Special Education Teacher (K-4, licensure required) – Helena, 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.
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.
Put plainly and simply, excellent KIPP teachers are committed to KIPP’s mission. This means they constantly pursue becoming a better person, just as they support students in this pursuit. They understand that their beliefs and character affect who they are, their impact on and relationships with others, their classroom environment, how they teach, and what they know.
KIPP Delta teachers are expected to pursue continuous improvement in their craft, to focus on achieving measureable success with our students, and to adopt a “whatever it takes” mindset to ensure that all of our students are on track to achieve.
KIPP Delta has an extended school day which runs from 7:15 am to 4:05 pm. Additionally, teachers are expected to attend a once weekly professional development session that runs until 6:00 pm on Wednesday evenings, and they are also expected to lead an off campus Field Lesson on one Saturday each month.
The Special Education Teacher (K-4) will be a member of the team at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
KIPP Delta Teachers are expected to build an 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
KIPP Delta Teachers are expected 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
KIPP Delta Teachers are expected to provide a positive, safe school experience for every student, every day:
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
A Teaching candidate must possess:
A Bachelor’s degree
A license to teach Special Education in the state of Arkansas
Experience working with children in a school, camp, or child-care setting
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 candidate will ideally possess:
Two or more years of teaching experience
A Master’s degree
KIPP Delta's salary schedule is available here.