KIPP Delta College Preparatory School: Long-Term Substitute Teacher – Helena, AR

Author - February 7, 2016

Long-Term Substitute Teacher at KIPP Delta, we believe excellent teaching means students learn, grow, and achieve transformative life outcomes. We are always looking for passionate, committed educators with the beliefs and character that will sustain them in this work.

Put plainly and simply, excellent KIPP teachers are committed to KIPP’s mission. This means they constantly pursue becoming a better person, just as they support students in this pursuit. They understand that their beliefs and character affect who they are, their impact on and relationships with others, their classroom environment, how they teach, and what they know.

KIPP Delta teachers are expected to pursue continuous improvement in their craft, to focus on achieving measurable success with our students, and to adopt a “whatever it takes” mindset to ensure that all of our students are on track to achieve.

KIPP Delta has an extended school day which runs from 8:00 am to 4:05 pm. Additionally, teachers are expected to attend a once weekly professional development session that runs until 6:00 pm on Wednesday evenings and they are also expected to report to work on one Saturday each month.

Long-Term Substitute Teacher Candidate Profile:

  • A Teaching candidate must possess:
    • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.
    • Experience working with children in a school, camp, or child-care setting
    • Humility
    • Self-Awareness
    • The ability to receive and act upon adjusting feedback
    • Unwavering belief in and passion for the mission of KIPP Delta Public Schools
    • A commitment to continually developing the character strengths of grit, zest, optimism, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, and curiosity in all students and one’s self

Duties and Responsibilities of Long-Term Substitute Teacher:

KIPP Delta Teachers are expected to build an exemplary classroom culture:

  • Consistently communicate the key messages: 1) This is important 2) You can do it with hard work 3) I will not give up on you 4) We will help each other
  • Provide real-time and specific affirming and adjusting feedback about academics and character to students
  • Ensure that goal, big and small, matter to students and their families
  • Implement a classroom behavior management plan with the goal of 100% of students meeting 100% of the expectations 100% of the time
  • React with speed and decisiveness when behavior does not meet expectations
  • Use a calm, firm, and convincing tone when addressing inappropriate behavior
  • Exude a love of teaching and learning through facial expressions, tone, and actions

KIPP Delta Teachers are expected to ensure that each student meets their Long-Term Substitute Teacher individual goals for growth and achievement:

  • Regularly track and communicate progress with students and their families
  • Deliver content in a well-organized, clear, accessible manner while highlighting key points
  • Notice and address student confusion
  • Insist on all-the-way correct answers from students orally and in writing, providing the appropriate feedback to students who give partial answers or incorrect answers
  • Provide each student with timely, structured academic feedback – verbally and in writing
  • Assess students against each lesson’s learning objectives to inform teaching and remediation
  • KIPP Delta Teachers are expected to provide a positive, safe school experience for every student, every day:
  • Help plan for and lead students during off-campus Field Lessons or Community Service Days on one Saturday each month
  • Ensure that classrooms are continuously maintained to be clean, organized, and inviting
  • Fulfill regular duties to aid with student arrival, dismissal, and the transition to after-school activities
  • Act upon a commitment to do “whatever it takes” to ensure that each student has a positive, safe school experience

Our Mission and Impact:

With a mission to create and support schools that empower students from underserved communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity, KIPP Delta boasts a 99% college acceptance rate for its high school seniors and a college persistence rate of 83%. To put things in perspective, the national average of low-income students graduating from college within six years is 10%. KIPP Delta’s founding class is on track to quadruple that figure. Additionally, KIPP Delta’s six graduating classes have earned over $5million in college scholarships. For more information about the organization please visit www.kippdelta.org.

About KIPP Delta Public Schools:

Founded in 2002, KIPP Delta Public Schools aspire to create a paradigm shift for underserved populations in the Arkansas Delta by establishing centers of academic excellence that will compete with the top educational programs in the country. As a growing network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools, KIPP Delta serves more than 1,400 students across six schools in Helena, Blytheville, and Forrest City, Arkansas.

The KIPP Delta team believes in and pursues a “big goal” that the students we serve will graduate from college at the same rate (80%) as students from top-income quintile households across the nation. As the staff lives out the KDPS values of High Expectations, going “Beyond Z,” and Humility, each of our students will be prepared for success in college and life. KIPP Delta Public Schools is helping all students climb the mountain to and through college.

Job Title Long-Term Substitute Teacher
Organization KIPP Delta College Preparatory School
Grade: 5; 6; 7; 8
Preferred Locations Helena, AR
Type Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Contact Aisha Richardson
Email careers@kippdelta.org

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