Upper School Science - Middle School
- Tulsa, OK, USA
- Department: Teacher
- Grade Level: Middle
- Subject: Science
- Start Date: Immediate opening
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 2005, KIPP schools in Tulsa, OK was formed to become KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students in Tulsa, OK. KIPP began with 1 campus, 90 5th grade students, to now serving students in grade 5-12 on two campuses, by the end of the 2021-2022 School year. Through partnership with the local school district, KIPP Tulsa 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 our city.
KIPP Tulsa 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.
The Five Pillars of KIPP
1. High Expectations. KIPP schools have clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.
2. Choice & Commitment. Students, their parents, and the faculty of each KIPP school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend a KIPP school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
3. More Time. KIPP schools know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
4. Power to Lead. The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They have control over their school budget and personnel. They are free to swiftly move dollars or make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
5. Focus on Results. KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation's best high schools and colleges. Teachers will be provided consistent and constant professional development opportunities and will be expected to support each other’s growth as a team and family.
If you firmly believe that all students can learn, if you have a proven willingness to do whatever it takes to drive student achievement, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, and if you are eager to work alongside passionate educators committed to creating an equitable and inclusive school environment, we want to hear from you.
• Teach students in a high quality, engaging way and be prepared to do whatever it takes for students to excel
• Create and foster a positive learning environment and exhibit positive relationships with students
• Hold high expectations for each student while implementing the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
• Use data to inform instructional decisions and communicate results to families and colleagues
• Provide individual or small group instruction for students who need additional assistance
• Provide students with daily feedback on performance and plan for individual learning needs
• Model the school’s values in all communications with students, families, and staff
• Assist in development of curriculum standards and mapping
• Commit to constant professional and personal growth through working closely as part of a team of teachers
• Participate in critical school events, including: staff meetings, open houses, parent teacher conferences and more
Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
Demonstrated knowledge of core subject area assigned
Satisfactory outcome of a background check.
*Applicants currently pursuing a certification may apply before certification is received. All certifications must be acquired and on file with KIPP Tulsa before the end of the first year of employment.
• At least two years of teaching experience (strongly preferred)
• Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of ALL students (strongly preferred)
• State teaching credential (preferred)
• Experience working in urban schools (preferred)
• An incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
• A strong desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a Full-Time, Exempt role.
As an equal opportunity employer, KIPP Tulsa does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.