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Working at E.L. Haynes: Benefits and Culture

We are a learning community where every student—of every race, socioeconomic status, home language, and ability—prepares to thrive in college, career, and life. Together, we create a more just and kind world. 

In partnership with our teachers and instructional staff, our operations and administrative teams, our wellness and student support staff, our families, and our neighbors, we provide a first-class education to every student, every day. We challenge our students with rigorous and relevant content in every classroom, and we anchor all of our work in trusting and loving relationships.

Founded in 2004, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School is named for Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics and a DCPS teacher for nearly 50 years. In 1966, while serving as President of the DC School Board, Dr. Haynes led the dismantling of the oppressive academic tracking system, replacing it with more equitable methods of assessment. Our talented staff continues her legacy by preparing every learner to be a leader in the classroom and in their communities. We proactively recruit, intentionally develop, and deeply value all members of our diverse and highly talented team. Our work environment fosters inclusion and authenticity, supporting all staff to thrive in their roles and maximize their impact on students. 

Employee Benefits Package

E.L. Haynes offers a variety of benefits designed to support and empower employees based on their personal goals and needs. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Parking and metro benefits;
  • Paid-Time Off and parental leave;
  • 403(b) Retirement account with 3% employer contribution;
  • Life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance;
  • Extensive professional development opportunities;
  • Employer-covered options for medical, dental, and vision insurance;
  • Staff preference for enrollment if you and your child reside in DC; and
  • Staff stipend for E.L. Haynes before- and after-care (Pre-K3 – 5th Grade only).

Teacher Supports and Perks

We support every member of our staff community to maximize their impact on student learning by providing the tools and support they need to do their best work. This includes a robust system of direct support as well as a competitive salary package. View our Teacher Salary Scale for more compensation information. Our collaborative team model is designed to ensure there is ample classroom staffing support, and we offer a variety of resources to teachers, including:

  • Classroom materials and tools, available for purchase in consultation with grade-level leads;
  • Direct support from Instructional Coaches and Assistant Principals;
  • Access to student performance data and help creating data-driven instructional strategies;
  • Opportunity to earn stipends for taking on additional responsibilities (e.g., advising a club, coaching, other special assignments); 
  • Access to robust Wellness and social work team supports, including help with Tier 2 and Tier 3 strategies for students;
  • Teacher lounges equipped with free snacks, coffee, filtered water, cutlery and plates, refrigerators, and microwaves; and
  • Budget to decorate their classroom in a way that reflects their values and instructional approach.

Supporting Teacher Sustainability Through Our School Year Model

This March, we released our first-ever three-year academic calendar. We designed a new three-year calendar to maximize student learning and growth while supporting staff sustainability and meeting the needs of our diverse family community. Starting next year, teachers will be further supported by our school calendar in the ways listed below.

  • Teacher planning and professional development time: Teachers will get every Wednesday afternoon to focus on planning, as well as seven professional development days throughout the school year, in addition to our week-long All-Staff Institute in August.
  • Regular breaks throughout the school year to rest and reflect: In addition to various three-day weekends and early dismissals, teachers will receive time off during an October Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, February Break, and Spring Break.
  • Extended summer break: We lengthened our summer break to create space for extended summer academic and enrichment programming for select students, and for teachers to rest, take on other summer opportunities, or travel. 

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you want to work, apply today!

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