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Special Education Teachers (PreK3-12th Grade) for the 2018-19 SY
TEACHING AT KIPP DC:
KIPP DC is a non-profit network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. Our sixteen schools and The Learning Center recruit and educate over 6,000 students on six campuses in the city’s most educationally underserved communities. At KIPP DC, we empower students to access opportunities that lead to a choice-filled life. Highly skilled teachers and leaders, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students climb the mountain to and through college.
At KIPP DC, we believe the quality of instruction defines the rate and quality of student achievement. Therefore, teaching and learning is at the core of everything we do, and we view our lead teachers as a critical component of our mission and success. As an organization, KIPP DC makes a commitment to their teachers. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and opportunities. In addition, we seek to create a staff culture that is ambitious, intentional, and joyful. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession, and are continually seeking to improve sustainability and benefits.
As part the KIPP network’s 209 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and across the country.
We are looking for highly dedicated educators who will bring an unwavering commitment to helping children succeed. KIPP DC’s teachers are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, rigorous instruction in their content areas, producing unmatched academic results and student growth. KIPP DC gives its students an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life. The KIPP DC community holds itself to high standards, cognizant that success can be achieved by all, regardless of challenging circumstances, through team work, tenacity and focused dedication.
KIPP DC special education teachers work closely both as a team and with general education teachers in order to plan targeted, high-leverage intervention for their students. Our special education teachers seek first to diagnose student challenges and then to design individual programs and differentiated strategies in order to meet specific needs. The team serves students with IEPs and diagnosed disabilities, as well as with students who are identified as at-risk. Special education teachers at KIPP DC receive support in compliance through a campus director of student support and student support services compliance manager at each campus. In addition, special education teachers receive professional development and coaching targeted to their subject area whether at their school or from the regional student support services team.
KIPP DC has a 17-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. Each year, KIPP DC students achieve some of the highest scores on local and national assessments. However, one of the best indicators of our success is the rate at which our students are graduating from high school, matriculating to college, and attaining college degrees. With the support of our KIPP Through College & Career program, our students are working extremely hard to exceed expectations and accomplish their goals, including their desired careers and college graduation. A great education transforms lives.
We are looking for hardworking, team oriented, and experienced teachers for Pre-K3 through 12th grade. While students receive instruction from 8:00am-4:00pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm three times a week and 7:30 am-4:45 pm twice a week, with most arriving before and staying after these hours. Many KIPP DC teachers take on additional roles within the school, including working as Saturday School coordinators and grade level chairs. Though they face demanding schedules, all KIPP DC teachers are strongly supported by experienced and dedicated leadership and staff. We value sustainability and are continually assessing how to promote wellness amongst our teaching corps. KIPP DC students have an extended school day and year, this extra time allows KIPP DC to develop innovative and highly effective instruction for all of our students. At KIPP DC, we value college starting from PreK3 and keep it top of mind for students as they continue to grow as scholars.
KEY REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Believe deeply in the mission and values of KIPP DC and subscribe to KIPP's Differentiators
- Display an incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
- Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and adept at developing relationships
- Commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development
- Create and teach challenging and engaging lessons linked to state standards
- Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
- Monitor special education students’ progress and track it through our online database (SEDS)
- Gather and analyze data to write/modify IEP goals and attend special education meetings as necessary
- Maintain compliance with the special education process through timely paperwork and adequate reporting
- Collaborate with general education teachers to ensure proper modifications/accommodations for students
- Work closely with the campus compliance manager to certify legal processes are timely and effective
- Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned
- Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
- When applicable, attend staff meetings and remain on call in the evenings (via KIPP DC cell phone number) and volunteer at Saturday School as required by the individual school
- Pass a criminal background check, as required by law
- Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. They will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
- Bachelor’s degree (Required)
- KIPP DC requires all teachers to be “Highly Qualified”, which includes a bachelor’s degree and passing the appropriate Praxis exam(s)
- Commitment to working with students from educationally underserved communities (Required)
- Bachelor’s degree in content area (Preferred)
- Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)
- At least two years of teaching experience in a public school (Preferred)
- Experience teaching in a predominantly African-American environment (Preferred)
HOW TO APPLY:
- KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package.
- Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC’s extended day and year, along with additional bonuses.
- KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.
- KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
- Teachers are also supported with on the job professional development, a laptop computer for work, and a cell phone stipend.
Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit us online at www.kippdc.org/apply, and click the “Special Education Lead Teacher” job posting located under “Instructional Positions.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at email@example.com.
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