Academic Interventionist – KIPP Chicago Schools

Posted on: October 5, 2018 | | |

The Academic Interventionist will work with the Diverse Learners (Special Education) Teacher, Paraprofessionals, and Classroom Teachers to ensure all students’ individual needs are met. A teacher license is not required for this position. The Academic Interventionist will co-teach some classes each day as well as pull students for small-group instruction outside the classroom.

KIPP Chicago Schools is a local network of 6 charter schools that is part of the nationally renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Our schools are completely free, and there are no requirements for enrollment except residency in the city of Chicago. Students and families choose to enroll in our schools because they perceive them as the highest quality option in their neighborhoods. Currently we serve 2,000 students in grades K – 8 across 6 campuses, and we will grow to serve 4,000 students across 10 campuses by 2020. Our mission is to empower those students with character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities. 99% of our students are African American or Latino; 96% qualify for free and reduced price lunch; and, 16% are identified as diverse learners. In Chicago our campuses are located on the south and west sides of the city in communities broadly referred to as “low income.” KIPP Chicago alumni from these communities graduate high school at a rate of 90%, matriculate to college at a rate of 87%, and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 44%, compared to national averages of 72%, 45%, and 8%, for “low income” students. In addition to rigorous instruction in our K – 8 classrooms, our students receive continued support in high school and college through our KIPP Through College program and counselors.

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KIPP Chicago Schools is seeking an Academic Interventionist to support our work with Diverse Learners (previously known as Special Education students). The Academic Interventionist works with Diverse Learners Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Classroom Teachers to ensure students’ individual needs are met. The role involves co-teaching in general education classrooms part of the day and pulling small groups of students from classrooms for small-group instruction at other parts of the day. The Academic Interventionist will serve both students with IEPs and those without. There are two positions open. One position is open in grades 3 – 4 at KIPP Ascend Primary, located at 1440 S Christiana Ave in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side. The other is in grades 5 – 8 at KIPP Bloom College Prep, located at 5515 S Lowe Ave in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side.

For this role, it is very important that a candidate be highly organized and adhere to a tight schedule of varied activities and locations throughout the day. The Academic Interventionist does not need a high level of instructional planning skill, since in most cases instructional materials will be provided. The Academic Interventionist is responsible for ensuring all lesson materials are prepared as needed for learning activities throughout the day.

Because this is not a traditional teacher role, a teacher license is not required to qualify. See the Requirements section below for further description.

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, talented staff, every single one committed to our important work

Bachelor’s degree (required)
A passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency 400 or its equivalents. If you have not yet passed the test, we can still consider you if you commit to taking it immediately. (required)
5 years of professional work experience, not necessarily in education (required)
Two years of teaching experience with low-income students in an urban area (preferred)

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 (for teachers who hold a license)
An additional, optional 403(b) retirement account
Robust professional development

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit, and click the “Academic Interventionist” job posting. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Recruitment via email at

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.