Immediate Middle School Restorative Practices Teacher

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Teacher
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

About KIPP DC:

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of 20 schools educating 7,000 students and employing 1,400 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and support for teachers. We seek out teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow. 

Middle School at KIPP DC:

The vision of middle schools at KIPP DC is to have inclusive, identity-affirming, and learning-rich spaces where student voice is elevated and student growth is emphasized. Middle school students feel supported in their growth areas, recognized for their strengths, and supported academically, socially, and emotionally.  

KIPP DC has six middle schools:

Why teach at KIPP DC Middle Schools:

  • Collaboration. Through ample planning time, grade level and content meetings, and development and wellness days, teachers and staff work collaboratively with peers at their school and across our six middle schools.

  • Growth. Teachers and staff receive feedback and support from school leaders, network content coaches, grade-level chairs, and other teammates to improve their teaching craft. We also offer opportunities to develop leadership skills including grade-level chair, fellowships, and leadership cohorts.

  • School culture. School culture at the middle school level is grounded in Restorative Practices and Positive Behavior Incentives Systems (PBIS). Student identity and creativity is recognized through weekly celebrations and a myriad of clubs.

  • Highly competitive compensation and benefits. Our instructional salary scales are at the top of the DC market and affirm KIPP DC’s value of teachers as the cornerstone of schools.

Job Description

POSITION OVERVIEW:

At KIPP DC, we believe that students thrive academically and socially in environments where there are high and clear expectations and where students are celebrated and authentically acknowledged and praised for their positive choices and contributions to our community.  We know that proactively building positive culture in schools is essential for student academic and social growth as well as the growth of executive functioning skills.  We also believe that the use of restorative practices are essential for students’ growth and well-being and are an integral part of a positive school culture.  It is our job to support students in problem solving, building, maintaining and repairing relationships, and making positive choices.  We support students through the use of restoration and logical consequences.  We know that “if, then” ultimatums and punishment are not useful tools for student growth and fulfillment. This is an exempt position and reports to the principal. 

Restorative Practices Teachers will:

  • Model the mindsets above, in both words and actions

  • Build authentic relationships with students, families and staff and model relationship building skills

  • Respond to student behavior with emotional constancy and empathy

  • Use restorative practices to help students solve problems and/or adjust behaviors so that they can return to their learning as soon as possible

KEY REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Believe deeply in the mission and values of KIPP DC, subscribe to KIPP DC's Vision for Teaching Excellence, and commit to advancing an inclusive work environment

  • Display an incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture

  • Commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development

  • Have experience leading strong Tier 1 systems and procedures, as well as strong relationships with students

  • While students receive instruction from 8:00 am-4:00 pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm two times a week, and 7:30 am to 4:35 pm three times a week.

  • Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned

  • Pass a FBI criminal background check, as required by law

  • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. We will communicate them to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.

Qualifications

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Required) 

  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)

  • At least three years of teaching experience in a public or public charter school (Required)

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and classroom management at the middle school level (Required)

  • Knowledge of multi-tiered system of support (Preferred)

  • Experience teaching in a predominantly African-American environment (Preferred)

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC’s extended day and year.
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC’s plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Staff are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • Staff have access to KIPP DC’s additional development and enrichment opportunities such as RELAY’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program, Special Education Fellowship, School Culture Champion Grants, Classroom Innovation Grants, and various fellowship and pilot programs launched each year
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs

How to Apply:

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit http://www.kippdc.org/apply, and click the “Restorative Practices Teacher” job posting located under “Instructional Positions.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at [email protected]

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

​​KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race; color; national origin; immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law); religion; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions); age; physical or mental disability; medical condition; sexual orientation; gender (including gender identity or expression); marital status (including domestic partnership status); genetic information; political affiliation; pregnancy; family responsibilities; personal appearance; veteran status; uniform service member status; status of being unemployed; status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual offense, or stalking; matriculation; or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

Click here or here to review KIPP DC’s non-discrimination policy and KIPP DC’s Title IX Coordinator’s contact information.

KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof of receiving a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons by start of employment. 

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