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About KIPP: Together with families and communities, KIPP creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. KIPP is a national network of tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. There are 255 college-preparatory KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 100,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating four-year colleges at three times the national average for low-income students.

Who we are: KIPP Colorado Public Schools is a network of six  free college-preparatory public charter schools open to all students. Our 350-person staff educates 2,600 students from ECE to 12th grade. At KIPP Colorado, we partner with our KIPPsters, educators, families and communities to ensure that we are all united around the goal of a choice-filled future for our KIPPsters. Our KIPP Forward Team supports our 1,000+ high school Alumni as they create their own paths. Our core values of excellence, belonging, belief, advocacy and courage are central to who we are and how we operate at all levels of our organization.

What we do: We believe in the unique gifts and brilliance of every student. We believe in setting a high bar for joy and academic excellence to ensure the infinite possibilities our students have before them become a reality. We aspire to create and reinforce a culture of achievement, belonging and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.

About the Teaching Fellow role:

  • Teaching Fellows will provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for academic, emotional, physical, and social growth.
  • They will receive opportunities in the classroom and school in order to become excellent teachers under the guidance of one or more lead teachers and administrative staff.
  • Upon the completion of a successful year, Teaching Fellows will have the opportunity to become lead teachers in their second year.
  • Teaching Fellows report to their Lead Teacher.

Key Differences between Teaching Fellows and Lead Teachers:

  • A Teaching Fellow, unlike a Lead Teacher, does not have the direct responsibility of managing the learning and culture of the classroom.
  • At the start of the academic year, the Teaching Fellow will assume partial responsibility for long-term planning, daily planning, assessment creation, instruction and behavior management.
  • The Lead Teacher will support the Teaching Fellow in providing learning opportunities to develop in these areas, gradually releasing control to the Teaching Fellow.
  • By the end of the academic year, the Teaching Fellow will manage the majority of the planning, instruction and behavior management so that he/ she is ready to assume a Lead Teacher position the following academic year.


Role Responsibilities:

Instructional Planning and Delivery

  • In collaboration with the Lead Teacher, plan a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students
  • Create a classroom environment that is physically and culturally conducive to learning and is developmentally appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students
  • Prepare lessons that reflect best practices and accommodations for individual differences of students
  • Prepare for classes assigned and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisor
  • Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and, in harmony with the goals, establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to communicate these objectives to the students
  • Assess student learning in an ongoing manner while providing frequent student feedback, information to parents and written progress reports as directed by Mentor/Lead Teacher

Classroom Culture and Management

  • Encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
  • Maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner
  • Assist the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct

Collaboration and Academic Support

  • Collaborate with their Lead Teacher to ensure needs of all learners are met
  • Meet with the Lead Teacher to plan lessons and discuss upcoming classroom events
  • Observe lead teachers and debrief on classroom management and instructional strategies

School Culture Alignment

  • Believe deeply in the mission of KIPP Colorado Schools and that all children can learn
  • Establish and maintain relationships with students and families based on trust and respect
  • Approach practice with a sense of urgency to maximize instructional time
  • Establish and maintain high expectations for academic work and classroom behavior
  • Meet professional obligations such as meeting deadlines and honoring schedules

Constant Learning

  • Collaborate with colleagues and seek feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement
  • Assume personal responsibility for student achievement
  • Actively participate in professional development, grade level, and department meetings

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in active presence and strategic supervision and monitoring to ensure student safety and engagement in rigorous learning
  • Partner with the Assistant Principal of Special Services and Special Education Teachers to ensure proper implementation of 504s, BIPs, IEPs, safety plans, accommodations, modification, and language support for students.
  • Enforce positive behavior systems and monitor behavior data
  • Attend designated school functions outside of school hours (Back to School Night, Report Card Conferences, Community Events, etc.)
  • Perform necessary support duties including (but not limited to) bus, lunch, and dismissal duties,chaperone field trips.
  • Participate in parent meetings, conferences, and periodic evening events.
  • Develop strong relationships with the families of students through home visits, participation in school events and phone calls home
  • Communicate regularly with families about academic progress and behavior.
  • Be accessible by school cell phone for homework help and student emergencies beyond regular school hours.
  • Participate in daily duties (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dismissal) to support school operations.
  • Maintain accurate records, grade books, and data tracking systems.
  • Assist with both student and staff recruitment.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Believe deeply in the mission, values, and Race, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (RIDE) commitments of KIPP Colorado Schools and that all children can and will learn.
  • Providing an active presence, strategic supervision, and intentional monitoring to ensure student safety and engagement in rigorous learning (regardless of my role and its proximity to students)
  • Take ownership for the development of your craft (meet 1x/1-2 weeks with a manager, implement feedback, engage in active practice, etc.)
  • Meet professional obligations including and not limited to meeting deadlines and honoring schedules.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and seek feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement.
  • Reflect on professional practices to meet individual professional development goals.
  • Assume personal responsibility for student achievement.
  • Actively participate in professional development, grade level, and department meetings.
  • Actively engage in all school-wide professional development.
  • Serve as a positive, contributing member of a grade team, collaborating with colleagues to tackle common challenges and implement grade-wide initiatives.
  • Share candid, solutions-oriented feedback with peers and leadership on a regular basis.
  • Maintain strong attendance each day and be on time to all responsibilities
  • Assist with both student and staff recruitment.
  • Other duties as assigned

Teaching Fellow Role Level Specifics, Scope of Work, and Level of Responsibility For more about how you’ll lead at the Teaching Fellow level, please visit the KIPP Colorado Role Levels Matrix (this is an internal document, only).

Skills and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma (required), Associates or higher (preferred)
  • Student teaching and/ or paraprofessional experience (preferred)
  • Fulfill all state and federal guidelines to meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) criteria (required)
  • Ability to work during after-school, evening, and weekend meetings and events at the school (required)
  • A full understanding and Commitment to an Exceptional Student Experience (more about that HERE) (required)
  • Commitment to and experience with youth of various cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail; outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative and teamwork
  • Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work
  • Multi-faceted, multi-skilled, resourceful and willing to do whatever it takes to help the school reach a level of academic excellence
  • High level of detail orientation and sound excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication, feedback and facilitation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with the creativity and versatility to work productively in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment with a proven ability to meet and complete multiple deadlines and tasks with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships with
  • stakeholders across functional and organizational lines
  • Passionate commitment to KIPP Colorado mission and to high standards of excellence

Compensation and Benefits:

Employee retention and satisfaction is imperative for KIPP Colorado. We seek to provide competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

Competitive Market Salary: Starting salary for this role begins at $47,426 (and is non-negotiable and not based on experience) Please submit a comprehensive resume to assure all your experience is accounted for! (Tip: We don’t care if your resume is more than one page, we are eager to see and compensate you for all of your experience and  accomplishments.)

Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by KIPP Colorado and options for family enrollment and coverage, through United Healthcare.  Time Off !!!:  More than 6 weeks of annual vacation and Paid Time Off (PTO) Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of Paid Time Off (PTO)

All employees receive summer break through an Org closure,  based on work location and position
Access to Parental and medical leave: Includes 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks (after your first year).

  • Career Trajectory: Access to opportunity to to move up, across schools, and grow your career and weekly coaching session to refine your craft.
  • Mental Health Care: Immediate and ongoing access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Technology & Access: Equipment provided: laptop &  phone
  • Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
  • Move to Join Us: Relocation reimbursement (when applicable)
  • Additional Pay: Most school offer various stipend opportunities
  • All the Insurance Options: Wellness reimbursement
    Voluntary employee, spousal, and child life insurance
    Voluntary long term disability insurance
    Voluntary short term disability insurance
    Optional Basic Life and AD&D Insurance

All the Info: For more information, you can view our benefits FAQ here .

KIPP Colorado Schools is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP Colorado Schools, KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, KIPP Northeast Elementary, KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.

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