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The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a free, public charter school serving more than 1,200 students in 5th through 12th grades. Focused on student achievement and strong character, the school’s mission is summarized in three words: create college graduates. The school serves a student population of which 87% qualify for free and reduced lunch and 90% identify as students of color. Students are accepted by a lottery that prioritizes the six highest-need zip codes within the district. In 2019, 2020 and 2021, 100% of students in each graduating class earned at least one acceptance to a college or university – we believe this provides true choice and opportunity as students pursue post-secondary goals. More than 70% of our students identify as first in their families to attend college.
The Kauffman School seeks results-driven and culturally responsive educators to join its team – we anchor ourselves around four guiding principles about what it means to be culturally responsive educators and create a school with strong student and staff culture:
- Belief and Connection: We show belief in every student through setting and holding them to high expectations while building relationships. We build connections and relationships with each student side by side by providing excellent rigorous content in order to value the individual child. We do not allow differences in identity or our personal biases to cause us to lower expectations because we know that when supported, our students can achieve.
- Clear is Kind: We show care through direct and clear communication of our high expectations rather than allowing them to ‘slip through the cracks’ by assuming they will know how to meet our standards without telling them. We also know that one of our roles is preparing our children for a world as college students/graduates that might play by different “rules” than they have previously experienced and it is our job to help them understand how to navigate, challenge the norms of, and dismantle that world.
- Intent and Impact: All of our actions are executed with the purpose and intent to empower every student to reach their full potential. We also believe that as educators, we are called to assess the impact of our actions and adjust course if they are not meeting the intent. Positive intent cannot mean we ignore the impact of actions and we believe continually assessing and reassessing practices to ensure they are effective is a critical reflection process to ensure we are being culturally responsive.
- Cultural Context + Critical Thinking: We approach rigorous learning as an activity that is responsive to students’ cultural contexts and pushes them to think critically. We seek opportunities for them to engage with and respond to the world around them - both in their immediate lives and in their broader society - while being pushed intellectually at all times.
With a focus on catered development to a beginning teacher’s needs, the Teaching Fellow role allows new teachers at the Kauffman School to receive coaching and mentoring from an exemplary mentor teacher. Working with students and in a classroom each day, the Teaching Fellow moves through various development cycles: observing a mentor teacher, practicing with a mentor teacher, delivering parts of the lesson, receiving feedback and coaching about instructional practices and delivery. At times, Teaching Fellows will begin the year fully teaching and leading their own classroom, while in other instances, Teaching Fellows will develop under a mentor teacher for a period of time. Teaching Fellows at the Kauffman School do not need a full Missouri teaching license to be hired – the path to certification options will be discussed during the interview process. This is a full-time, exempt position.
Teachers in the Kauffman Schools are not classroom teachers, but rather subject teachers who focus on a content-specific subject matter. Because we are a growing charter network, our application and interview process identifies candidates who would be great teachers, no matter the content or grade level. Know that your grade-level preferences will be a point of discussion in future conversations and interviews, and we value teachers being flexible in both content and grade preferences.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
Curriculum Design, Instruction, and Student Assessment
- Develop and adapt curriculum aligned with state and common core standards
- Design assessments and use data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
- Approach practice with a sense of urgency, maximizing every minute with students
- Collaborate with content and grade-level teams to promote an environment of critical thinking and academic rigor
- Differentiate plans for individual students based on their unique learning profiles so that all students are engaged and challenged
- Deliver content and instruction to students as assigned with purpose, passion, and a willingness to do “whatever it takes” to help students succeed
Building School Culture
- Use your own authentic teacher persona to build strong relationships with students and engage students in deep learning
- Believe deeply in the mission of the Kauffman School and that all children can meet high academic expectations
- Discuss, celebrate, and reinforce the school’s PREP (Perseverance, Results, Empathy, Passion) values
- Implement school-wide behavior management system consistently with all students
- Be accountable for student’s mastery of academic standards
- Embrace feedback and constructive criticism in the spirit of constant improvement
- Demonstrate maturity, humility, professionalism, confidence, and a strong work ethic inside and outside the classroom
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Student teaching or prior teaching experience preferred with low-income, minority, or historically underachieving students, with a record of exemplary results
- A desire to pursue a route to certification if not already licensed
- Commitment and complete belief in the Kauffman School’s mission and organizational success
- Personal qualities of maturity, humility, self-reflection, strong work ethic, and “whatever it takes” attitude
- Ability to take feedback well and implement changes immediately
- Acute attention to detail coupled with the ability to think and act strategically
- Entrepreneurial energy and ambition necessary for leading a startup
- Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures
This role requires the ability to work at the location as assigned by the School (e.g., on-site or remote) and the ability to accept re-assignment to an alternative work location as determined by the School.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
The Kauffman School offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with relevant experience and anticipated duties and responsibilities, including comprehensive health benefits.
Interested applicants should complete a formal application through the Kauffman School Careers page at http://www.kauffmanschool.org/.
The Kauffman School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, welcoming people to flourish in an open and inclusive work environment. A diverse pool of candidates is welcomed and encouraged.
Job Type: Full-time
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Relocation assistance
- Vision insurance
- 10 hour shift
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Kansas City, MO: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)
Work Location: One location
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999