| Job Description
Who we are.
KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. There are currently 183 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 70,000 students. Today, KIPP Massachusetts serves over 1400 students in our five schools in Boston and Lynn and almost 400 alumni on their journeys to and through college with our KIPP Through College Program.
What we do & why it matters.
Nation-wide, only 10% of students from low income communities like Lynn and Boston graduate from college, compared to 84% of their more affluent peers. Preparing our students for successful lives of independence and impact drives the work of all KIPP school leaders, teachers, and staff. Nationally, KIPP alumni graduate from college at 4 times the national average, which is good, but not good enough. We project our Class of 2015, the first to benefit from a 5-12 KIPP education, will graduate from college at 5 times the national average. Our goal is for 75% of our alumni to graduate from college.
KIPP MA serves over 1,400 students at five schools in 2015-16. KIPP MA will serve over 1,600 students at five schools in 2016-17.
In Lynn, MA, we are building a K-12 education system across three schools. We currently serve students in grade K at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary School, in grades 5-8 at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School, and in grades 9-12 at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School. We are excited to build our Lynn elementary school to serve grades K-2 in 2017-2018 and grades K-4 by 2019-2020.
In Boston, MA, we are building a K-8 education system across two schools. We currently serve students in grades K-2 at KIPP Academy Boston Elementary and in 5-8 at KIPP Academy Boston We are excited to build our Boston elementary school to serve grades K-3 in 2017-2018 and grades K-4 by 2018-2019.
Across all our schools, 84% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 14% receive Special Education services, and 20% are identified as English Language Learners. At KIPP, we believe that all kids can and will learn, and our staff members are dedicated to ensuring we serve the needs of all our learners. We are at our best when we are engaging students’ joy and curiosity through rigorous curriculum that will put them on the paths toward lives of independence and impact.
By 2020, KIPP will serve 10% or more of Lynn public school students and join our charter peers in Boston to serve 20% of Boston’s public school students. We will also scale our KIPP through College (KTC) program to serve 857 alumni by 2020, effectively tripling the total number of students served by KIPP Massachusetts.
KIPP:MA Teaching Fellows are aspiring teachers who are committed to learning the craft of teaching through professional development, coaching, and hands-on practice in KIPP:MA Schools. KIPP:MA Teaching Fellows spend each day teaching and learning alongside an experienced Teacher with the goal of becoming a KIPP:MA Lead Teacher in the next 1-2 years. For the 2017 – 2018 school year, we are excited to welcome Elementary Fellows into our Kindergarten through third grade classrooms as well as Middle and High School Fellows in English Language Arts, Math, and Science classrooms.
Teaching Fellows are an integral part of the classroom from the first days of school, forming strong and trusting relationships with students and families as they begin their journeys with KIPP. Throughout the year, Teaching Fellows practice small group and whole group classroom management and gradually take on additional lead-teaching responsibilities, planning and executing more lessons. As a co-teacher, Teaching Fellows will work with a grade level team to achieve their school’s ambitious goals for student character and academic achievement.
Teaching Fellows will grow and develop through a combination of personalized instructional coaching, Fellow-specific Professional Development focused on foundational skills for beginning teachers, and school and regional Professional Development on academics, character, and school and classroom culture. The Teaching Fellow program requires a weekly commitment to professional development outside of the school day in order for Fellows to learn and practice fundamental teaching skills KIPP:MA wants Teaching Fellows who are eager to work relentlessly for the most difficult and joyful profession imaginable.
At KIPP, we believe that an excellent staff member does the following:
- Believes that all of us can and will learn and creates a positive learning environment with high expectations for all students and staff throughout the school;
- Thrives as part of a team-oriented, mission-driven culture;
- Exudes joy and a love of learning every single day;
- Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through feedback, coaching, and professional development;
- Constantly assesses progress, communicates results clearly, and uses data to inform decisions and set ambitious goals.
- Has a strong work ethic and commits to doing whatever it takes for students to excel, including committing to an extended work day and remaining available to colleagues, students, and families outside of school hours
Qualified candidates have the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Belief in the mission and values of KIPP
- Desire to learn the craft of teaching through practice, coaching, and professional development
- Prior experience working with children encouraged, but not required
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and oral and written communication skills
- Ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment
*** A MA Teaching License is not required to apply for a Teaching Fellow role. Teachers who have taught in MA Public Schools, including Public Charter Schools, for one or more years must have passing scores on all applicable MTELs.
1. Submit your resume and application through our online job board at http://kippcareers.force.com/jobboard?site=Massachusetts.
2. The KIPP MA Recruitment Team will select candidates to complete a video interview to allow us to learn more about your goals and experiences. If selected, you will receive an email from the KIPP MA team with a link to the interview questions and instructions for uploading your answers.
3. Following the video interview, the KIPP MA team will invite qualified candidates to an in person interview day at a KIPP MA school.
The salary for a Teaching Fellow is $37,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
KIPP MA is an employment at-will organization. KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Academy Lynn, and KIPP Academy Boston are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, special need, proficiency in the English language, or a foreign language. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.