||September 11, 2020
||K-12: Charter Schools
Position: Elementary Music (Strings) Teacher
Employment Type: Full-time
KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities. Over 100,000 students attend one of the 242 KIPP schools that operate in 31 regions across the United States. KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently leads six schools serving approximately 2,400 students in North and West Philadelphia.
Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
We are looking for a talented and committed educator to serve as the Music Teacher for KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy. We have the unique opportunity to work in partnership with the Philadelphia Orchestra. KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy is committed to creating and supporting a quality music education that will complement our rigorous academic program. We seek to establish a strings program where our students have the motivation to practice, the desire to work as a team, and the discipline for lifelong musicianship. We truly believe the skills gained through music education are transferable to our students’ pursuit of achievement in academics and in life. We are committed to providing our music teacher with the resources needed to have a successful orchestra.
Teaching & Leading at KPPS
We know that talented, committed, culturally competent teachers and leaders have the power to amplify our children’s potential by creating a school experience that affirms, values, and challenges them each day. We seek to create a professional environment full of joy, candor, care and respect where excellent educators can make a long-term home. Educators at KIPP –
We are seeking exceptional elementary teachers to be a part of the team for KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA) for the 20-21 school year. Submitting this application considers you for all 2020-2021 teaching opportunities for which you are qualified. To browse immediate openings, please visit our careers website.
- Embrace new learning via regular 1-1 coaching and professional development
- Work with and alongside peers to tackle challenges, celebrate successes
- Play an active role in shaping and reshaping school and grade-wide practices and systems
- Actively examine the dynamics of identity and power via equity sessions and affinity groups
- Operate with clarity on individual & school-wide goals and their progress toward achieving them
- Embody our core values: Children First, Cultural Competence, Ownership, Community
- Enjoy a competitive, equitable, predictable approach to compensation and 100% employer-paid health benefits for employees and their families
Above all else, the ideal Music Teacher 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 Philadelphia’s mission, while possessing the beliefs, character traits, and skills necessary to ensure student growth and achievement.
- Execute on the vision set with the Philadelphia Orchestra to help set up a full orchestra program in West Philly
- Manage the relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra and their Teaching Artists to ensure our vision can be met with their support
- Plan and deliver music and movement for elementary students. This includes preparing lesson plans, unit plans, etc.
- Provide feedback on students’ performance level and participation
- In partnership with the Philadelphia Orchestra, obtain donations, purchase and inventory instruments, music materials, and supplies
- Lead at least two performances per academic year
- Foster a positive environment that is motivational to all students
- Possess an entrepreneurial spirit along with the passion and creativity to create a program that embodies excellence and honors our students’ diverse ethnicity and heritage
- Be willing to attend field trips to arts venues
- Ensure that all children feel affirmed, valued and challenged every day
- Create rigorous, engaging unit and daily lesson plans, leveraging provided curricula/resources
- Infuse core values into daily lessons and every school practice, implementing school-wide student culture systems and positive classroom management strategies
- Maintain a productive, organized, safe, neat and focused learning environment
- Regularly analyze student work and academic data to adjust lessons, refine curricula and inform instructional practices
- Provide necessary accommodations and modifications for growth and success of all students
- Maintain accurate student grades/records and strong lines of communication with families regarding students’ growth and progress
- Model and implement all school policies within the classroom
- Serve as a role model for students
- Take ownership for the development of your craft (meet 1x/1-2 weeks with an instructional coach, implement feedback, engage in active practice, etc.)
- Actively engage in all school-wide professional development
- Serve as a positive, contributing member of a grade team, collaborating with colleagues to tackle common challenges and implement grade-wide
- Share candid, solutions-oriented feedback with peers and school leadership on a regular basis
- Embody KPPS core values: Children First, Cultural Competence, Ownership, Community
- Enroll in/complete a teacher certification program (if applicable)
- Arrive at school by 7:30 a.m. and stay until 4:00 p.m. Mon, Tue, Thurs, Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday for Professional Development
- Attend designated school functions outside of school hours (Back to School Night, Report Card Conferences, Community Events, etc.)
- Contribute to the planning and execution of all school-wide events
- Develop strong relationships with the families of students through home visits, participation in school events and phone calls home
- Perform necessary support duties including (but not limited to) bus, lunch, and dismissal duties
- Chaperone field lessons/field trips
- Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. They will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible
- Love and see the high potential of all children
- Demonstrated ability to drive student growth and achievement and to create a warm, inclusive, rigorous learning environment
- Passion for subject/content area and demonstrated commitment to professional learning
- Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a school team
- 2+ years of full-time teaching experience (outside of substitute teaching) in an urban setting
- Bachelor’s degree
Pennsylvania State certification Level I or II preferred. If uncertified, must be –
- committed to working toward certification by enrolling in a PA-approved certification program within one year
- able to submit transcripts upon hire (required for emergency permit application)
- Complete all required criminal and child abuse background checks:
- PA State Police Clearance
- PA Child Abuse Clearance
- Cogent Federal Fingerprinting
- ACT 168
- Teacher salaries at KPPS are competitive, equitable, and predictable.
- Teachers enjoy a comprehensive, 100% employer-paid benefits package.
- Uncertified teachers have access to $2500 in tuition reimbursement to pursue certification.
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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