20-21 Substitute Teacher

  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Part-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering  with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.

In the 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 31,100 students in 59 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.

The mission and vision of KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural North Star:

As a Team & Family, we:

Champion Equity
Chase Excellence
Persist with Purpose
Bring Joy
Rise Together

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.

Job Description

We have heard the voices of our families, local and state health experts, the Texas Education Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Association of Pediatrics and other experts, and together, we are navigating this new normal with the lens of our three guiding principles. We commit to:

1. Protect the health of our students, staff, and families to the fullest extent possible
2. Show care for our entire Team & Family so we can thrive in our new normal
3. Provide our KIPPsters with an academically excellent, joyful, and equitable learning experience with a consistent focus on our North Star of college readiness regardless of whether we are inside or outside of our school buildings

For current updates on our restart plans, please visit our Restart updates page on our website.

**Note: We are anticipating a higher than average need for long-term substitutes (21+ consecutive days), but cannot guarantee upon hire placement into a long-term role**

Substitute teachers help students to learn subject matter and/or skills that are required for scheduled lessons and provide meaningful instruction for assigned classrooms in the absence of the regular classroom teacher.


- Reviews the plans and schedule to be followed during the teaching day with the school leader or designated teacher

- Teaches the lessons prepared by the absent teacher

- Reports in writing, on the form provided, the day’s activities at conclusion of each day and provides other feedback as requested by the school leader

- Follows all district policies, rules, and procedures to which regular teachers are subject and which good teaching practice dictates

- Consults, as appropriate, with the school leader before initiating any lesson or other procedure not specified in the teacher’s plans

Student Management

- Maintains as fully as possible the established routines and procedures of the school and classrooms to which he/she is assigned

- Assumes responsibility for overseeing pupil behavior in class and at other times during the school day as requested

- Maintains appropriate student behavior at all times throughout the school day for assigned students


Professional Development

- Keeps informed about current educational trends and new methods in education

- Utilizes the practices and procedures in the Substitute Teachers’ Handbook distributed annually by KIPP Houston Public Schools (?)

School/Community Relations

- Maintains good relations with the faculty and staff of the district

- Treats information about students and staff with the utmost confidence


Education and Knowledge

Degreed graduate of an accredited college or university, Bachelor’s Degree preferred


Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, curriculum content, and classroom management.

Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents, and the community.

Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback

Excellent interpersonal skills

Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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