19-20 Founding Lead Elementary Teacher

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date PostedMay 13, 2019
IndustryK-12: Charter Schools
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Position: Founding Lead Elementary Teacher
Start: July 2019
Employment Type: Full-time

KIPP, or the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities. Nearly 100,000 students attend one of the 224 KIPP schools that operate in 20 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently has six schools, serving approximately 1,600 students in North and West Philadelphia.

The mission of KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools (KPPS) is to develop the character, knowledge, and skills of our students so they will succeed in college, giving them the freedom to shape their futures and positively affect their communities.

Our vision is to achieve our mission at critical mass – a cluster of schools in Philadelphia – thereby reinvigorating public education in this city through the performance of our students and the leadership of our educators. Within the next seven years, KIPP programming in Philadelphia will include ten schools, over 4,400 students, over 370 employees, and an operating budget greater than 60MM.
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is always seeking exceptional teachers of all grades and all subjects K-12. These teaching opportunities begin in July of 2019. Submitting this application considers you for all 2019-2020 teaching opportunities for which you are qualified. To browse immediate openings, please visit our careers website.

The Opportunity
KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools is seeking exceptional elementary teachers to be a part of the founding team for KIPP North Philadelphia Academy (KNPA) and KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA).

KNPA is our newest elementary school as of August 2018 serving kindergarten and 1st grade students. KNPA is proudly located in the heart of North Philadelphia and will grow to be a K-8 school serving almost 900 students by 2022. KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools has been deeply committed to the North Philadelphia community since its founding in 2003 and intentionally located KNPA in a former district building at 16th and Cumberland and reserved at least 50% of its spots for students living in the 19121 and 19132 zip codes. Building off the success of KIPP Philadelphia’s original elementary school, which is the highest performing public elementary school in North Philadelphia, KNPA has the potential to more than double the number of students in this community doing math and reading on grade level.

KWPEA was founded in 2016 and will grow to add 3rd grade to their existing K-2 community located in West Philadelphia. At full capacity, KWPEA will grow to serve approximately 375 students in grades K-4. We're looking for teachers who are excited to build a school from the ground up. At KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy, staff, students, and families will come prepared to bring our best selves every day. We promise to create a safe and nurturing environment where students feel comfortable pushing their academic and personal limits as they reach for college and a choice-filled life.

KNPA and KWPEA has a well-rounded and academically rigorous program that includes one hour of math, science and social studies as well as 2.5 hours of literacy instruction daily. Students also have classes in art, PE, music, character and have scheduled recess time.

Each teacher at KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools is required to perform the following duties:

  • Exhibit positive rapport with students, parents and staff
  • Act as a role model for students
  • Create and teach challenging, engaging and differentiated lessons linked to state standards, ensuring all students learn
  • Participate in the development of curriculum standards and mapping
  • Create and foster a positive, safe learning environment that incorporates the school's core values, high expectations and code of conduct
  • Demonstrate strong pedagogy and effective classroom management
  • Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and throughout school
  • Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards
  • Track student progress and use data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
  • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents
  • Continually improve teaching skills by seeking out constructive feedback and professional development opportunities
  • Attend all staff meetings and other professional development sessions
  • Be available for report card nights and other events involving parents
  • Serve on school committees as needed
  • Remain on call in the evenings (via cell phone) to provide student support
  • Other duties as assigned by the school leader
  • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by the school leader

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools requires the following qualifications for all lead teachers:
  • Commitment to working with educationally underserved students
  • Proven track-record of high student achievement
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject/content area
  • Hold high expectations for all students and enforce the school code of conduct
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Ability to obtain Pennsylvania State certification Level I or II
  • 2+ years of full time lead teaching experience aside from substitute teaching in an urban school setting
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Highly qualified status as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education by passing Praxis in subject area interested to teach or holding a college degree in subject area interested to teach
  • All required criminal and child abuse background checks
    • PA State Police Clearance
    • PA Child Abuse Clearance
    • Cogent Federal Fingerprinting
    • ACT 168
  • Pennsylvania State Certification Level I or Level II
  • Master's in Education/Teaching or content area
  • If not certified, transcripts will be required for your initial emergency permit application

Salary will be based on KIPP Philadelphia Teacher Compensation System with a comprehensive benefits package.

Signing Bonus
All new hires who sign on to teach special education by 3/1 will receive a 3K signing bonus.

To Apply
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.
To apply, visit http://kippphiladelphia.org/join-our-team/apply-now/

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