Liberty Teaching Fellow 19-20

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
If you are an aspiring first-year teacher eager to grow as an educator while helping students in educationally underserved communities climb the mountain to college, then KIPP Philadelphia’s Liberty Teaching Fellows Program is right for you. As a Liberty Teaching Fellow, you’ll work side-by-side with a veteran mentor teacher. Teaching fellows teach a combination of whole class, small group, and individualized instruction, and have responsibilities that increase throughout the year. The unique structure of the Liberty Teaching Fellows Program gives beginning/aspiring teachers the development, mentorship, and experience necessary to grow into excellent lead teachers in an urban, high-achieving, college-preparatory environment within one year.

Program Goals Liberty Teaching Fellows will
 Share a classroom with an experienced, successful lead teacher to provide high levels of individualized instruction
 Receive the training, support, and experience necessary to become great lead teachers after one year
The Liberty Fellows Teaching program is for you if you:
 Are inspired by KIPP’s mission and passionate about providing transformational education outcomes to students in Philadelphia’s educationally underserved neighborhoods
 Strive to work in a school where you receive the mentorship, professional development and support to become the best teacher you can be
 Are willing to do whatever it takes—every day—for your students to climb the mountain to college
 Are a college graduate who has a desire to teach but lack a degree in Education or have a degree in Education and are seeking their first teaching position
 Are achievement-oriented, hardworking, and dedicated to providing transformational educational outcomes to students in Philadelphia’s underserved neighborhoods
Classroom Responsibilities (working closely with the lead teacher)
 Do whatever it takes to ensure all students are meeting their potential
 Teach and facilitate small group and whole class instruction
 Collaborate with colleagues in infusing school culture
 Create rigorous and engaging long-term plans, unit plans, and daily lesson plans
 Infuse core values into daily lessons and every school practice
 Maintain a productive, organized, safe, neat and focused learning environment
 Administer meaningful and frequent assessments in a timely manner
 Provide necessary accommodations and modifications for growth and success of all students
 Effectively teach KIPP Philadelphia’s adopted or developed curriculum
 Keep parents well-informed about students’ progress through daily behavior reports and academic progress reports
 Uphold all school policies within the classroom
School Responsibilities
 Attend designated school functions outside of school hours
 Attend and participate in all school/parent meetings
 Contribute to the planning and execution of all school-wide events
 Develop strong relationships with the families of the students through home visits, participation in school events and over the phone
 Perform necessary duties including but not limited to bus, lunch, and dismissal duties
 Chaperone field trips
 Uphold all school policies
Professional Development:
 Receive and implement feedback from the school leader and other staff
 Participate with enthusiasm in all school wide professional development
 Participate in a teacher certification program (if applicable)
 Meet weekly with instructional coach, principal, or lead teacher for feedback on instruction/planning
 Complete all required assignments for Liberty Fellows training in a timely manner
 Achieve the role of lead teacher
 Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. They will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.
 Bachelor’s degree (in education preferred)
 Background, knowledge and experience in a PK-12 school setting (student teaching, observations, after school programs)
 Demonstrated excellence in academic and/or work history
 All required criminal and child abuse background checks
o PA State Police Clearance
o PA Child Abuse Clearance
o Cogent Federal Fingerprinting
o ACT 168
$40,000 salary with a comprehensive benefits package
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.
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