Classroom Observer

Job Type

Part Time




District of Columbia
United States


Classroom Observer

About Turnaround for Children

Too many students are behind in school and too many schools don't know what to do about it. Science is key to understanding the problem and key to the solution. 

By studying the impact of adversity on the developing brain, Turnaround for Children is on to something big. It is connecting the dots between poverty, stress and academic performance. Turnaround translates the science that explains the impact of stress on learning and behavior into tools and strategies that teachers and administrators can use to cultivate a safe environment, reduce stress, increase engagement in learning and accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement. 

Turnaround acts as a catalyst for change by raising awareness about and addressing the challenges that affect any school facing adversity, particularly those in high-poverty communities. Over the past 15 years, the non-profit has grown from an idea into an organization with a $15.2 million annual operating budget and over 50 employees. Currently, Turnaround partners with 13 schools in New York City and Washington, D.C. serving more than 5000 students and 600 teachers. Turnaround is also expanding its reach via partnerships with KIPP D.C. and District of Columbia Public Schools by providing hands-on professional support, coaching and training sessions to leadership teams and educators.


This position is based in the Washington D.C. area.



This is a non-exempt level position that is eligible for overtime.

About the Position

The Organizational Learning and Impact (OLI) department is seeking classroom observers to visit schools in Washington D.C. area to conduct systematic observations of teachers’ classrooms. Observers will receive training in a widely-used observation protocol, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), as well as an internal observation tool. Observers will be required to use both protocols to observe classrooms and collect data in various schools settings. Observers will be paid for each cycle of 15-20 minute observation that they complete and submit. Observations will occur periodically throughout the school year, with most observations occurring in October, January/February and April/May.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Site visits consisting of classroom observations in grades K-8 (multiple subjects) using CLASS and the new internal protocol for data collection
  • Submit data (e.g. scores and anecdotal notes) on all observations
  • Conduct 5-6 hours of observations at local schools (10-12 individual cycles of observation) per day, availability over several days
  • Must be available for mandatory training sessions


Essential Qualifications & Experience:

  • Ability to work some or all hours during the school day (8:00a.m.-3:00p.m.), at least two days a week, or 10 hours per week during months of observation (October, January/February, April/May)
  • Travel to local schools via personal vehicle or mass transit is required to reach school sites
  • Must pass a background check administered by the Washington, D.C. Department of Education
  • Washington, D.C. also requires additional TB testing
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social services or related fields of study preferred; students working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are encouraged to apply
  • Experience in classrooms as teacher or observer preferred
  • Experience in quantitative or qualitative data collection preferred
  • Experience working with school administrative and teaching staff
  • Experience conducting classroom observations or administering assessments in school settings
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organization skills, attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively with a diverse population
  • Ability to use and troubleshoot with technology (Microsoft excel, survey monkey, etc.)
  • Must have access to a computer with internet connection
  • Certification in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) for K-3, Upper Elementary, and/or Secondary is preferred
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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All applicants should visit our careers page to apply and must submit a resume together with an in-depth cover letter outlining the ways in which their skills and experience align with our specific needs. 

Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation is competitive based on background and experience and includes excellent benefits. Turnaround for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot be used as a basis for an employment decision.