Early Childhood Specials Teacher (PreK 3 – Kindergarten) for the 2021-22 SY
KIPP DC OVERVIEW
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.
KIPP DC seeks energetic and dedicated specials teachers. Each school hopes to affirm students’ identities and build students’ talents outside of the core academic spaces. Below are examples of specials classes KIPP DC’s early childhood schools are seeking to offer:
Art: Art allows our youngest learners to express themselves while building fine motor skills. The art teacher will have a background in building an art program centered around affirming students' identities through multiple mediums.
Physical Education: Physical Education celebrates the connection between the mind and body, building students’ teamwork, social emotional, and cognitive skills through coordinated physical activity. The physical education teacher will have a strong grasp of physical education standards and create a positive, safe classroom environment for all students to learn.
Theater: Theater allows students to express themselves and amplify their voices. The theater teacher will partner with other fine arts teachers in music, dance, and art to build empowering and identity-affirming student programs.
Foreign Language: Learning a foreign language in early childhood is an opportunity for students to expand their language skills and knowledge of new cultures. The foreign language teacher will have a background in building early language with students ages 3-5. Schools have a strong preference for Spanish.
Although the above topics are most desired, teachers who have two or more years of teaching experience in an early childhood classroom setting and have a background in another fitness or fine arts category are encouraged to apply.
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.
-Bachelor’s degree (Required)
-Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
-At least two years of 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)
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
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 email@example.com.