Job ID 45207
About the Lead Teacher ELA-S Role: The Lead Teacher at KIPP Colorado holds full responsibility for creating and cultivating a culturally responsive classroom community that is warm-demanding, including upholding school-wide expectations, managing tier 1 behaviors, and contacting families proactively and responsively. Teachers support the campus-wide community and whole school systems through active presence at daily duties, including but not limited to: arrival duty, dismissal duty, lunch duty, threshold presence at transitions, hallway / bathroom duty, and coverage for staff absences. This is a full-time position and will report directly to a member of the school leadership team.
Role Responsibilities and More About How You’ll Spend Your Time in this Role
Instructional Planning and Delivery
- Develop standards-based unit plans and daily lesson plans.
- Design and deliver rigorous, backwards-planned lessons.
- Design and implement assessments that are aligned with daily objectives.
- Grade student material and provide students with feedback and support
- Plan rigorous lessons that include a focus on lesson internalization
- Use adopted curriculum with fidelity
- Use data to adjust short- and long-term plans in order to meet students’ learning needs.
School Culture Alignment
- Believe deeply in the mission of KIPP Colorado Schools and that all children can learn.
- Establish and maintain relationships with students and families based on trust and respect.
- Approach practice with a sense of urgency to maximize instructional time.
- Establish and maintain high expectations for academic work and classroom behavior.
- Establish and reinforce rules and consequences to maintain a positive, focused classroom.
- Meet professional obligations such as meeting deadlines and honoring schedules.
- Participate in active presence and strategic supervision and monitoring to ensure student safety and engagement in rigorous learning
- Complete MLE coursework and certification requirements (required for most roles)
- Partner with the Assistant Principal of Special Services and Special Education Teachers to ensure proper implementation of 504s, BIPs, IEPs, safety plans, accommodations, modification, and language support for students.
- Enforce positive behavior systems and monitor behavior data
- Attend designated school functions outside of school hours (Back to School Night, Report Card Conferences, Community Events, etc.)
- Perform necessary support duties including (but not limited to) bus, lunch, and dismissal duties, chaperone field trips. Participate in parent meetings, conferences, and periodic evening events.
- Develop strong relationships with the families of students through home visits, participation in school events and phone calls home
- Communicate regularly with families about academic progress and behavior.
- Be accessible by school cell phone for homework help and student emergencies beyond regular school hours.
- Participate in daily duties (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dismissal) to support school operations.
- Maintain accurate records, grade books, and data tracking systems.
- Assist with both student and staff recruitment.
- Believe deeply in the mission, values, and Race, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (RIDE) commitments of KIPP Colorado Schools and that all children can and will learn.
- Providing an active presence, strategic supervision, and intentional monitoring to ensure student safety and engagement in rigorous learning (regardless of my role and its proximity to students)
- Take ownership for the development of your craft (meet 1x/1-2 weeks with a manager, implement feedback, engage in active practice, etc.)
- Meet professional obligations including and not limited to meeting deadlines and honoring schedules.
- Collaborate with colleagues and seek feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement.
- Reflect on professional practices to meet individual professional development goals.
- Assume personal responsibility for student achievement.
- Actively participate in professional development, grade level, and department meetings.
- 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 initiatives.
- Share candid, solutions-oriented feedback with peers and leadership on a regular basis.
- Maintain strong attendance each day and be on time to all responsibilities
- Assist with both student and staff recruitment.
- Other duties as assigned
Teacher Role Level Specifics, Scope of Work, and Level of Responsibility For more about how you’ll lead at the Teacher level, please visit the KIPP Colorado Role Levels Matrix (this is an internal document, only).
About Your Skills and Qualifications at the Teacher Level:
- Bachelor’s degree (required)
- Ability and willingness to fulfill all state and federal guidelines to meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) criteria (required)
- At least 2 years of teaching experience (highly preferred but not required)
- Have passing scores to at least two thirds of the Berlitz Spanish Language Proficiency Exam by the first date of employment (required)
- Ability to work during after-school, evening, and weekend meetings and events at the school (required)
- A full understanding and Commitment to an Exceptional Student Experience (more about that HERE) (required)
- Commitment to and experience with youth of various cultural and economic backgrounds
- Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail; outstanding written and oral communication skills
- Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
- Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative and teamwork
- Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work
- Multi-faceted, multi-skilled, resourceful and willing to do whatever it takes to help the school reach a level of academic excellence
- High level of detail orientation and sound excellent organizational skills
- Strong communication, feedback and facilitation skills
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative.
- Entrepreneurial mindset, with the creativity and versatility to work productively in a fast-paced environment
- Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment with a proven ability to meet and complete multiple deadlines and tasks with meticulous attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships with stakeholders across functional and organizational lines
- Passionate commitment to KIPP Colorado mission and to high standards of excellence
Compensation and Benefits:
Staff retention and satisfaction is imperative for KIPP Colorado. We seek to provide competitive compensation and benefits including the following:
- Competitive Market Salary: The salary range for this role begins at $59,000 (with the scale going to $100,498 with no cap on how much experience you can bring in)
- Please submit a comprehensive resume to assure all your experience is accounted for! (Tip: We don’t care if your resume is more than one page, we are eager to see and compensate you for all of your experience and accomplishments.)
- Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by KIPP Colorado and options for family enrollment and coverage through United Healthcare.
- All the Info: For more information, you can view our benefits FAQ here .
KIPP Colorado Schools is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP Colorado Schools, KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, KIPP Northeast Elementary, KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.