2018-19 High School Assistant Principal
About KIPP Delta Public Schools
KIPP Delta Public Schools was founded in 2002 when we opened our doors to 65 fifth grade students in Helena, Arkansas. Our ultimate goal was to graduate students with the strength of character and academic abilities needed to succeed in life – and in so doing, prove what is possible in public education. We promised to do whatever was necessary to help our students succeed. KIPP Delta is still making – and keeping – the same promise today. We now lead six schools across the Arkansas Delta serving over 1,400 students and 190 alumni. Since opening, our schools have regularly outperformed local school districts academically, and the work of many of our schools, staff, and students has been recognized on local, statewide, and national levels. To date, 99% of our high school graduates have been accepted into college, and nearly 80% are currently persisting in or have graduated from college. KIPP Delta is passionate about developing leaders from within our organization and proud of our incredible School Leaders, 100% of which began their careers with us as teachers in one of our schools.
Where We Work
Offering the ease of small town living near cities like Memphis and Little Rock, the Arkansas Delta is the ideal place to live, play, and work. Our schools currently span three locations, and campuses will continue to grow each year to serve all grade levels.
- Helena Campus – opened in 2002, serving students in grades PreK-12
- Blytheville Campus – opened in 2010, serving students in grades 4-11
- Forrest City Campus – opened in 2015, serving students in grades 5-6
What We Value & Believe
We share an unwavering belief and passion for empowering students from underserved communities to pursue a life of value, joy, and integrity. We believe that when interacting with students, staff, and our community, every staff member should model our core values: High Expectations, Beyond Z (going above and beyond), Humility, and Care.
Who We Seek
KIPP Delta welcomes all candidates who strive to balance high expectations with a genuine love for our students, families, staff, and resources. We do this by challenging students, acknowledging their hard work and achievements, and never underestimating their intellect or desire to learn. We seek to create a joyous struggle in all students by planning rigorous lessons while differentiating to meet students’ needs. We know our job has been done well when our students leave our classrooms exhilarated and craving more. We acknowledge this work is hard, and we provide each other with the support and respect needed to fuel this very important effort.
About the Position
The Assistant Principal is charged with supporting a school culture that empowers students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity.
The Assistant Principal’s job is to support the school in driving academic and social emotional learning outcomes for students as a key member of the school’s leadership team. Assistant Principals are expected to lead both instruction and school culture, while developing the skills of the school's emerging leaders.
At KIPP Delta, we believe that our Assistant Principals are our future school leaders and are being actively developed for school leadership. This Assistant Principal should consider him/herself an apprentice to the School Leader and the AP should gradually build capacity to lead a KIPP school.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Model and support implementation of the school’s vision and goals
- Supports development of School Leader’s school-wide vision and takes an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; owns the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
- With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goal
2. Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizes time to accomplish goals
- Provides input into the strategic planning of the school, and identifies areas of ownership for self and direct reports
3. Develop emerging leaders with School Leader’s guidance
- Supports the School Leader in identifying and developing emerging and teacher leaders (Department Heads and/or Grade Level Chairs) through goal setting, coaching and providing feedback
4. Model strong staff and student culture and manage school-wide character development and behavior management systems
- Supports teachers in understanding process and roles in student support and intervention and develops systems and structures to ensure that limited time is spent on reactive student discipline
- Manage parts of the daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips, extra-curricular school activities, school events, facility maintenance)
- Acts as the first Leadership Team contact on student intervention and parent engagement hierarchy; determines next steps for issues that rise above the teacher/grade level/department chair
5. Collaborate with School Leader to hire diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff
6. Build own and direct reports’ instructional knowledge of standards, content and instructional methods
Content (Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment):
Research-based Instructional Practices (Methods and Time):
- Develops deep mastery over the academic standards in the subjects/grades for which he/she coaches, and strong understanding of academic standards for all subjects/grades. Understands the implications of standards on what a student should know and be able to do, connect teachers with relevant resources to improve their content knowledge, and therefore what a teacher needs to know and be able to do to facilitate student mastery
- Studies curriculum and assessment content and further develops understanding of how assessments map to content mastery, and what is required of students and teachers to accomplish mastery on the assessments
- Teaches teachers how to assess for both student mastery and growth towards college readiness and insists that assessments are used to inform teacher instruction
- Develops own and teacher’s knowledge of best practices in instructional methods and teaches teachers how to match particular strategies to gaps in student mastery
7. Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high quality instruction and support School Leader in planning and implementing enabling systems of the Academic Strategies Pyramid
Data Analysis (Data-driven Instruction and Progress Monitoring):
Teacher Instructional Development (Instructional Coaching, Content Teams, and Workshops):
- Lead data-driven instruction. Help teachers: determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals (what is being assessed and how it maps to standards); break-out data to analyze how different student groups are performing; determine what data is saying about areas of student mastery and growth; and identify specific instructional actions and adjustments to fill students’ knowledge and skill gaps and a timeline to do so
- Provide high-quality instructional coaching with frequent and scheduled teacher observations, actionable and bite-sized feedback, and accountability for adjustment in practice
- Coach emerging leaders on their instructional coaching practice
- May lead or coach others who lead department/content/grade-level meetings that focus on planning for and norming on instruction and culture, practicing instructional strategies, and progress monitoring the department/content/grade level
- Recommend to the School Leader what school-wide professional development will be the highest leverage in improving student results; lead engaging, actionable, adult-learning workshops; and hold staff accountable for implementation of the workshop practices
8. Prioritize Assistant Principal’s own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger
9. Support student recruitment, enrollment, and retention activities as needed.
10. Other duties as assigned
Required Education, Credentials, & Experience
- 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 for a team and motivate others to action
- Achievement Orientation and Performance Management: Demonstrated student achievement results in own classroom and from teachers that he/she manages
- 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
- Relationship Building: Expertise in cultivating relationships and managing a diverse group of stakeholders
- Achievement Orientation: Demonstrated resilience and focus on student outcomes
- Bachelor's Degree required
- At least three years of teaching and two years of leadership experience with success in many of the following areas: leading a high performing/high poverty school, successfully leading and supporting teachers, implementing and supporting rigorous curricula, supporting Special Education, and effectively managing data and assessment.
- Significant experience in high poverty communities with a passion for empowering students and families.
- Belief in and insistence upon a strengths-based approach, recognizing that the only way to grow is to build from people's strengths.
KIPP Delta offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience. KIPP Delta’s salary schedule may be referenced here.
KIPP Delta is committed to hiring a diverse team and encourages candidates from all backgrounds and sexual orientation. KIPP Delta is an equal opportunity employer.