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YMCA of Greater Boston Assistant Teacher (Summer Learning Academy) in Boston, Massachusetts

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YMCA of Greater Boston

Summer Learning Academy – Assistant Teacher (Summer 2021)


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: BPS Summer Learning Academies serve as the primary academic summer offerings for BPS students, consisting of an array of high-quality academic and enrichment programs that provide services for targeted student populations in every grade level across the district. Children will participate in a morning filled with academic based activities, facilitated by a certified teacher. The afternoons will be composed of traditional summer camp enrichment activities and games.

Summer Learning Academy Locations:

· Mendell Elementary School (Roxbury)

· Mario Umana Academy (East Boston)

· YMCA Achievers (Egleston)

· Gardner Pilot Academy (Allston)

Summer Learning Academies aim to:

  • address unfinished learning from SY20-21 and increase academic achievement;

  • develop student socio-emotional skills and increase student efficacy by building skills and competencies - paying careful attention to any additional social-emotional needs created by the pandemic

  • strengthen the effectiveness of school-community partnerships; and

  • promote student health and wellness.

    REPORTS TO: Position reports to the YMCA Site Coordinator.


  • The program start date is Tuesday July 6, and will operate through Friday August 6. There will be at least one in person training/set up day prior to the start date that has yet to be scheduled. There will be a training day on June 11 as well, potentially virtual or hybrid model.

  • Program begins at 8am and ends at 5pm.

  • Assistant Teacher Staff should arrive no later than 7:45am, and will leave at 4:30pm.

  • Enrichment Staff should arrive at 12pm and will leave at 5pm

  • The staff will help support the other program staff and students as needed.


    Summer Learning Academy Assistant Teachers support Lead Teachers by providing an innovative, high quality education program designed to meet the needs of the student population in the program. Staff work with program staff to create an educational environment in which quality and continuity are key factors in educating students. Due to the short duration of summer programs and the critical need to boost student learning during this time, it is particularly important that Staff in summer programs:

  • Assist with preparation of cognitively-demanding lessons, assignments and enrichment activities

  • Support direct instruction to students individually, in small groups, and in classroom settings

  • Establish a productive learning environment and classroom culture in which all students are respected.

  • Provide assistance with summer learning program activities.

  • Understand and implement culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.

  • Assist teachers and site coordinator to ensure all outcome goals are on track to be met, including academic outcomes and social-emotional skill development outcomes.

  • Assist with classroom management; enforce discipline code.

  • Care for program materials and resources.

  • Perform other related duties as requested.


  • Assistant Teachers are to be paid between $13.50-$16.00 depending on experience

  • Position is seasonal, exempt from overtime

  • Total Compensation is set based on hours of work, including professional development, on-site program time, and additional duties. Professional development hours shall not exceed 24 hours.

  • Site-specific job requirements, program hours, and training schedule to be determined by Summer Learning Academy program. Agreement to site-specific terms is required for hire.

  • Payroll will be processed on a biweekly basis



  • High School Diploma or GED.

  • At least 48 credit hours of advanced coursework, or a college degree (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or other graduate work).

  • Experience with working with a diverse population of students, especially historically marginalized student groups

  • A fierce commitment to equity.

  • An understanding and commitment to the implementation of the district’s Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices (CLSP) framework.

  • Current authorization to work in the United States. Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment.


  • Current paraprofessional at a BPS school attended by students in this program.

  • Experience working in a BPS summer learning program.

    The Y values linguistic diversity and believes that candidates who speak another language bring added value to the classroom, school, and district culture and diversity. The Y is particularly interested in candidates who are fluent in one of BPS' official languages: Spanish, Creole (Cape Verdean), Creole (Haitian), Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, & Somali. *This is required for East Boston (Umana SLA)