Demonstration Teacher Eligibility Application

The School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Date Posted May 04, 2024
Industry K-12: Public Schools
Certification Needed Yes
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified


Job Summary

A teacher in the School District of Philadelphia plans and teaches their subject area, following the scope and sequence for all courses; provides instruction to students in the analysis and interpretation of material being presented; instructs the use of tools, materials, processes, and applications of technology, including pertinent software applications, in the development of lessons; and uses formal and informal classroom and district assessments.

Demonstration Teachers are unique educators.  They utilize the most current educational techniques and instructional media, which contribute to effective practices in their specific area(s).  They are observed at times by personnel from within the School District of Philadelphia, as well as visitors from other areas and institutions, both national and international.

There are two Demonstration Schools: 

  1. John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School/Middle School
  2. Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School

This application is for both external candidates and internal teachers who want to be considered for a Demonstration Teacher role at Hancock and/or Masterman.

Essential Functions

  • Assess the skill level of students and aligns classroom goals and activities to established state and local standards;
  • Provides instruction in respective subject area;
  • Provides students with instruction emphasizing real life applications and simulations;
  • Teaches inquiry techniques that encourage experimentation and alternative approaches to problem solving;
  • Provides technical expertise in the use of tools, materials, processes and applications of technology, including pertinent software applications;
  • Provides students with learning experiences requiring them to demonstrate comprehension of concepts and the ability to use technological resources in developing solutions to problems;
  • Provides instruction that encourages students to use learned skills as tools for inquiry-based learning;
  • Creates a classroom environment in which students have access to subject-specific skills across the curriculum;
  • Keeps abreast of the latest developments and improvements in education as it affects the instructional program;
  • Attends faculty meetings to discuss school problems and teaching methods;
  • Maintains classroom discipline;
  • Maintains attendance, grades, and other required records.




Minimum Requirements

For Demonstration Teachers:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Three (3) years of full-time, paid, post-Baccalaureate experience as a teacher;
  • *Certificates/Licenses - valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate in respective grade level, and endorsements in respective subject area

*Note: Certification must match the grade levels you are supporting


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices, and methods of grade level education;
  • subject specific expertise;
  • the contents, materials, methodologies, and practices utilized within education at the respective grade level;
  • critical thinking methodologies and problem-solving techniques;
  • the theories and principles of child growth and development;
  • state standards and performance levels;
  • the use and application of technological innovations, including pertinent software, in the development of solutions to learning problems;
  • authentic performance assessment principles.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • assess students' needs and learning styles and to design appropriate differentiated instruction to meet their needs;
  • use and apply simulations and technological innovations in the classroom in pursuit of instructional strategies;
  • facilitate inquiry-based learning as well as whole class, small group, and individual instruction driven by student needs;
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, administrators, supportive staff, parents, and students.


PLEASE NOTE: Salary is commensurate with experience in education and educational attainment.  Both prior experience and educational degree must go through the District's verification process in order for final salary to be confirmed.  Please click this link to read through the process and download the verification forms for your previous employer(s) to complete.  Please note that current SDP teachers/counselors do not need to go through this process again.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Nondiscrimination: The School District of Philadelphia provides to all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this District, regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin or handicap/disability, gender identity, or genetic information. Please refer to Board Policy 104 for further information regarding the District's commitment to Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices.