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High School College Seminar Teacher (23-24) at Kipp Houston Public Schools

High School College Seminar Teacher (23-24)

Kipp Houston Public Schools Dallas, TX (Onsite) Full-Time
Company Description

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. 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 communities.

Job Description

KIPP Forward College Seminar Teachers works as part of the KIPP Forward/college counseling team at KIPP Pleasant Grove Middle School. They are responsible for teaching a college counseling curriculum for high school juniors and seniors that will support them in applying for best-fit colleges and certification programs. In addition to teaching, the Seminar teacher also works closely with academic teachers, parents, students and universities to ensure our students are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully matriculate to and thrive in college until they graduate. The Seminar Teacher is also responsible for helping organize all of the college counseling activities on the KIPP Pleasant Grove Middle School campus, including but not limited to scheduling college visits, writing counselor recommendations, managing the transfer of student documents to colleges, planning and delivering parent meetings.

This position is ideal for applicants who have at least 2 years of experience teaching in a high school, have had college counseling experience and are passionate about increasing college access for traditionally underserved students through college counseling and advising. This position works out of the KIPP Forward classroom at KIPP Pleasant Grove Middle School.

Key Responsibilities

? Teach junior/senior seminar class, a college readiness course focusing on the career planning, college application and matriculation process

? Assist in developing curriculum and a scope and sequence for junior and senior seminar lesson plans and assessments

? Establish and maintain relationships/partnerships with colleges and universities, outreach programs and scholarship organizations

? Actively research all aspects of college placement: financial aid, scholarships, applications, and admissions standards and share information with students

? Support in administration of the TSI and ACT assessments

? Collect, maintain, and share application and enrollment data with high school leadership

? Advocate for seniors with college admissions and financial aid offices

? Schedule and develop parent information workshops and one-on-one decision meetings

? Manage student and college data in college and persistence tracking systems

? Assist the Director of KIPP Forward with projects as they arise

Skills and Qualifications

? Prior experience teaching high school students (especially first-generation) preferred.

? Strong understanding of the college application process and experience working with students preferred

? Strong working knowledge in all Google suite programs: Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms

? Ability to work with faculty, families, students, and community partners.

? Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that is deadline driven.

? Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students preferred

? Strong communication skills; fluency in Spanish preferred

? Implement classroom management practices that are consistent with the culture of the school.

? Flexibility and ability to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions.

Required Education and/or Experience:

? Bachelor's degree (required)

? Two years teaching experience (preferred)

Physical Requirements:

? The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

? Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer/laptop

? Attending conferences or training sessions

Work Environment:

? Staff will work daily at KIPP Pleasant Grove Middle School throughout the school year

? Staff will participate in professional development over the summer

? Staff may have some flexibility to work from home periodically throughout the summer

Travel Requirements:

? Travel typically happens for professional development purposes in the summer. No more than three weeks per year

Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas' benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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