Audition Video Guide

Instructions for recording and uploading your video teaching sample

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Audition Video Basic Requirements Checklist

The audition video is a critical component of the application process. The audition video will not only be evaluated for entry into the recommended pool, but it will also be available to school administrators/hiring teams throughout the school system who often use these audition videos as a part of the individual school selection process. The review team will only review audition videos that meet all of the basic requirements.

Please review ALL of the basic-requirements below before you submit your audition video.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the alternatives for teacher candidates without their own classroom?

A: Below are different types of video auditions that have been successful:

NOTE: All alternative submission formats MUST still meet all of the basic requirements.

Q: Is there another way to share my video with DCPS other than Google Drive or YouTube?

A: Google Drive and YouTube offer free video hosting services. While there are other video hosting platforms available via the internet, these two options allow candidates to upload a video at no cost. DCPS will only accept videos via Google Drive and YouTube.

Q: Do I need to change anything about my classroom or my instruction prior to filming my class?

A: No. Candidates should feel comfortable filming their instruction as initially planned. While standards may be different in various school districts, we are focused on great instruction. However, please make sure that you are visible in the video throughout the lesson.

Q: How will my teaching sample be evaluated?

A: Teaching samples will be evaluated using the Essential Practices, which is used to evaluate instruction across all DC Public Schools. Click here for more information about the Essential Practices, as well as DCPS’ evaluation system, IMPACT. Teacher audition video evaluation criteria include:

Q: I’m not sure that I can film myself. What should I do?

A: Candidates are encouraged to explore all options to upload a video of their classroom. By seeing instruction in your classroom with your students, we are able to get the most accurate picture of the effect you are having on student achievement. Candidates can use any means available to videotape their instruction, even using smartphones. We also encourage novice candidates to consider videotaping their student teaching experience. Small group instruction is an acceptable alternative as well. If after exhausting all options, you are unable to videotape yourself, we advise that candidates film mock lessons with adult peers to meet this requirement.

Q: What part of my lesson do you want to see?

A: In order to get the best sense of your instruction, candidates are asked to upload a video that focuses on the introduction of new material or direct instruction portion of a lesson. We also strongly encourage candidates to upload a lesson plan when submitting the video. We understand that this portion of a lesson may not last for an entire 20 minutes and encourage candidates to also include a guided practice section when appropriate.

Q: Should I upload my lesson plan or other supplemental materials?

A: Yes. It is strongly recommended that candidates upload their lesson plan when submitting their video. This lesson plan should include a clear objective.

Q: How long does my audition video need to be?

A: Your video submission should be between 20-30 minutes long. If your video is longer than 30 minutes, we will only review the first 30 minutes of the video.

Q: Does DCPS have a specific consent form for students?

A: There is no specific consent form that parents/guardian must sign for your video. However, your current school/placement may have already had parents/guardians fill out consent forms, so we suggest checking with your school officials to find out if any students should not be filmed. While we prefer students in the video, if acquiring consent is a problem, you can film so that students’ faces are not in view or film with adult peers.

Step 1: Prepare for Filming

As part of the selection process, we want to see your teaching in action! This step allows our team and all school leaders to get the best understanding of your instructional expertise.

NOTE: All candidates must submit video footage for the audition within 21 days of receiving the invitation to submit an audition video. Candidates who do not meet this timeline will have their applications inactivated. To reactivate an application, candidates will need to email the video link to our team at


Prior to filming your 20-30 minute teaching sample, it is recommended that you prepare in the following ways to ensure success on your first recording


  1. Choose your lesson and your audience.

20-30 minute teaching sample of one continuous lesson.

It is strongly encouraged that all candidates upload a lesson plan and any supplemental materials when submitting the link to their video. See the “Frequently Asked Questions” section at the end of this document for more information.

If you do not have direct access to a classroom, refer to the following options for successfully recording your audition video:


NOTE: All alternative submission formats MUST still meet all of the basic requirements.

REMEMBER: Obtain consent to videotape any students participating in the video.

  1. Charge your filming device.

Recommended devices to film your audition include:

  1. Set up your camera.

It is recommended that someone other than you, film your lesson - one of your students, a colleague, etc. If using someone to record the lesson, this person should film from behind your students, in the back of the classroom.

  1. Prepare your classroom.

  1. Record a test shoot.

Step 2: Filming Your Teaching Sample

  1. Set a timer.

  1.  Provide context for viewers.

  1. Talk loudly and clearly.

  1. Check video quality after filming.

Step 3: Uploading Your Teaching Sample

There are two video-hosting sites that candidates may use to share audition videos: Google Drive and YouTube. Google Drive is recommended if you have a Google Mail (Gmail) account. Otherwise, upload your audition video via YouTube.  Note that you will need to log into your account and “increase your limit” before uploading your video. More detailed guidance is provided below.


Uploading Directions:

Google Drive

NOTE: This site can only be used if you have a Google Mail account (ex.,

If uploading ONE file….

  1. Click on “New” button in the top, left corner.
  2. Click on “File Upload”.
  3. Select your teaching sample file from your computer or cellphone.
  4. Upload the teaching sample to Google Drive by clicking on the “Open” button at the bottom of the window.
  5. Once the file has downloaded, right click on the file and select “Get shareable link”.
  6. When the “pop-up” appears, make sure Link Sharing is “On”.
  7. Click on “Sharing settings” and select option that says “On-Anyone with link can view.”
  8. Copy the link and click “Done” at the bottom of the window.
  9. Log into the Candidate Dashboard, click on the “Audition Video” tile, and paste the link into the textbox.

If uploading more than one file….

Do not exceed three videos.

  1. Click on “New” button in the top, left corner.
  2. Click on “Folder.”
  3. Name this folder Yourlastname.Yourfirstname_DCPS Audition Videos
  1. Example: John.Doe_DCPS Audition Videos
  1. Within this new folder, click on the “New” button and select “File Upload” to find your video files.
  2. Select all video files from the computer.            
  1. Upload each file separately, or highlight and select all of the files to upload them at the same time. Upload teaching sample files to your DCPS Audition Videos folder by clicking on the “Ok” button at the bottom of the window.
  1. Once the video files have downloaded in your DCPS Audition Videos folder, right click on the file and select “Get shareable Link”.
  2. When the “pop-up” appears, make sure Link Sharing is “On”.
  3. Click on “Sharing settings” and select option that says “On-Anyone with link can view” (You may have to click on “more” to find this option).
  4. Copy the link and click “Done” at the bottom of the window.
  5.  Log into the Candidate Dashboard, click on the “Audition Video” tile, and paste the link into the textbox.


NOTE: There are multiple steps to uploading a video to YouTube. Please make sure to follow all steps as listed below.

Part A: Set up channel/Register an account

NOTE: If you already have an account, skip to Part B.

  1. Open web browser to
  2. Click the “Create Account” button in the top right corner of the website to register an account. Complete the registration using a Google username, and click “Next Step”.
  3. Google will send you an email with a link to verify your account.
  1. Log in to the alternate email address that you provided upon registering for YouTube, and open the email with the subject line “Google Email Verification”.
  2. Click on the link in the email to verify your account. The link will take you to a login web page.
  1. Type in your username and password. Click “Verify”.
  2. Return to the YouTube homepage and click the button that says “Sign In” if you are not already signed in.
  3. Type in your username (without “” or “”) and password. Click “Sign In”.


Part B: Increase size limit

  1. If you have not already, you will need to increase the size limit allowable to upload to YouTube
  2. Log in to the YouTube homepage.
  3. Click on the “Upload” button, which is located in the top right corner of the YouTube homepage (the arrow icon).
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page (within the Help and Suggestions section) and click “Increase your limit” which is a blue hyperlink.
  5. Verify the account.
  1. Select either “call” or “SMS” text message to receive a verification code.
  2. Enter the cell phone number that you wish to receive the verification code. NOTE: you will receive a phone call or a text message in 1-5 minutes.
  1. Once you receive the code, enter the verification code. Click “Verify”.


Part C: Upload

Most smartphones can upload directly to YouTube if the phone is connected to WiFi. However, videos can also be uploaded to a computer and then uploaded to YouTube from the computer.


From a smartphone:

  1. Increase the size limit on YouTube from a computer (by following the steps in Part B).
  2. Connect to WiFi.
  3. On the webpage, select “Unlisted” as privacy setting.
  4. From phone, select to share your video to YouTube.
  5. Allow file to upload. NOTE: This could take up to 1 hour.
  6. Title video “First Name Last Name Audition”.


From a computer:

  1. Increase size limit on YouTube from a computer (by following the steps in Part B)
  2. Select “Unlisted” as privacy setting.
  3. Click “Upload” in the middle of the page.
  4. Select your teaching video file.
  5. Allow file to upload. NOTE: This could take up to 45 minutes.
  6. Title video “First Name Last Name Audition”.
  7. Click “Done” to confirm upload.
  8. Your video link will appear. Copy the link and paste it in the Candidate Dashboard.

DCPS Filming Consent

By submitting a video, I hereby irrevocably grant to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) the right to use my recorded image and/or voice on videotape, on film, and in digital media as part of the DCPS teacher selection process. I understand that DCPS hiring managers will have access to this video footage, and that it will be used to make hiring decisions. I understand that upon submission, my teacher audition video file becomes property of DCPS.


I understand that upon submission, this file becomes property of DCPS and will be used for selection purposes only. I certify that all students who are present in my classroom during the sample lesson have provided my school district with the appropriate level of consent in compliance with FERPA regulations.


I hereby release DCPS, the District of Columbia, and any DCPS employee using my image and/or voice and/or written work pursuant to this release from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses which I now have or may hereafter have by any reason of the use thereof. I understand that the provisions of this release are legally binding. I hereby affirm that I am at least eighteen (18) years old and have proper authority to agree to this consent release.