IMMEDIATE Middle School Interventionist

KIPP Foundation - Dallas, TX2.6

Position Reports To: SCHOOL LEADER
KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of five public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most underserved Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.

At KIPP DFW, 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. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.

The role of the Interventionist will work directly with all grade students who have struggled to display a mastery of the TEKS, as practiced within their classroom on a daily basis.
Beliefs: The Lead Teacher must believe that…
  • All children can and will learn.
  • Accountability starts and ends with me.
  • When there are problems, I find solutions.
  • When there is a better way, I find it. When a teammate needs help, I give. When I need help, I ask.
  • With deliberate practice, I can constantly become a better teacher.
  • I am a constant learner.
  • We are stronger as a team. I have a responsibility to my colleagues to be a contributor, not a contaminator.
Character: The Lead Teacher must…
  • Have grit. When he or she gets “stuck”, he/she works relentlessly to solve the problem.
  • Be zesty. He or she must find passion, joy, and adventure in our work.
  • Make decisions with students’ best interests in mind.
  • Demonstrate self-control, both work-related and inter-personal.
  • Keep commitments made to students, families, and colleagues
  • Express and maintain optimism about the future of our students and our schools.
  • Be dependable, organized, efficient, creative, flexible, and self-aware.
  • Be able to thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Be responsive; follows up and follow through with students, families, and faculty members.
  • Be inspirational and motivational.
  • Possess passionate and loving attitude toward all children.
  • Lead KIPP DFW team in strategic student data analysis, progress monitoring, and collaborative action planning.
  • Be goal-driven in instruction and focused on producing measurable results that close the achievement gap for ALL students.
  • Interact respectfully with students, parents and faculty members, even in challenging circumstances.
  • Create, utilize and reflect upon long-term plans, unit plans, unit assessments, and weekly lesson plans in instructional practice.
  • Planning, preparing and delivering appropriate lessons using a variety of presentation methods in order to keep students engaged and meet their individual needs.
  • Utilizing methods that make learning relevant to ALL students.
  • Articulately communicating higher level thinking strategies and problem solving techniques appropriate for challenging and building these skills in learners.
  • Creating and maintaining a positive environment that promotes good behavior and reflects IMPACT values.
  • Managing student behavior in the classroom and on school premises, and applying appropriate and effective measures in cases of misbehavior.
  • Informing and counseling students and parents when social issues arise, demonstrating a nurturing and concerned nature.
  • Collaborate with lead teachers to support students in the general education classroom through a variety of methods, including: co-teaching, push-in, pull-out, teacher professional development, etc.
  • Develop a strong knowledge of special education law, the Response to Intervention model, and IEP management.
  • Maintain compliance with any and all school, local, state, and federal legislation.
  • Maintain effective referral and Response to Intervention process for students considered at risk who have not been designated as having a disability.
  • Collaborate with special education teachers at KIPP DFW’s partner schools to streamline processes and service provision.
  • Communicate effectively with families, service providers, psychologists, school leader, and general education teachers to support the needs of students with special needs.
  • Set clear and measurable goals for students and consistently document progress towards meeting these goals.
  • Building relationships with parents by communicating frequently to inform them of student academic and personal growth.
  • Supporting and encouraging students on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties.
  • Correcting work and giving appropriate encouraging feedback.
  • Assessing student progress to inform students of growth and to modify instruction.
  • Recording, sharing, and posting grades.
  • Maintaining up-to-date records of students' progress and development.
  • Researching new topic areas and maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge.
  • Selecting and using a range of different learning resources and equipment to challenge and motivate students.
  • Preparing students for state and district mandated testing.
  • Participating in and organizing extracurricular activities.
  • Working honestly, enthusiastically, and collaboratively with peers in vertical and horizontal planning configurations.
  • Active and positive participation in departmental meetings, parent conferences, and whole school professional development.
  • Enthusiastically seeking regular observation and feedback, participating in regular professional development, and enthusiastically implementing action steps for continued growth.

Skills & Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree, required
  • Two years or more of teaching experience, required
  • History of demonstrated significant student achievement results, required
  • Meet the State of Texas’ qualifications for highly qualified teacher, required
  • Experience as a special educator in secondary classrooms or in a related capacity in a traditionally underserved community for two or more years, preferred
  • Demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth with students on IEP goals, benchmarks, standardized tests, fluency measures, and reading assessments (STEP, DRA, Fountas & Pinnell, etc.), preferred
  • State of Texas Special Education teaching certification, preferred
  • Leadership experience, preferred
  • Spanish-speaking proficiency, preferred

Work Schedule
  • Weekday hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm
  • Professional Development: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August
  • This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth academic calendar.
Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Physical Demands
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
  • Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
  • Position will require travel.
  • Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
General Sign-off
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.

Statement of Non-Discrimination
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.