KIPP Founding Middle School Electives Lead Teacher in Dallas, Texas


KIPP DFW OVERVIEW KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of four public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most underserved Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.

At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.

POSITION OVERVIEW We are looking for talented and committed educators to serve as Lead Teachers for our middle school classes. Our Lead Teachers will lead the decision-making process for the establishment of curriculum and culture as they develop a world-class early childhood education program from the stages of vision to execution.

We realize that the outcomes our students deserve necessitate continuously strong teaching from the time our students enter kindergarten until they graduate from college. As such, our Lead Teachers will work closely with the School Leaders at KIPP DFW to ensure that our students learn, grow, and eventually achieve transformative life outcomes. Each Lead Teacher will be responsible for ensuring that our scholar-leaders have the opportunity to learn in an environment of joyful, excellent teaching.

Above all else, the ideal Lead 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 DFW’s mission, while possessing the beliefs, character traits, and skills necessary to ensure student growth and achievement.

Beliefs: The Lead Teacher must believe that…

  • All children can and will learn.
  • Accountability starts and ends with me.
  • When there are problems, I find solutions.
  • When there is a better way, I find it. When a teammate needs help, I give. When I need help, I ask.
  • With deliberate practice, I can constantly become a better teacher.
  • I am a constant learner.
  • We are stronger as a team. I have a responsibility to my colleagues to be a contributor, not a contaminator. Character: The Lead Teacher must…

  • Have grit. When he or she gets “stuck”, he/she works relentlessly to solve the problem.

  • Be zesty. He or she must find passion, joy, and adventure in our work.
  • Make decisions with students’ best interests in mind.
  • Demonstrate self-control, both work-related and inter-personal.
  • Keep commitments made to students, families, and colleagues
  • Express and maintain optimism about the future of our students and our schools.
  • Be dependable, organized, efficient, creative, flexible, and self-aware.
  • Be able to thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Be responsive; follows up and follow through with students, families, and faculty members.
  • Be inspirational and motivational.
  • Possess passionate and loving attitude toward all children. ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES Duties

  • Develop measurable instructional goals and systems to track progress for all scholars relative to academic goals.

  • Create, utilize and revise (with data) upon long-term plans, unit plans, unit assessments, and weekly lesson plans in instructional practice.
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver appropriate lessons using a variety of presentation methods in order to keep scholars engaged and meet their individual needs.
  • Use multiple forms of data to inform daily instructional decisions—including targeted intervention and acceleration
  • Create and maintain a positive classroom environment that promotes good behavior and adheres to our choice management system.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with parents by communicating frequently to inform them of scholar academic and personal growth.
  • Maintain records of scholars' progress and development; as well as steps taken to enhance their development.
  • Research and apply research-based practices to content area.
  • Plan for and participate in extracurricular activities designed as opportunities to support scholars academic and character development
  • Seek regular observation and instructional feedback for continued growth
  • Actively participate in regular professional development.
  • Other activities assigned at the School Leaders’ discretion to achieve our mission.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, required
  • Two years or more of teaching experience, required
  • Demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth with scholars on formative assessments (norm-referenced and state)
  • Meet the State of Texas’s qualifications for highly qualified teacher, required
  • State of Texas teaching certification or equivalent
  • At least two years’ experience as an educator in middle school classrooms in a traditionally underserved community
  • Spanish-speaking proficiency, preferred
  • Bilingual and/or ESL certified strongly preferred
  • Texas and Texas ESL certification will be required by the start of the 2017-18 school year Work Schedule

  • Weekday hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm

  • Professional Development: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August
  • This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth academic calendar. Compensation Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Physical Demands The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
  • Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
  • Position will require travel.
  • Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required. *Work Environment * The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students. General Sign-off The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.

Statement of Non-Discrimination KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Job Position: Founding Middle School Electives Lead Teacher

Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth

City: Dallas, TX

Grade: 5

Type: Instructional

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time


Start Date: 2017-18 School Year

School Phone: (214) 290-0174

School Fax: (214) 290-0151

The Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth 1401 South Lamar Street Lower Level Dallas, TX 75215