The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) began in 1995 when two Teach for America corps alumni, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched an intensive 5th grade academic program at Houston's Garcia Elementary School. Feinberg and Levin's students achieved such academic success that the following year Feinberg founded KIPP academy Houston and Levin founded KIPP Academy in the South Bronx, NY. Their schools' successes received national attention when the television program 60 Minutes aired a special on the KIPP schools.
In 2000, Don and Doris Fisher, founders of GAP, Inc., formed a unique partnership with Feinberg and Levin to replicate the success of KIPP. Stemming from the belief that great schools require great leaders, they established a school leadership training program called the Fisher Fellowship Program. The program recruits, selects, and trains excellent educators to plan, open, and lead their own KIPP schools.
Today, there are 45 KIPP schools in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory charter schools in Washington D.C, which serve the citys under-resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college.
We are looking for highly dedicated educators who preferably have two years of teaching experience in urban settings and who undoubtedly have a whatever it takes attitude to help children succeed.
Middle School Teacher Mathematics
Middle School Teacher Science
Middle School Teacher Writing
Middle School Teacher Reading
Middle School Teacher Special Education
Middle School Social Worker
Middle / Elementary School Speech Language Therapist
Elementary School Teacher Pre-K
Start Date: June 28, 2007
Teaching at KIPP DC Schools
KIPP teachers are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, rigorous instruction in their content areas that produces unmatched results and student understanding. Teachers will perform additional duties and do whatever it takes for all KIPP students to learn.
Teaching hours at KIPP DC schools:
- Weekday hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Summer school is held for 3 weeks during July.
KIPP students receive an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life. The KIPP DC community holds one another to high standards, cognizant that success and happiness can be achieved by all, regardless of challenging circumstances, through team work, tenacity and focused dedication. Almost one hundred percent of the student body is African American, and more than 80% qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program. Sixteen percent of students receive special education services.
KIPP students attend school Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays until 3:00 p.m., from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. three Saturdays each month, and for one month during the summer. On average, KIPP DC students spend 40% more time in the classroom than their peers in the D.C. Public School System.
The incorporation of mandatory summer school, Saturday school, and extended hours during the week allows KIPP schools to develop creative programming. During the summer, new students are initiated into the routines, procedures, and high expectations of the school while returning students participate in remediation and enrichment activities.
Teachers are required to:
Believe deeply in the mission and values of KIPP and subscribe to KIPP's Five Pillars
Hold high expectations for each student
Possess a strong knowledge of content area
Demonstrate strong pedagogy
Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
Exhibit positive rapport with students
Create and foster a positive learning environment
Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents
Be available for Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events involving parents
Assist in development of curriculum standards and mapping
Maintain a neat, clean classroom environment and a professional personal appearance
Serve on school committees as needed
Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
Remain on call in the evenings (via school cell phone) to provide student support
Pass a criminal background check, as required by law
Qualifications for teaching posts at KIPP DC:
At least two years of teaching experience (Preferred)
Bachelors degree (Required)
Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)
Commitment to working with underserved students (Required)
Experience teaching in a public middle school (Preferred)
Experience teaching in an urban school (Preferred)
Compensation & Benefits:
Salary is based on the public school pay scale in Washington, DC, with additional compensation for the extra teaching hours required.
The competitive benefits package includes life, medical, dental and vision insurance, and a 403b plan.
KIPP DC is a Charter School organization
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