Early Childhood Lead Teacher (PreK 3 - Kindergarten) for the 2021-22 SY

Employer
KIPP DC
Location
Washington, DC, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 01, 2021
Ref
743999740908791
Grade Level
Early Childhood
Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission. As part of the KIPP network's 255 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and country.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and supports for teachers. We are seeking teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.

Job Description

We are looking for highly dedicated educators who will bring an unwavering commitment to helping early childhood children succeed. KIPP DC's early childhood lead teachers are responsible for using Tools of The Mind, Reading Workshop, and My Math curriculums to deliver effective, high-quality, rigorous instruction producing unmatched academic results and student growth. KIPP DC gives its early childhood students an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects, through play-based learning instruction with an emphasis on developing the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school and in life. The KIPP DC community holds itself to high standards, cognizant that success can be achieved by all, regardless of challenging circumstances, through team work, tenacity and focused dedication.

Early childhood teachers at KIPP DC work to develop a desire for learning in our youngest students. We are looking for creative and passionate teachers to work in our PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten classrooms. KIPP DC's early childhood schools believe in using language, play, and authentic learning activities to provide our students with the foundation to build a successful and choice-filled life.

KIPP DC has five early childhood schools:
  • KIPP DC Arts & Technology Academy
  • KIPP DC Connect Academy
  • KIPP DC Discover Academy
  • KIPP DC Grow Academy
  • KIPP DC LEAP Academy

Early Childhood roles at KIPP DC include:
  • Lead Teacher: Lead classroom teachers in grades PreK3 - PreK4 provide play-based learning in a homeroom environment that promotes students' academic, self-regulation, and social-emotional skills. Kindergarten lead teachers provide reading, writing, and math instruction in a homeroom environment.
  • Specials Teachers: Specials, or electives, teachers in early childhood schools vary by school. Current specials offerings in our early childhood schools include physical education, art, music, and Spanish.
  • Special Education Teachers: Special education teachers work with students to accomplish goals on their individual education plans (IEPs) in both a push-in and pull-out setting. While most schools follow the inclusion model, some early childhood schools also support students who need more individualized instruction through a co-teaching model in their general education classroom.

KEY REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP DC's mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families
  • Subscribe to the Vision for Teaching Excellence and commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development
  • Build trusting relationships with staff, students, and families
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and make adjustments as needed to support students and families
  • Show initiative in generating ideas and solutions; solves problems and achieves results beyond what is expected
  • Display an incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Internalize and teach challenging and engaging lessons informed by instructional data
  • Build a classroom culture that empowers students, affirms their identities, and creates a sense of belonging for all students
  • Implement the school-wide and classroom management policies and practices
  • When applicable, mentor a Capital Teaching Resident (CTR), if assigned to your classroom, by modeling excellent teaching, gradually releasing classroom teaching responsibilities, and implementing weekly coaching and feedback conversations
  • While students receive instruction from 8:00am-4:00pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm two times a week, and 7:30am to 4:35pm three times a week.
  • Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned
  • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
  • Attend staff meetings, professional development sessions, and team meetings
  • Respond to student and family phone calls as soon as possible
  • Pass a criminal background check, as required by law
  • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. They will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (Required)
  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
  • At least two years of lead teaching experience in a traditional public school or public charter school (Required)
  • KIPP DC prefers all teachers to be "Highly Qualified", which includes a Bachelor's degree and passing the appropriate Praxis exam(s) (Preferred)
  • Bachelor's degree in content area (Preferred)
  • Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)
  • Experience teaching in a predominantly African-American environment (Preferred)


Additional Information

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package:
  • Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC's extended day and year.
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC's plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Teachers are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • Teachers have access to KIPP DC's additional development and enrichment opportunities such as RELAY's Masters of Arts in Teaching program, Special Education Fellowship, School Culture Champion Grants, Classroom Innovation Grants, and various fellowship and pilot programs launched each year
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs

To Apply:

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit https://www.kippdc.org/join-our-team/apply-now/ . For questions or issues with your application, please contact careers@kippdc.org .

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

Click here or here to review KIPP DC's non-discrimination policy and KIPP DC's Title IX Coordinator's contact information.

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