At KIPP Chicago, elementary schools include grades K – 4. Currently, we have four elementary schools in various stages of growth – KIPP Ascend Primary (K – 4), KIPP One Primary (K – 4), KIPP Bloom Primary (K-4) and KIPP Academy Chicago Primary (K – 3). The schools that are still growing will add a grade level each year until they reach capacity at K – 4. When you apply for a position with KIPP Chicago, you will be considered for openings at all campuses that match your prior experience.
Kindergarten teachers share their classrooms with Co-Teachers. Teachers at grades 1 – 4 are the only teachers in their classrooms for most of the day, with support from Paraprofessionals and Diverse Learners Teachers as required by students’ IEPs. Teachers in grades K – 2 teach all subjects, and teachers in grades 3 and 4 are departmentalized.
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.
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
The requirements for a Elementary Classroom Teacher are:
Bachelor’s degree (required)
Meet testing requirements of Illinois Charter Law (Test of Academic Proficiency 400 and the appropriate content-area test) (required)
Illinois teacher license (strongly preferred)
At least two years’ prior success teaching in urban communities (strongly 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).
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