KIPP Colorado Schools - Denver, CO

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KIPP Colorado Schools

High School Special Education Teaching Positions for 2013-2014

At KIPP Colorado Schools, demographics don’t determine destiny. Our teachers do.

Who we are: KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of three high-performing college-preparatory public charter schools. Next year, we will serve grades 9-12 at our high school campus in southwest Denver; grades 5, 6, and 7 at our growing KIPP Montbello College Prep campus; and grades 5-8 at KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy.

What we do: We do whatever it takes to help our students develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits that will allow them to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. We work relentlessly so that every one of our students has the opportunity to attend college and has access to the life of choice and opportunity that college provides.

How we do it: There are no shortcuts to success. Outstanding educators, rigorous lessons, more time in school, and strong school culture support our students as they climb the mountain to college. We work as a team, regularly use data, and constantly reflect to improve our practice.

Why it matters: In our communities, approximately 1 in 10 students earn a college degree. We believe that this is unjust and unacceptable and, most importantly, can be changed. Nationwide, over 85% of KIPP middle school alums matriculate to college. At KIPP Colorado Schools, choice and commitment means that you will work with a team of educators who share your dedication to closing the achievement gap and getting our students to college. Our focus on results and more time in class are foundational to our students’ success.

Teacher Responsibilities:

Instructional Planning and Delivery
Lead intervention classes for students as designated by their IEPs.
• Collaborate with general education teachers to ensure all students' IEP needs are met.

Develop standards-based unit plans and daily lesson plans.
• Apply the 5-step lesson cycle to design rigorous lesson plans with SMART objectives.
• Design and implement assessments that are aligned with daily objectives.
• Use data to adjust short- and long-term plans in order to meet students’ learning needs.
Constant Learning
Collaborate with colleagues and seek feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement.
• Reflect on instructional practices to meet individual professional development goals.
• Assume personal responsibility for student achievement.
• Actively participate in professional development, grade level, and department meetings.
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.
• Establish and reinforce rules and consequences to maintain positive, focused classroom.
• Meet professional obligations such as meeting deadlines and honoring schedules.
Additional Responsibilities
Conduct periodic home visits to build strong relationships with students and parents.
• 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 parent meetings, conferences, and periodic evening events.
• Coordinate and lead field lessons both in and out of state to extend student learning.
• Participate in daily duties (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dismissal) to support school operations.
• Maintain accurate records, grade book, and data tracking systems.
• Assist with both student and staff recruitment.
Bachelor’s degree
• Fulfill all state and federal guidelines to meet "Highly Qualified" criteria
• Able and willing to work extended school day hours
• Commitment to and experience with underserved students (at least 2 years of teaching experience highly preferred)
Relentless focus on results and a commitment to teamwork
Physical and Mental Demands

Ability to adjust to the eye and bring an object into focus; judge distance (close and distant)

Ability to reach with arms extended and use hands to manipulate a keyboard

Ability to see for purpose of reading printed matter

Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels

Ability to communicate so that others are able to clearly understand a normal conversation

Ability to operate office equipment

Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, bend, climb, and/or be mobile

Ability to input data into a computer

Ability to stand for extended periods of time

Ability to work under stressful conditions and irregular hours

Emotional stability and personal maturity are important requirements of this position.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and record of results with students
• Competitive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, participation in PERA, and optional life insurance and 401K plan.
• All staff members are issued a laptop computer and cell phone.
• Numerous professional growth and leadership opportunities within KIPP Colorado Schools.
KIPP Colorado Schools is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP Colorado Schools, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, KIPP Montbello College Prep, and KIPP Denver Collegiate High School provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to gender, age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, or disability. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.