of the School. S/he will collaborate with and be mentored by the classroom teacher, and other leaders in the school.


The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Experience teaching in relevant elementary grades, or other high-quality educational settings
  • Experience working in a socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse classroom setting.
  • Ability to effectively manage and instruct both small and large groups of students
  • An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring classroom environment where instructional time includes community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change 
  • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish) is preferred. 

Candidates must also have, or show progress toward acquiring:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and California multiple subject credential
  • Successful completion of CBEST exam (required if occasional substitute teaching for a Lead Teachers occurs), or demonstrated progress toward 


  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude 
  • Personally invested in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation of the culture
  • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
  • Strong communicator in verbally and in writing, and able to do so to a diverse audience.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs
  • Excitement about learning and implementing new teaching methods and effective practices that are aligned to the CWC model and positively impact student achievement

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Jobs Application.  In your letter please include:

  1. A description of your experience/accomplishment working with youth
  2. Why you are interested in working at CWCMV
  3. Your short, medium, and long-term professional plans/aspirations

Email any questions to jobs@cwcmarvista.org with "Teaching Assistant Application" in the email subject line.  

No phone calls please.