Job:

[SY 22-23] Diverse Learner Teacher

Posted on: May 12, 2022

At KIPP Chicago, Diverse Learners Teachers usually serve caseloads of high-incidence, cross-categorical students through pushing-in to content classrooms and pulling small groups of students out to a resource room. DL Teachers are needed across our 8 schools, both our elementary schools and our middle schools, across all grade levels K – 8. Usually, DL teachers instruct caseloads of students from one to three grade levels.

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. Expectations specific to the Diverse Learners Teacher role are:

IEP Tasks

Write initial, annual and tri-annual IEPs using Chicago Public School’s eIEP system

Inform general education teachers of IEP goals as necessary

Monitor and support implementation of goals and objectives in general education classrooms

Provide and/or support modifications and accommodations as needed in general education classrooms

Keep IEPs updated as to the achievement of goals and objectives at the end of every quarter

Issue quarterly progress reports on IEP goals for students & families

Schedule coordinate, and chair the annual IEP meetings in collaboration with families, appropriate clinicians and general education staff

Maintain a portfolio of student work samples, anecdotal data, and classroom observations

Encourage parent partnerships and maintains positive communication with families regarding student progress

Work with the Principal, Assistant Principal and general education teachers to ensure all students receive appropriate accommodations and modifications during formal and informal assessments

Case Management Tasks

Assume responsibility for case compliance and student academic progress

Maintain special education file

Ensure all evaluation recommendations are followed up and completed

Work with clinicians to ensure related services are being delivered

Provide input on clinicians’ performance evaluations as appropriate and necessary

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

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

A commitment to pursuing anti-racism in our schools and work together

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 stipend to support the cost of mobile phone usage

School-wide Social Emotional Learning curriculum and practices

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

Two hours of time each week devoted to analyzing student data and planning responsive instruction

A daily prep period each day

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

Qualifications

The qualifications for Diverse Learners Teacher are:

Bachelor’s degree (required)

Illinois teacher license with the endorsement Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS 1) or equivalent out-of-state license that will transfer to Illinois (required)

Two years’ prior success teaching in urban communities (preferred)

A cleared CPS Background check.

All KIPP Chicago staff are required to provide documentation of full Covid-19 vaccination by or before 10/15/2021, unless approved for medical or religious exemption. (Updated 8/24/2021).

Additional Information
COMPENSATION

KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:

Salaries based on experience related to role and responsibilities

Contributions to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund in accordance with Illinois state law

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.

An optional 403(b) retirement account

Stipends for additional leadership and enrichment leadership

INTERVIEW & ONBOARDING PROCESS

To apply, please submit your application and resume for the role. The interview process for this position includes a phone interview with our recruiter, submission of classroom teaching video, reference check and final round interview with School Leaders. The start date for this position is Monday August 1, 2022 for New Staff Orientation.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.