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Founding Teaching Fellow (19-20)
Our Team & Family
KIPP San Antonio Public Schools
San Antonio, TX
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
Organization: KIPP San Antonio Public Schools
About KIPP Texas Public Schools
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a nonprofit public charter school network, dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for college success and choice-filled lives. Today, KIPP Texas operates 52 public charter schools educating over 27,700 students across four regions – Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families. www.kipptexas.org
KIPP Texas has 6 schools located in San Antonio:
- KIPP Aspire Academy (5-8), founded in 2003,
- KIPP University Prep (9-12), 2009,
- KIPP Camino Academy (5-8), 2010,
- KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy (K-4), 2012,
- KIPP Esperanza Dual Language Academy (K-4), 2014, and
- KIPP Poder Middle School (5-8), 2015.
KIPP Texas - San Antonio is hiring a team of founding teachers to found the 9th grade class at KIPP Texas - San Antonio's newest school, KIPP Somos Collegiate High School. KIPP Somos Collegiate High School is a college preparatory high school opening in the fall of 2019. KIPP Somos Collegiate is committed to preparing all students for success in college and a life of choice through rigorous academics, Advanced Placement Classes, and enriching social and emotional programming.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
The Fellow will:
1. In collaboration with the Lead Teacher, plan a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students
2. Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is developmentally appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students
3. Prepare lessons that reflect best practices and accommodations for individual differences of students
4. Prepare for classes assigned and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisor
5. Observe lead teachers and debrief on classroom management and instructional strategies. Meet with lead teachers to plan lessons and discuss upcoming classroom events
6. Encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
7. Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and, in harmony with the goals, establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to communicate these objectives to the students
8. Employ a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media consistent with best practices, specific content knowledge, the physical limitations of the space provided, and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
9. Strive to implement, by instruction and action, the district’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives
10. Assess student learning, through observations, authentic performance, and more formal methods, in an ongoing manner, providing frequent student feedback, information to parents and written progress reports
11. Utilize diagnostic assessment tools to identify learning strengths and needs of every student, on a regular basis, for the purpose of intervention and/or acceleration toward academic and leadership standards
a. Seek the assistance of Student Support Services, S3, as needed
12. Take necessary and reasonable precautions to assure safety in the classroom and the school for all students
13. Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations
14. Assist the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct
a. Develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior
b. Maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner
15. Make provisions for being available to the students and to the parents for education-related purposes outside of the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms
16. Provide time in the evening, by phone, for questions and concerns that students and/or parents may have regarding education-related issues that could not be handled during the school day
17. Maintain and improve professional competence
a. Participate in all professional development opportunities
b. Actively participate in team meeting sand serve on staff committees
c. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues
18. Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students, parents, and community members
19. Perform other job-related duties as assigned
Education and Knowledge:
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required in desired teaching subject area or related area
- Student teaching experience, tutoring or volunteer work with students is preferred.
- Enrollment in teacher certification program or current teacher certification preferred; the Fellow will be required to enroll in a certification program before the end of year 1
· Ability to establish rapport with families and children
· Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
· Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internal and external to the district
· Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development and a passion for working with underserved student populations and their families
· Proven written and verbal communication skills with all levels of management, both internal and external to the district
· Strong organizational and planning skills
· Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
· Possession of a belief in inquiry-based learning
· Possession of a sense of urgency to do whatever it takes to assure that every student gets to and through college
· Commitment to the vision, mission, values and goals of KIPP Texas - San Antonio
· Motivation to grow as an educational professional
· Desire to implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is cutting-edge based on educational research
· Willingness to be an active member of a professional learning community focused on action research within the school and the classroom
· Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
· Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
· Ability to travel throughout the district and the cityWorking Conditions1. Mental Demands:
Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written), interpret policies and procedures, and maintain emotional control under stress. Above average degree of concentration, interpretation, understanding verbal instructions, analyzing, differentiating, reading, coordinating, compiling, computing, instructing, emotional control, memorizing, organizational skills, and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
2. Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pushing and pulling, some heavy lifting. Biological exposure to bacteria and communicable diseases. Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms.Occasionally sit, climb, or balance, taste or smell; lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered. ABOUT KIPP
KIPP is a non-profit network of 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students.
We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to seize those opportunities. Great education transforms lives. Why work at KIPP?
At KIPP, you never stop learning, you’re part of a national network that’s leading the way in getting students to and through college, and your work makes an impact on the community every day. LEARN MORE www.kippsa.org
The KIPP Foundation provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.