What is Parachute Teachers?
Parachute Teachers is a marketplace for part-time teachers. Our platform allows schools to book you by the hour. Rather than pass out worksheets to students or put on a movie, Parachute Teachers share their talents. Our teachers teacher robotics, farm to table cooking classes, coding, Japanese, film, yoga, poetry and ancient archeology!
How does Parachute help schools?
Parachute Teachers aims to close the opportunity gap by allowing students access to high-quality enrichment classes.
How do I get hired for my first job?
Becoming a Parachute Teacher is easy! First you log-in to our platform and create a profile. Afterwards you must complete your new hire paperwork to get your first job. Once your paperwork is complete, you will receive a Boston Public Schools employee id number and schools can start booking you. Once a school books you for a given date and time, you will receive an email and text to confirm the booking.
How do I get paid?
There are two ways you can get paid. If you are hired as a substitute teacher, then Boston Public Schools will pay your directly through direct deposit. Boston Public Schools runs payroll every two weeks. If you are hired as a part-time teacher in any other role, you will be paid by Parachute Teachers through the app Venmo. Parachute Teachers pay weekly and do not remove taxes given your 1099 status. .
Do you offer training?
Yes, we do! All Parachute Teachers are eligible to earn one of our micro-credentials for free. Micro-credentials are like badges for teachers. They signify to schools that you have mastered a set of skills. If you earn a micro-credential, it will be displayed on your public profile and can increase your hourly rate in the marketplace and will most likely get more jobs. You can read more about our Facilitator of Learning micro-credential here.
Are Parachute Teachers rated?
Yes, indeed. We believe that feedback makes us better. This year we will pilot the ability for principals and high school students to give our teachers feedback. In the new feedback system, schools and students can give a teacher 1-5 stars (5 being excellent!) and add any additional feedback in an open comment box. You can review feedback on your profile. Each month we recognize Parachute Teachers with a 5-star rating and offer monetary bonuses for excellence in the classroom.
What do I need to bring when I Parachute into a school?
Parachute Teachers come prepared with everything they need to teach the lesson they have prepared for the day. Whether it's yoga mats, 3-d printers or paper for origami! If you need supplies for a given lesson, send us an email. We also house a Parachute box at each of our schools. The Parachute box is a neon pink box that is found in the front office of the school. Inside, you will find posters for classroom expectations and consequences. Feel free to borrow these for your class and return them when you are done for the day.
Where do you teach?
Currently, we are in Boston Public Schools, but are gearing up for expansion. You can see a map of Boston Public Schools here.
When can I meet other Parachute Teachers?
Each month we host intimate Parachute community events to allow our community to meet each other outside of the classroom.
Do I need a teaching credential or a degree in education?
No, we recruit folks from the community to share their talents with schools. There are no requirements.
How frequently do I need to teach to be a Parachute Teacher?
Although we do not have a minimum number of days you are required to teach, we suggest committing to at least 6 days per year.
How much do I get paid per hour?
Parachute Teachers can set their own hourly rate in the marketplace; however the Boston Teacher's Union sets the rate for substitute teachers in Boston Public Schools. You can see the pay scale here.
Where do I go if I have questions?
Send us an email.