Early Childhood Classroom Observer- Independent Contractor

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)

To apply, please submit a resume to Dr. Natasha Prince. Additionally, please complete the online application linked below:

  • https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsguEX19vqUQLac1cU-CJ97QiPNga6BDRycAjX_XPlE2NYiA/viewform

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation is presently seeking temporary contracted early childhood classroom observers for the baseline wave of its assessment program. AppleTree has established a reputation for excellence in the education of young children in the District of Columbia. Local and national organizations and agencies as well as many families and community members have taken notice of the positive impact our research-driven program has on children’s outcomes and their later academic achievement.


Independent contractor classroom observers are needed for the baseline observation window, commencing September 4th, 2018 and ending October 5th, 2018, Monday through Friday.

Assessors will be responsible for conducting classroom observations geared toward improving classroom quality, assisting in professional development, and increasing student language involvement. Observations occur in the morning (approximately 7:30am - 12:30pm).

Assessors will be trained on the administration of either the Quality Indicators (QI) or the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Assessors assigned to the QI will attend two paid days of training, 9/4 (8:30am-4:30pm) and 9/7 (9:00am-12:00pm). Assessors assigned to the CLASS will attend three paid days of training: 9/4 (8:30am-4:30pm), 9/5 (8:30am-4:30pm), and 9/7 (9:00am-12:00pm). Please note, attending all days of training is mandatory. Failure to attend all days of training will result in dismissal from the project.


Candidates must possess, at minimum, a Bachelor's Degree (Master’s degree or current graduate students preferred), preferably in Education, Psychology, the Social Sciences, or a related field. Ideally, candidates will have at least 2 years minimum experience working with children, or working in an educational/psychometric setting. Experience in assessment and/or in early childhood settings required. Reliable transportation (our sites are all accessible by Metro and/or by Metrobus), punctuality, and excellent communication skills are a must. All candidates are subject to a criminal background check.


Training is compensated at $20.00 per hour, and observations are compensated at $75 per classroom observation; a variable compensation plan exists for missing training and/or observation dates. Assessors who miss scheduled observation dates will be compensated at $10.00 per hour. Assessors who do not complete all mandatory training days, and at least one scheduled observation day will not be paid.Ideally, assessors should be available all 5 days each week of the observation window; however, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Assessors will only be compensated for completed observations during the observation window (observers are not compensated for days they are not asked to observe). Assessors are not guaranteed observations every day of the observation window.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a temporary, independent contracted position. Assessors will be compensated approximately 10-14 business days after each invoice period. Invoicing will take place on September 14th and October 5th.

No phone calls, please.

Job Types: Temporary, Contract

Salary: $75.00 to $150.00 /day