Immediate Elementary Lead Teacher (1st-4th Grade)
KIPPFull time Full day
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 supports for teachers. We seek out teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.
Elementary Education at KIPP DC:
KIPP DC elementary schools are committed to building joyful classrooms with rigorous instruction that
prepare students for success in middle school and beyond. Teachers cultivate a love of learning, build
confidence and self-advocacy by highlighting students’ talents and passions, and ensure that all students receive meaningful intervention and support. Elementary classrooms provide a space for all students to feel loved and a sense of belonging. Teachers work alongside families to support students as they learn the social-emotional skills and strategies to navigate the classroom, school, and the world around us.
Why teach at KIPP DC Elementary Schools:
Collaboration. Through ample planning time, grade level and content meetings, and development and wellness days, teachers work collaboratively with peers at their school and across our six elementary schools.
Growth. Teachers 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 elementary school level is grounded in creating joyful, identity-affirming learning environments that produce extraordinary outcomes for all students.
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.
What positions are available?
We have six elementary schools in DC looking for excellent teachers to join their team.
Lead Teachers: Lead teachers seek to inspire and encourage both academic and social-emotional achievement for their students. In doing so, they create genuine, lasting relationships with students and families. Our lead teachers at the elementary level teach math and literacy to a homeroom of students.
General Knowledge Teachers: General Knowledge teachers are key to supporting the various needs of each elementary school, and the responsibilities of each role are determined by the principal. Examples of general knowledge roles in our schools include science teachers, reading interventionists, and restorative practices teachers.
Special Education Teachers: Special education teachers partner with general education teachers and related service providers to deliver interventions that support students meeting their Individualized Education Plan goals in inclusion, resource, and pull-out settings.
Specials: Specials teachers play an integral role of affirming students’ identities and building students’ talents outside of the core academic spaces. Current specials offerings in our elementary schools include physical education, dance, art, music, STEM, African American culture, and more!
Key Requirements & Responsibilities:
Commitment to KIPP DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families
Subscribe to our Vision for Teaching Excellence and commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development
Build trusting relationships with staff, students, and families
Instructional Responsiveness & Content Knowledge
Internalize and teach challenging and engaging lessons linked to Common Core and informed by instructional data
Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
Attend staff meetings, professional development sessions, and team meetings
When applicable, mentor a Capital Teaching Resident, if assigned to your classroom, by modeling excellent teaching, gradually releasing classroom teaching responsibilities, and implementing weekly coaching and feedback conversations
Care of Students & Classroom Culture
Build a classroom culture that empowers students, affirms their identities, and creates a sense of belonging for all students
Implement the school-wide and classroom management policies and practices
Create a responsive and inclusive environment for parents and families
Other Information & Requirements
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.
Bachelor’s degree (Required)
Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
At least one year of lead teaching experience in a public or charter school setting (Strongly Preferred)
Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)
Compensation & Benefits:
KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package for teachers, including:
Competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. Plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and free access to OneMedical.
A 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
Tax deductions for public transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA.
Laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
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.
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 “Elementary School Lead Teacher” job posting located under “Teaching Roles.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at [email protected]
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