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Job Title: Immediate/Temporary - Diverse Learners Teacher
Company Name: KIPP Public Charter Schools
Location: Chicago, IL
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 01/06/2018
Expire Date: 02/15/2018
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Immediate/Temporary - Diverse Learners Teacher


KIPP Chicago Schools is a local network of 6 charter schools that is part of the nationally renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP).  Our schools are completely free, and there are no requirements for enrollment except residency in the city of Chicago.  Students and families choose to enroll in our schools because they perceive them as the highest quality option in their neighborhoods.  Currently we serve 1,700 students in grades K - 8 across 6 campuses, and we will grow to serve 4,000 students across 10 campuses by 2020.  Our mission is to empower those students with character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities.  99% of our students are African American or Latino; 96% qualify for free and reduced price lunch; and, 16% are identified as diverse learners.  In Chicago our campuses are located on the south and west sides of the city in communities broadly referred to as “low income.”  KIPP Chicago alumni from these communities graduate high school at a rate of 90%, matriculate to college at a rate of 87%, and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 44%, compared to national averages of 72%, 45%, and 8%, for “low income” students.  In addition to rigorous instruction in our K - 8 classrooms, our students receive continued support in high school and college through our KIPP Through College program and counselors.

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This posting is for the position Immediate/Temporary Diverse Learners Teacher at our KIPP Bloom College Prep campus, located at 5515 S. Lowe Ave. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.  The position will last only for the duration of the second semester of the 1819 school year.

At KIPP Chicago, Diverse Learners Teachers usually serve caseloads of high-incidence, cross-categorical students through pushing-in to content classrooms and pulling small groups of students out to a resource room.  The requirements for Diverse Learners Teacher are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)

  • Illinois teacher license with the endorsement Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS 1) or commit to acquiring one as quickly as possible (required)

  • Two years’ prior success teaching in “low-income,” urban communities (preferred)



KIPP Chicago Schools’ students perform beyond statistical expectations in part because our teachers are exceptional.  They have a “whatever it takes” attitude toward their role in students’ success.  They are remembered by students and families as inspirational.  Expectations specific to the Special Education Teacher role are:

IEP Tasks

  • Write initial, annual and tri-annual IEPs using Chicago Public School’s eIEP system

  • Inform general education teachers of IEP goals as necessary

  • Monitor and support implementation of goals and objectives in general education classrooms

  • Provide and/or support modifications and accommodations as needed in general education classrooms

  • Keep IEPs updated as to the achievement of goals and objectives at the end of every quarter

  • Issue quarterly progress reports on IEP goals for students & families

  • Schedule coordinate, and chair the annual IEP meetings in collaboration with families, appropriate clinicians and general education staff

  • Maintain a portfolio of student work samples, anecdotal data, and classroom observations

  • Encourage parent partnerships and maintains positive communication with families regarding student progress

  • Work with the Principal, Assistant Principal and general education teachers to ensure all students receive appropriate accommodations and modifications during formal and informal assessments

Case Management Tasks

  • Assume responsibility for case compliance and student academic progress

  • Maintain special education file

  • Ensure all evaluation recommendations are followed up and completed

  • Work with clinicians to ensure related services are being delivered

  • Provide input on clinicians’ performance evaluations as appropriate and necessary

Our expectations for all  teachers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A belief that all students can and will be successful at our schools, including students who present challenges

  • Commit to the demanding task of working with “low income” students and families toward the goal of college graduation

  • Practice a growth mindset about oneself and all others at the school, including seeking help and engaging in self-reflection in order to constantly refine one’s own teaching

  • Dependable attendance according to our extended school year and extended school day

  • Communicate frequently and consistently with students and families, including after school via phone, regarding academics, behavior, logistics, and homework help

  • Use best practices in alignment with school-wide systems to manage student behavior and create a safe, warm, demanding, and joyful classroom environment

  • Set specific, ambitious growth targets for all students and identify and leverage all necessary resources to ensure they meet them

  • Use best practices to backwards plan weekly and daily instruction that is tightly aligned to prescribed unit objectives and student needs as demonstrated by assessment data

  • Assess students daily, weekly, and at the ends of units and analyze and share assessment data through school-wide systems

  • Use best practices, including differentiation with instructional technology and other techniques, to execute engaging instruction at a level rigorous for all students

  • Collaborate throughout each day with grade level and content teams, sharing responsibility for all students at all times


KIPP Chicago Schools teachers are supported in their demanding work by experienced and dedicated leadership and staff who have themselves proven successful in the teaching role.  Our leaders maintain consistent school-wide systems and procedures -- academic, behavioral, cultural, logistical -- designed to permit teachers to do their best work.

Our supports for teachers’ work include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Common behavioral expectations upheld by all school staff and recorded through our student paycheck system with attached school-wide incentives and disincentives

  • Principals and assistant principals who are routinely present throughout the building and day

  • One-on-one meetings with a principal and/or assistant principal once per week to discuss student progress and the teacher’s development

  • Collaboration with grade-level and content teams four afternoons per week

  • Two hours of time each week devoted to analyzing student data and planning responsive instruction

  • A prep period each day, typically 70 - 90 minutes

  • Frequent in-building professional development from school leadership

  • A rigorous prepared curriculum in 7th and 8th grade ELA and Math; prepared unit plans and unit assessments for all other grades and subjects, alongside freedom to plan weekly and daily instruction

  • In-building technology support

  • Highly efficient and thoughtful scheduling, including for special events like field lessons or testing windows

  • A team of ambitious, talented staff, every single one committed to our important work



KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:

  • Salaries based on experience

  • Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance.  Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.

  • Contributions to the Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund in accordance with Illinois state law

  • An additional, optional 403(b) retirement account

  • Robust professional development




Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis.  All interested applicants should visit, and click the Diverse Learners Teacher posting.  If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Recruitment via email at




KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatments for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background.

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