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Restorative Practices Paraprofessional
Restorative Practices Paraprofessional
KIPP Colorado Schools
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Grade: 9; 10; 11; 12
Organization: KIPP Colorado Schools
At KIPP Colorado Schools, all students will learn and achieve.
KIPP Colorado Schools is part of the national KIPP network of tuition-free, open enrollment college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing students from underserved communities for success in college and life.
Who we are: KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of six high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools. We educate students in grades 9-12 at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, and grades 5-8 at KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School. For the 2018-19 school year, KIPP Northeast Elementary will educate students in ECE-4 through fourth grade and KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy will educate students in grades 9-12. KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary will educate students in ECE-3, ECE-4, and kindergarten.
What we do: We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.
How we do it: Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extra-curriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.
Why it matters: Great education transforms lives. At KIPP Colorado Schools, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.About the Restorative Practices (RP) Paraprofessional Role: This is a fpart-time academic position that will report to the Director of Culture and work with the designated grade level team.The RP Paraprofessional's responsibilities can best be divided into three categories: reactive restorative practices, proactive/preventative restorative practices, and RP training. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:Behavior Concerns
Work with groups of students, educators, or family members
- Support students and teachers inside the classroom through observation, coaching, modeling restorative language, and debriefing with both teachers and individual students.
- Monitor individual student behavior by checking in with students throughout the school day.
- Facilitate mediations in response to conflict:
- Among students
- Between educators and students
- Among educators
- Between family members and educators
- Follow through after mediations to ensure the harm was repaired.
- Develop creative interventions for students as part of the restorative resolution.
- Inform families, educators, and administrators about incidents in school as needed.
- Consult with Dean of Culture to determine appropriate disciplinary steps are taken.
- Supports school-wide systems in conjunction with student expectations and appropriate responses to student behavior.
- Enforces all student behavior plans including IEP’s, 504’s, BIP’s, behavior contracts, student trackers, etc.
Further the understanding of restorative practices in the school community
- Organize data to inform the Behavior Team of any negative trends in school culture in order to improve school culture and prevent future behavior issues.
- As a part of the Grade Level Team, collaborate, support, develop, and improve grade level support systems, routines, and norms.
- Reinforce classroom/school culture and ensure that all students realize what is expected of them and what they can expect from staff.
- On-going training of restorative practices within grade level and school wide.
- Spend time in classrooms to build relationships with students and teachers.
- Organize school data to inform staff of positive trends in school culture.
- Gather testimonials of RP success stories to improve staff and community buy-in.
- Circulate throughout the building to build and foster relationships with students and educators.
- Use peace circles to build a sense of community.
- Advocate for educators and students.
- Communicate with the community about the restorative work being done within the building
The role of the RP Paraprofessional is not limited to what has been outlined. Whether participating in a school tradition or supporting a new initiative, the coordinator should constantly be asking, “How can I add a restorative lens to this?”
- Provide ongoing restorative practices professional development to staff with guidance of the Dean of Culture.
- Observe staff and provide frequent, non-evaluative feedback.
- Consistently use language that supports the use of restorative practices to foster a community where it is being used at school as well as at home.
- Teach students techniques for resolving conflict.
- Coach students and educators on how to participate in meaningful restorative conversations.
- Other duties as assigned
Skills & Qualifications
Compensation and Benefits-
- Three years or more of experience working directly with youth in a traditionally underserved community required
- Demonstrated professionalism working with educators, administrators, students, and families
- Experience with developing and implementing behavior plans and interventions
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to collect, organize, and communicate data to make informed decisions
- Comfortable balancing multiple competing priorities
- Experience and training in CPI, Trauma Informed Care, or other models of working with youth and families in crisis
- Ability to build strong relationships with students, families, and staff
- Commitment to social justice and equity
Salary is commensurate with experience-
Competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, participation in PERA, optional life insurance and 401K plan-
All staff members are issued a laptop computer with an option for iPhone
- Numerous professional growth and leadership opportunities within KIPP Colorado Schools
- This position will begin 7/20/20 KIPP Colorado Schools is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP Colorado Schools, KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, KIPP Northeast Elementary, KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.