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Primary Capital Teaching Resident

KIPP DC

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of 20 schools educating 7,300 students and employing 1,300 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and supports for teachers. We are seeking teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.

The Capital Teaching Residency is a nationally recognized, highly selective teacher training program that provides a pathway for new teachers to develop into outstanding educators. The Capital Teaching Residency is a cornerstone program of KIPP DC. KIPP DC schools educate and support students in the District of Columbia who have historically had limited access to high quality educational options. Equipped with a KIPP DC education, our alumni are empowered to be successful in college, careers, and life. As a Capital Teaching Resident, you play an active role in our mission.

Job Description
The Capital Teaching Residency is a three year program. Residents spend the first year of this commitment—their residency year—training in a KIPP DC classroom with a lead teacher and completing relevant coursework. The majority of primary residents work in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade, while a small number are assigned to second through fourth grade. Through our gradual release model, residents are set up for success by becoming an integral part of their school community and gaining more responsibility in their classroom over time. Residents have the opportunity to obtain their DC teacher licensure.

At the end of the residency year, residents who have completed all program requirements have the opportunity to interview for lead teacher positions at KIPP DC or one of our partner public charter schools in the District. These residents commit to two additional years of teaching beyond their residency year.

Key Responsibilities:

Follow a gradual release model, taking on increasingly more and different classroom responsibilities throughout the school year as determined by classroom need and resident performance
Internalize and teach clear and concise developmentally-appropriate content to support student learning
Gather resources and prepare materials to ensure strong student engagement in lessons
Track, analyze, and use data to drive teaching and instruction
Implement school-wide student culture policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
Conduct purposeful observations of lead and other excellent teachers
Participate in regular meetings with lead teacher and school coach, grade level meetings, and network wide professional development
Attend and actively participate in certification classes 1-2 nights per week facilitated by the Capital Teaching Residency team and complete 6-8 certification assignments and projects throughout the year
Take and pass required Praxis certification examinations required for DC teaching licensure
Participate in and implement feedback from observations, evaluations, and feedback meetings with school leaders and the Capital Teaching Residency team
Take on additional responsibilities throughout the school as needed
Qualifications
A belief that all students have the right to a high quality education
A belief that educators play an integral role in students’ success
Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families
Successful track record of collaboratively working and building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
Receives and reflects on feedback, while demonstrating an eagerness to grow
Shows initiative in generating ideas and solutions; solves problems and achieves results beyond what is expected
Quickly and positively accepts and adapts to new responsibilities
Excellent time management skills and a detail- and results-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the job done
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by June 2022
Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0

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