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Principal/School Leader Middle School
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
Organization: KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
Contact: Greta Hunter
Principal / School Leader
Who we are.
KIPP Memphis is part of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program),
a national network of free, open-enrollment, public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. There are currently 224 KIPP schools serving nearly 100,000 students. Today, KIPP Memphis serves over 2,600 students in our seven schools in Memphis and almost 800 alumni on their journeys to and through college with our KIPP Through College Program. What we do & why it matters.
Nationwide, only 10% of students from low income communities graduate from college, compared to 84% of their more affluent peers. Preparing our students for successful and choice-filled lives of independence and impact drives the work of all KIPP school leaders, teachers, and staff. Nationally, KIPP alumni graduate from college at 4 times the national average, which is good, but not good enough. Our goal is for 75% of our alumni to graduate from college and be prepared to live a personally and financially satisfying life. Our Schools.
KIPP Memphis serves over 2,600 students in grades K-12, at seven schools in north and south Memphis. Each of our elementary schools’ partner with Porter-Leath to provide a high-quality pre-K instructional experience for our communities. ROLE OVERVIEW:
The School Leader’s primary job is to drive academic and character outcomes for students. We expect our School Leaders to focus 75% of their time on instructional leadership, specifically all of the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. At KIPP, we also expect our School Leaders to build lasting and sustainable organizations by developing a pipeline of future School Leaders and creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff. The School Leader is responsible for developing his/her successor and the leadership capacity of his/her staff. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Set ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with the KIPP region, that lead students on a path to and through college
- Plan and prioritize time and resources to achieve annual goals
- Cultivate a diverse, high-potential school leadership pipeline (from teacher leader to AP to successor) and develop leadership team members by teaching and insisting that they are true owners of the work and coaching and assigning stretch activities
- Model expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for a positive learning culture
- Develop systems and structures to hire and retain diverse, highly-effective staff
- Build own and school staff’s knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards
- Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery
- Develop knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment
- Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction
- Lead analysis of and develop teachers’ ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery
- Regularly observe and coach instructional coaches to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis
- Ensure teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in content teams
- Lead whole-school professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice
- Cultivate School Leader’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger
- Design school structures that create school compliance and ensure we are within state and federal regulations.
- Student Focus: Belief that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community
- Direction Setting: Ability to set direction across an entire school and motivate others to action
- Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results from teachers and leaders that he/she manages and coaches
- Talent Development: Demonstrated success in developing leadership capacity in others
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
- Instructional Leadership: Adept at data analysis; ability to extract meaningful insights across school-wide data
- Instructional Leadership: Expertise in what the school-wide academic standards and state assessments require of students’ knowledge and skills to demonstrate mastery; able to translate student mastery requirements into instructional plans and strategies
- Instructional Leadership: Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies (e.g. make kids sweat, pacing, stretch it, etc.) based on comprehension of child development and pedagogy
- Instructional Leadership: Command of instructional design and the benefits and trade offs of school design decisions in driving student achievement
- Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes