Teaching Assistant (Multiple Openings, Pre-K through 12th for 2013-2014)
KIPP Delta - Helena, AR

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Teaching Assistant –

Helena, AR and Blytheville, AR

About KIPP Delta Public Schools:

The mission of KIPP Delta Public Schools is to create and support schools that empower students from underserved communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity.

We are a growing network of public schools offering a free, college-preparatory education to children in the Arkansas Delta. Across our four schools in Helena and Blytheville, we currently serve over 1,120 students and 80 alumni.

Position Overview:

At KIPP Delta, we believe excellent teaching means students learn, grow, and achieve transformative life outcomes. We are always looking for passionate, committed educators with the beliefs and character that will sustain them in the work of excellent teaching.

Teaching Assistants (TA’s) provide crucial support to students, teachers, and grade-level teams at each of our four schools, in both Blytheville and Helena, and across all grade-levels, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The responsibilities of a TA include small group instruction and assessment, co-teaching, substitute teaching, and support with classroom culture. Therefore, we count on TA’s to focus relentlessly on student growth and achievement, and to continually pursue the personal and professional development that will allow them to better serve our students.

Depending on the grade-level with which each TA works, a TA will report to a Teacher, a Grade-Level Chair, or an Assistant Principal. TA’s are expected to be on campus from 7:15 am through 4:45 pm each school day, Monday through Friday. Additionally, TA’s are expected to attend after-school professional development once weekly (until 6:00 pm) and on one Saturday morning each month (from 9:00 am through 11:30 am). TA’s are also expected to help lead one Saturday morning Field Lesson or Community Service Day each month.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist teachers and grade-level teams in creating, maintaining, and improving exemplary classroom culture:

Consistently communicate the key messages: 1) This is important 2) You can do it with hard work 3) I will not give up on you 4) We will help each other

Provide real-time and specific affirming and adjusting feedback about academics and character to students

Ensure that goals, big and small, matter to students and their families

Implement a classroom behavior management plan with the goal of 100% of students meeting 100% of the expectations 100% of the time

React with speed and decisiveness when behavior does not meet expectations

Use a calm, firm, and convincing tone when addressing inappropriate behavior

Exude a love of teaching and learning through facial expressions, tone, and actions

Assist teachers and grade-level teams to ensure that each student meets their individual goals for growth and achievement:

Regularly track and communicate progress with students and their families

Deliver content in a well-organized, clear, accessible manner while highlighting key points

Notice and address student confusion

Insist on all-the-way correct answers from students orally and in writing, providing the appropriate feedback to students who give partial answers or incorrect answers

Provide each student with timely, structured academic feedback – verbally and in writing

Assess students against each lesson’s learning objectives to inform teaching and remediation

Assist teachers and grade-level teams in providing a positive, safe school experience for every student, every day:

Substitute for Teachers or other Teaching Assistants on an as needed basis

Help plan for and lead students during off campus Field Lessons or Community Service Days on one Saturday each month

Ensure that classrooms are continuously maintained to be clean, organized, and inviting

Fulfill regular duties to aid with student arrival, dismissal, and the transition to after-school activities

Act upon a commitment to do “whatever it takes” to ensure that each student has a positive, safe school experience

Candidate Profile:

A Teaching Assistant candidate must possess:

An Associate’s degree

Experience working with children in a school or child-care setting

Humility

Self-Awareness

The ability to receive and act upon adjusting feedback

Unwavering belief in and passion for the mission of KIPP Delta Public Schools

A commitment to continually developing the character strengths of grit, zest, optimism, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, and curiosity in all students and one’s self

A Teaching Assistant candidate will ideally possess:

A degree in a teaching, education, or child development related field

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Experience as a Teaching Assistant or Teacher

A passing score on the Praxis I exam

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