Director of Academics, ELA K-4 (2021-2022)

  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Regional Support and Leadership
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Subject: English Language Arts, Reading
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

The mission of all of KIPP Massachusetts schools is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in high school, college, and the world beyond. Our program is based on:

  • A focus on high-quality instruction supported by rigorous professional development to ensure that our students develop the academic skills necessary to pursue the life they choose.

  • High regard for character development to ensure that our students and staff celebrate and develop their character and identity strengths.

  • An emphasis on family engagement, because we believe that our students are most likely to be able to maximize their potential when we work in partnership with our students and their families.

  • A focus on college readiness for all students so that all students can make choices about their post-secondary education and future.
     

What We Do

We seek to provide a world-class education for students from educationally underserved communities in Lynn and Boston. Our student demographics mirror those of neighborhood schools in terms of race, socioeconomic status, English Language Learners, and students who receive special education services.

Our promise to families is that their children will enter college and the professional world able to thrive academically due to their literacy, numeracy, and core knowledge in science and social studies. We also promise that our students will develop the zest for learning and grit necessary to persevere as they climb the mountain to and through college and career. Our graduates will be prepared to return to their community as teachers, leaders, and architects of continued growth in Lynn and Boston.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Vision

At KIPP Massachusetts, we believe that Knowledge is Power. Every day, our team and family have the opportunity to either perpetuate systems of oppression or disrupt them. We are compelled by the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Therefore, we continuously commit to operating as an anti-racist organization.  Read more at Diversity Equity Inclusivity Vision.

 

Who We Are

KIPP Massachusetts began enrolling students in 2004. We currently hold two charters, operating two “districts.” Our first district, KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School, is based in Lynn, MA.  Our second district, KIPP Academy Boston Charter School, is based in Mattapan, MA. Each district is housed on one or more “campuses,” which we use to refer to different grade spans, for example, elementary grades, middle school grades, or high school grades.

In Lynn, KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary (serving grades K-4), KIPP Academy Lynn Middle (serving grades 5-8), and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (serving grades 9-12), are all under our Lynn charter.  Admission to any grade in the Lynn district is admission to all remaining grades in the Lynn district K-12. 66% of our students in Lynn are Hispanic, 23% are Black, and 11% are other races/ethnicities.

KIPP Academy Boston(serving grades K-8) operates under our Boston charter. Admission to any grade in the Boston district is admission to all remaining grades in the Boston district, K-8. 68% of our students in Boston are Black, 30% are Hispanic and 2% are other races/ethnicities.

Across both districts, in the school year, 2020-2021 KIPP Massachusetts will serve over 2,100 students.

 

KIPP National

KIPP Massachusetts is part of the nation-wide KIPP non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.

KIPP Massachusetts is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community members.

 

Job Description

We are looking for a Director of Academics, ELA K-4 responsible for the following:
 
Setting and Executing a Content Vision 

  • Develop a vision of excellence for the content area

  • Infuse the essential components into every level so that the subject is always taught in an intellectually honest manner

  • Create a path to move from our current state to the vision

Deep Understanding of the Content

  • Sophisticated knowledge of the content area 

  • Stay up to date with current and relevant research

  • Actively continue to develop one's own knowledge of the content area and best practices

  • Engage in a community of content leaders across KIPP and other charter schools

  • Disseminate research and key findings when meaningful

 Develop Teachers and Leaders

  • Lead professional development sessions to develop teacher and leader knowledge of the content area and best practices

  • Empower teachers to share knowledge and best practices across our region

  • Coach leaders to improve their coaching of content-area teachers

  • Directly coach teachers in order to establish exemplar classrooms

Lead on Curriculum and Assessment

  • Research curricular options at all levels for the content area and select curricular materials

  • Develop implementation plans when a new curriculum is put into place

  • Develop personal knowledge of key assessments and plan for student success on those assessments

  • Use data to tell the story of the growth and achievement of our students

Effectively Collaborate and Communicate

  • Work collaboratively with the other members of the regional Teaching and Learning team

  • Work collaboratively with school-based leadership across our current five schools and two sites

  • Be curious about the past practices, current conditions, and interpersonal relationships that impact this work

  • Communicate with optimism, confidence, openness, and humility

  • Navigate change management to ensure the quality of instruction in the content area dramatically approves across the entire region

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in the content area or education; Master’s Degree preferred

  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students preferred

  • Demonstrated success in coaching and mentoring adults

  • A belief in the mission and values of KIPP

At KIPP, we believe that an excellent staff member:

  • Believes that all of us can and will learn and creates a positive learning environment with high expectations for all students and staff throughout the school;

  • Thrives as part of a team-oriented, mission-driven culture;

  • Exudes joy and a love of learning every single day;

  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through feedback, coaching, and professional development;

  • Constantly assesses progress, communicates results clearly, and uses data to inform decisions and set ambitious goals.

  • Has a strong work ethic and commits to doing whatever it takes for students to excel, including committing to an extended work day and remaining available to colleagues, students, and families outside of school hours

Additional Information

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Application process:

  1. Submit your resume and application through our online job board  at https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/KIPP/massachusetts

  2. The KIPP MA Recruitment Team will select candidates to move forward to the phone interview stage.

  3. Following the phone interview, the KIPP MA team will invite qualified candidates to interview with KIPP MA School or Regional Office Teams. 

KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Academy Lynn, and KIPP Academy Boston are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, special need, proficiency in the English language, or a foreign language. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

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