Elementary Classroom Teacher K - 4
- Chicago, IL, USA
- Department: Teacher
- Grade Level: Elementary
- Subject: General Elementary
- Start Date: Immediate opening
All eight KIPP Chicago campuses are rated Level 1 or 1+ in the Chicago Public Schools SQRP rating system, making KIPP Chicago the highest-performing network of schools in Chicago. Currently we serve 3,100 students in grades K-8 and 2000 alumni in high school or college through our KIPP Through College program. Our schools are located in West and South Side neighborhoods where 99% of our students identify as Black or Latinx, 96% qualify for free and reduced price lunch, and 16% qualify as diverse learners. KIPP Chicago alumni graduate high school at a rate of 91% (compared to 78% for low-income students nationally), matriculate to college at a rate of 77% (compared to 34%), and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 30% (compared to 11%). We attract, develop, and retain a diverse and talented staff of educators, 61% of whom identify as People of Color, with 51% identifying as Black and 10% identifying as Latinx. Our students and families choose our schools because our teachers are exceptional educators who work together as a collective to ensure students achieve and thrive.
At KIPP Chicago, elementary schools include grades K - 4. Currently, we have four elementary schools in various stages of growth - KIPP Ascend Primary (K - 4), KIPP One Primary (K - 4), KIPP Bloom Primary (K-2) and KIPP Academy Chicago Primary (K - 1). The schools that are still growing will add a grade level each year until they reach capacity at K - 4.
When you apply for a position with KIPP Chicago, you will be considered for openings at all campuses that match your prior experience. It’s possible you will interview at multiple schools and receive multiple offers. The selection process is managed by the Talent Recruiter, so you have a single point of contact and you’ll move through the process simultaneously for all campuses.
We typically begin hiring in December for the following school year. This job posting is intended for that purpose. However, we also have midyear openings from time to time. If you're looking for an immediate position, you can also apply using this posting and note that in one of the open fields in the application.
Kindergarten teachers share their classrooms with Co-Teachers. Teachers at grades 1 - 4 are the only teachers in their classrooms for most of the day, with support from Paraprofessionals and Diverse Learners Teachers as required by students’ IEPs. Teachers in grades K - 2 teach all subjects, and teachers in grades 3 and 4 are departmentalized.
KIPP Chicago Schools’ students perform beyond statistical expectations in part because our teachers are exceptional. They have a “whatever it takes” attitude toward their role in students’ success. They are remembered by students and families as inspirational.
Our expectations for teachers include, but are not limited to, the following:
A belief that all students can and will be successful at our schools, including students who present challenges
Commit to the demanding task of working with “low income” students and families toward the goal of college graduation
Practice a growth mindset about oneself and all others at the school, including seeking help and engaging in self-reflection in order to constantly refine one’s own teaching
Dependable attendance according to our extended school year and extended school day
Communicate frequently and consistently with students and families, including after school via phone, regarding academics, behavior, logistics, and homework help
Use best practices in alignment with school-wide systems to manage student behavior and create a safe, warm, demanding, and joyful classroom environment
Set specific, ambitious growth targets for all students and identify and leverage all necessary resources to ensure they meet them
Use best practices to backwards plan weekly and daily instruction that is tightly aligned to prescribed unit objectives and student needs as demonstrated by assessment data
Assess students daily, weekly, and at the ends of units and analyze and share assessment data through school-wide systems
Use best practices, including differentiation with instructional technology and other techniques, to execute engaging instruction at a level rigorous for all students
Collaborate throughout each day with grade level and content teams, sharing responsibility for all students at all times
KIPP Chicago Schools teachers are supported in their demanding work by experienced and dedicated leadership and staff who have themselves proven successful in the teaching role. Our leaders maintain consistent school-wide systems and procedures -- academic, behavioral, cultural, logistical -- designed to permit teachers to do their best work.
Our supports for teachers’ work include, but are not limited to the following:
A recent model of Mac laptop computer
A monthly stipend to support the cost of mobile phone usage
Common behavioral expectations upheld by all school staff and recorded through our student paycheck system with attached school-wide incentives and disincentives
Principals and assistant principals who are routinely present throughout the building and day
One-on-one meetings with a principal and/or assistant principal once per week to discuss student progress and the teacher’s development
Collaboration with grade-level and content teams four afternoons per week
Two hours of time each week devoted to analyzing student data and planning responsive instruction
A prep period each day, typically 70 - 90 minutes
Frequent in-building professional development from school leadership
A rigorous prepared curriculum in ELA, Math, and Science; prepared unit plans and unit assessments for Social Studies
In-building technology support
Highly efficient and thoughtful scheduling, including for special events like field lessons or testing windows
A team of ambitious, mission-aligned, talented staff, every single one committed to our important work
The requirements for a Classroom Teacher are:
- Bachelor’s degree (required)
Meet testing requirements of Illinois Charter Law (the appropriate content-area test) (required)
Illinois teacher license (strongly preferred)
Two years’ prior success teaching in “low-income,” urban communities (strongly preferred)
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:
Salaries based on experience
Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
Contributions to the Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund in accordance with Illinois state law
An additional, optional 403(b) retirement account
Robust professional development
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatments for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background.