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Elementary School Teaching Fellow
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject: General Elementary
Grade: Pre-K4; K; 1; 2; 3
Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Job Title: ELEMENTARY TEACHING FELLOW
FLSA Status: EXEMPT
Department: KIPP TEXAS - DALLAS
Position Reports To: SCHOOL LEADER
KIPP Texas - DFW OVERVIEW
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a statewide network of 52 public charter schools across Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio educating over 27,700 students, covering a geographic footprint of over 400 square miles, and are among the 50 largest school districts in the state.
KIPP Texas Public Schools is part of the national KIPP network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 224 KIPP schools in 29 regions of the United States serving nearly 100,000 students
At KIPP Texas - DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.
We are looking for talented and committed educators to serve as Teaching Fellows for our elementary schools. Our Teaching Fellows will be an integral part of the establishment of curriculum and culture as we develop a world-class early childhood education program from the stages of vision to execution.
We realize that the outcomes our students deserve necessitate continuously strong teaching from the time our students enter kindergarten until they graduate from college. As such, our Teaching Fellows will work closely with the school leaders and lead teachers at KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth to ensure that our students learn, grow, and eventually achieve transformative life outcomes. In collaboration with a Lead Teacher, each Teaching Fellow will be responsible for ensuring that our scholar-leaders have the opportunity to learn in an environment of joyful, excellent teaching.
Above all else, the ideal Teaching Fellow will find joy and purpose in teaching children the habits necessary to be successful in school, and s/he will relish the opportunity to imbue our students with a love for learning. S/he must also be committed to KIPP DFW’s mission, while possessing the beliefs, character traits, and skills necessary to ensure student growth and achievement.
Beliefs: The Teaching Fellow must believe that…
Character: The Teaching Fellow must…
- All children can and will learn.
- Accountability starts and ends with me.
- When there are problems, I find solutions.
- When there is a better way, I find it. When a teammate needs help, I give. When I need help, I ask.
- With deliberate practice, I can become an excellent teacher.
- I am a constant learner.
- We are stronger as a team. I have a responsibility to my colleagues to be a contributor, not a contaminator.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIESDuties
- Have grit. When he or she gets “stuck”, he/she works relentlessly to solve the problem.
- Be zesty. He or she must find passion, joy, and adventure in our work.
- Make decisions with students’ best interests in mind.
- Demonstrate self-control, both work-related and inter-personal.
- Keep commitments made to students, families, and colleagues.
- Express and maintain optimism about the future of our students and our schools.
- Be dependable, organized, efficient, creative, flexible, and self-aware.
- Be able to thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
- Be responsive; follows up and follow through with students, families, and faculty members.
- Be inspirational and motivational.
- Possess passionate and loving attitude toward all children.
As appropriate, perform all duties expected of classroom teachers, including but not limited to:
- Periodically plan and deliver instruction, gradually taking on more responsibility throughout the year
- Provide substitute teaching coverage for teachers within the school
- Develop teaching skills to potentially become a full-time teacher at the school
- Teach small groups of students ; Support students by providing one-on-one and small group tutoring daily, and small group intervention and student support
- Observe Lead Teachers in order to improve instructional techniques and classroom management
- Meet regularly with the lead teacher and coach to implement feedback on lessons and instruction
- Participate in regional professional development and coaching designed to build instructional knowledge and strategies
- Assist teachers with instruction, assessments, grading, and other classroom responsibilities
Skills & Qualifications
- Implementing curricula and activities to meet academic standards
- Designing and implementing assessments that measure progress toward academic standards
- Using assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
- Participating in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level activities, and school-wide functions, events, and trips
- Providing direction and guidance to support positive student behavior
- Supervising students during transitions, breakfast, lunch and recess
- Being accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards
- Communicating effectively with students, families, and colleagues
- Participating in school-based professional development
- Bachelor’s degree, preferred
- Work toward the State of Texas’s qualifications for highly qualified teacher, preferred
- Experience working with children, preferred
- Bilingual, preferred
Compensation Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.Physical Demands
- Weekday hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm
- Professional Development: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August
- This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth academic calendar.
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
- Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
- Position will require travel.
- Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.
- Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.