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Middle School Teacher (Grades 5-8, All Subjects)

Employer
KIPP Charlotte Public Schools
Location
Durham, NC, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 20, 2021

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Job Category
Teaching, Elementary Education Teacher, English / Reading / Language Arts Teacher
Grade Level
Middle School
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Company Description

Organizational Overview
In 2020, KIPP Eastern North Carolina (KIPP ENC) and KIPP Charlotte took the first steps to begin to merge to form KIPP North Carolina Public Schools (KIPP NC). Starting in July of 2021, KIPP NC will be a network of eight high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools providing an academically rigorous and joyous school experience to more than 3,500 students in grades K-12 in Charlotte, Durham, Gaston, and Halifax. Additionally, KIPP NC will support several thousand alumni on their journey to and through high school, college, and career.
KIPP NC will build on a rich tradition of academic excellence and relentless fight for social justice present from the founding of both KIPP ENC and KIPP Charlotte. KIPP ENC is the second oldest KIPP region in the nation. In its 20 years of operation, KIPP ENC has been a cornerstone for students and families in rural Gaston and Halifax, operating two primary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Over the past five years, it grew to serve even more students by opening up a middle school in Durham, an urban center in the center part of the state. KIPP Charlotte, which grew out of the strong traditions and academics of KIPP ENC, has supported students and families for the past 13 years, operating one primary school and one middle school in the largest city in North Carolina.
KIPP North Carolina will build upon the successes and experiences of KIPP ENC and KIPP Charlotte to provide inclusive school environments and an educational program that will enable our students to lead full lives and equip graduates to be future leaders and agents of change in North Carolina and beyond. KIPP NC also will continue to engage in direct, anti-racist work, and it will contribute meaningfully to the dismantling of structures of inequality within our organization, schools, and classrooms. KIPP NC will be committed to expanding our efforts to embed anti-racism in all of our activities and engagements within our classrooms and schools, across our organization, and throughout the State of North Carolina. All of this will be in a tireless effort to create classrooms that are homeplaces for our students, places where they feel safe, loved, validated, seen, and heard, places where all their beautiful identities will be affirmed and celebrated, and places where they will learn the academic knowledge and skills needed for college, career, and beyond.

Job Description

Responsibilities of a KIPP Eastern North Carolina teacher include, but are not limited to:
  • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Execute a rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum by developing academically rigorous lessons and adapting unit plans, rubrics, and assessments.
    • Demonstrate strong pedagogy.
    • Continuously assess students' progress and use data to inform instructional decisions.
    • Provide students with daily feedback on mastery performance in academics and character and plan for individual learning needs.
    • Teach within an extended school day and demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy that every minute of every day is learning time.
  • Commitment to School and Classroom Culture
    • Work collaboratively with your school team and those across KIPP ENC.
    • Maintain a "do whatever it takes attitude" to help our students reach academic excellence .
    • Support a school-wide culture that best fits the needs of our students, teachers, and families.
    • Develop positive rapport with students.
    • Create and foster a positive and calm learning environment.
    • Uphold and exhibit the school's values and culture.
  • Family Engagement
    • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents and regularly share academic progress and behavior.
    • Be available for open houses, parent teacher conferences, and other events involving parents.
  • Growth Mindset
    • Receive and respond appropriately to formal and informal feedback from teammates, school leaders, students, and parents and view feedback as a tool to improve and grow.
    • Offer support to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to change and improvement.
    • Participate in school-wide and individual professional development, including pre-service training over the summer and weekly meetings during the academic year.
  • Team & Family
    • Be accessible by school cell phone for homework help and student emergencies beyond regular school hours.
    • Participate in periodic evening and Saturday School events.
    • Coordinate and lead field lessons both in and out of state to extend student learning.
    • Participate in daily duties (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dismissal) to support school operations.
    • Maintain accurate records, grade book, and data tracking systems.
    • Assist with both student and staff recruitment.


Qualifications

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP ENC's mission and community
  • Valid North Carolina teaching license or willingness to pursue state certification, if needed
  • Bachelor's degree (required)
  • At least two years of experience teaching students from low-income families and demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of educationally underserved students
  • Strong content knowledge in the area in which you are applying to teach
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Effective communication with students, families, and colleagues
  • Strong work ethic and stamina to work extended hours
  • Pass Criminal Background Check


Additional Information

Compensation:
KIPP NC Public Schools offers a generous compensation package. All teachers are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including weekly professional development, collaboration with peers and other KIPP network teachers, full health and retirement benefits, leadership pathways, laptop computer, support with NC teaching certification and renewal, and competitive salaries.
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