KIPP Texas Public Schools is a nonprofit public charter school network, dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for college success and choice-filled lives. Today, KIPP Texas operates 59 public charter schools educating over 31,100 students across four regions – Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.
Family Engagement and Ownership
- Establish family volunteer program so that 70% of families volunteer at least 10 hours per semester and 25% of families volunteer, on average, at least 2 hours per week
- Establish KIPPster Family Association with at least 25% of families in monthly attendance
- Manage family facing communications such as newsletters, flyers, facebook
- Work with grade level leaders to plan special events and performances with at least 60% family attendance
- With grade level chairs, plan monthly achievement night with at least 40% family attendance
- Develop systems to ensure families receive communication around academics and character choices at least 2 times per month through goal folders. Work with grade level chairs to support teachers in meeting communication expectations.
- Develop systems to track family engagement in academic goals such as reading logs, sight words, weekly skills assessments and work with grade level chairs to support teachers in meeting communication expectations.
- Work with special population’s team, including to RTI team, to ensure 100% guardian attendance for ARD meetings, LPAC meetings, RTI meetings, and grade placement committee meetings.
Establishing, Maintaining, and Celebrating a Culture Rooted in Relationships and Restoration
- Lead school wide efforts in developing a restorative culture rooted in student achievement through family engagement
- Assisting teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans.
- Observing implementation of individual behavior plans for consistency and adjustments as needed.
- As needed, work directly with students in individual and small group settings with direct instruction on social skills and social emotional development
- Work closely and effectively with children who have/are experiencing trauma resulting in behavior challenges. Engage their families, along with mental health professionals, , to partner with behavioral health organizations and support services to execute individual individualized behavior interventions when needed.
- Manage social skills and mental health team.
- Coordinating re-entry meetings with school staff and families of KIPPsters who have been suspended
- Attend and turn- key professional development on restorative practices with our staff.
- Serve as advocate for core groups of KIPPsters to engage families and teachers effectively and meaningfully to support student success.
- Determine restorative actions and consequences for tier 3 choices
- Keeping accurate student discipline records, documenting all incident reports, conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior.
- Following KIPP Texas policies, determine in and out of school consequences
- Support student tier 2 and tier 3 choices, including out of class time with core group of students, in order to promote restorative culture
- Manage para-professional who responds to in-the-moment tier 2 and tier 3 needs
- Support operations staff in developing welcoming, affirming, and transparent environment that promotes restorative culture
Establishing, Maintaining, and Celebrating a School Wide Culture and Climate Where Kids Can Be Their Best
- Own the school’s character development program and ensure it builds and reinforces positive self-identity and necessary character strengths
- Partner with parents and families to build an authentic school-wide community, including organizing monthly Family Achievement Nights
- Lead recognition assemblies, parent academies, community meetings and other school-wide culture building activities
- Facilitate staff trainings on student-teacher relationships, classroom management, parent partnership and school culture
- Coordinate school wide character education programs
- Coordinate weekly celebration
- Coordinate weekly community meetings
- Working with and through advisory boards to build student culture and incentives
- Setting school wide culture goals, including parent engagement, designing systems to meet goals, tracking progress to goals, and designing celebrations and recognition.
Family Support and Access
- Coordinating translation of all documents including family communication, report cards, and homework
- Support teachers that are not bilingual in translating high stakes family phone calls and meetings
- Supporting social worker in accessing community resources for immediate and external family needs such as bus passes, holiday meals, clothing drives, and meals.
- Build and maintain family resources center with information on health, recreation, and other family needs.
- Meet regularly with culture team and middle school counterparts in order to ensure consistent educational experiences.
Community Partnerships and Service Learning
- Build at least 15 meaningful community partnerships in order to provide necessary resources to families and students
- Build volunteer mentorship program to have at least 15 regular volunteers each week
- Work with grade level chairs in order to coordinate 3 service learning projects per quarter
Ensure 93% student retention
- Analyze operational and academic data such as attendance, behavior, grades, etc. in order to identify at risk students. Lead family facing intervention efforts in order to ensure student needs are met.
- Develop systems for 100% home visit completion by October 15th and work with grade level chairs to meet training needs and hold teachers accountable to outcomes. Work with KTC in order to coordinate high school and college students as translators, as needed
- Serve as KTC (KIPP Through College) champion
- Supporting and promoting the educational and character education mission of the school.
- Setting a good example in terms of dress, punctuality, and attendance.
- Attending all team and staff meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree, required
- Experience as an elementary educator in a traditionally under resourced community for two or more years with demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth on formative assessments (norm- referenced and state), required
- Team or grade level leadership, required
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.