Nov 19, 2019
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools Dallas, TX Type: Leadership & Support Staff Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time Start Date: 2020-21 School Year Subject: Grade: K; 1; 2; 3; 4 Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools Preferred Locations: Contact: Email: Job Title: DEAN OF CULTURE AND STUDENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT FLSA Status: EXEMPT Department: KIPP DALLAS-FORT WORTH Position Reports To: SCHOOL LEADER KIPP DFW OVERVIEW KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in under resourced communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of five public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most under resourced Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021. At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education - and the future of inner-city children - KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence. POSITION OVERVIEW KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth seeks creative, entrepreneurial, loving, and results-focused candidates who thrive on challenge and welcome the opportunity to be a part of a culture of continuous feedback, professional development, and innovation both inside and outside the classroom. We seek dedicated professionals with a passion for both education and social justice, who are willing to do whatever it takes to help our kids climb the mountain to and through college. The Dean of Culture and KIPPster and Family Services is responsible for the development and implementation of restorative practices at KIPP through strong cultural routines and rituals across the grade level, managing a team of mental health specialists, creating opportunities for increased mentorship and community support, and meaningfully engaging our families within our school community. We believe that being part of the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth team and family means... A commitment to long-term transformative outcomes for ALL kids founded in the belief that all children can and will learn. We know the ultimate measure of our success is the lives our kids are able to lead. We are part of a broader community. We know that it takes a village and actively learn and seek partnerships that will support our kids and our mission. In particular, we know that our parents and families are the most valuable partnerships we have in this work. We recognize challenges and obstacles to our vision. We creatively problem solve and find a way or make one to get our students what they need. Teaching is not an individual endeavor. We teach as part of a team. Recognizing our collective effort, a student's family must also teach our kids as well. We are eager and continuous learners. With deliberate practice, giving and receiving feedback, and constant reflection, we are all able to improve and move towards excellence. We must know our kids and our content to be exceptional teachers and continually strive to have a better understanding of both. We know that our students are people first, and demonstrate respect and love for the people they are and will become. We recognize the impact that our own background has on our story and what bring us to the work. We push ourselves to discuss how our biases are impacting our work and our relationships. Education, like anything else, is built on relationships. We work to create bonds with each other, our families, our community and our kids by being kind, loving, and having a sincere desire to understand others. We know that every day will not be our best or our neighbor's best. We demonstrate the professional maturity to address what needs to be addressed, reflect and improve, and are able to separate ourselves from our work. Joy. We are lucky enough to do the hardest, most fun work imaginable. People should have their noses pressed up against the glass, begging for our jobs. Our students and their parents should know that we absolutely love what we do. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Under the supervision and direction of the Principal, the Dean of Culture and Student and Family Services is responsible for: Family Engagement and Ownership Establish family volunteer program so that 70% of families volunteer at least 10 hours per semester and 25% of families volunteer, on average, at least 2 hours per week Establish KIPPster Family Association with at least 25% of families in monthly attendance Manage family facing communications such as newsletters, flyers, facebook Work with grade level leaders to plan special events and performances with at least 60% family attendance With grade level chairs, plan monthly achievement night with at least 40% family attendance Develop systems to ensure families receive communication around academics and character choices at least 2 times per month through goal folders. Work with grade level chairs to support teachers in meeting communication expectations. Develop systems to track family engagement in academic goals such as reading logs, sight words, weekly skills assessments and work with grade level chairs to support teachers in meeting communication expectations. Work with special populations team, including to RtI team, to ensure 100% guardian attendance for ARD meetings, LPAC meetings, RtI meetings, and grade placement committee meetings. Establishing, Maintaining, and Celebrating a Culture Rooted in Relationships and Restoration Lead school wide efforts in developing a restorative culture rooted in student achievement through family engagement Assisting teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans. Observing implementation of individual behavior plans for consistency and adjustments as needed. As needed, work directly with students in individual and small group settings with direct instruction on social skills and social emotional development Work closely and effectively with children who have/are experiencing trauma resulting in behavior challenges. Engage their families, along with mental health professionals, , to partner with behavioral health organizations and support services to execute individual individualized behavior interventions when needed. Manage social skills and mental health team. Coordinating re-entry meetings with school staff and families of KIPPsters who have been suspended Attend and turn- key professional development on restorative practices with our staff. Serve as advocate for core groups of KIPPsters to engage families and teachers effectively and meaningfully to support student success. Determine restorative actions and consequences for tier 3 choices Keeping accurate student discipline records, documenting all incident reports, conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior. Following KIPP DFW policies, determine in and out of school consequences Support student tier 2 and tier 3 choices, including out of class time with core group of students, in order to promote restorative culture Manage para-professional who responds to in-the-moment tier 2 and tier 3 needs Support operations staff in developing welcoming, affirming, and transparent environment that promotes restorative culture Establishing, Maintaining, and Celebrating a School Wide Culture and Climate Where Kids Can Be Their Best Own the school's character development program and ensure it builds and reinforces positive self-identity and necessary character strengths Partner with parents and families to build an authentic school-wide community, including organizing monthly Family Achievement Nights Lead recognition assemblies, parent academies, community meetings and other school-wide culture building activities Facilitate staff trainings on student-teacher relationships, classroom management, parent partnership and school culture Coordinate school wide character education programs Coordinate weekly celebration Coordinate weekly community meetings Working with and through advisory boards to build student culture and incentives Setting school wide culture goals, including parent engagement, designing systems to meet goals, tracking progress to goals, and designing celebrations and recognition. Family Support and Access Coordinating translation of all documents including family communication, report cards, and homework Support teachers that are not bilingual in translating high stakes family phone calls and meetings Supporting social worker in accessing community resources for immediate and external family needs such as bus passes, holiday meals, clothing drives, and meals. Build and maintain family resources center with information on health, recreation, and other family needs. Meet regularly with culture team and middle school counterparts in order to ensure consistent educational experiences. Community Partnerships and Service Learning Build at least 15 meaningful community partnerships in order to provide necessary resources to families and students Build volunteer mentorship program to have at least 15 regular volunteers each week Work with grade level chairs in order to coordinate 3 service learning projects per quarter Ensure 93% student retention at KIPP DFW Analyze operational and academic data such as attendance, behavior, grades, etc. in order to identify at risk students. Lead family facing intervention efforts in order to ensure student needs are met. Develop systems for 100% home visit completion by October 15 th and work with grade level chairs to meet training needs and hold teachers accountable to outcomes. Work with KTC in order to coordinate high school and college students as translators, as needed Serve as KTC champion at KIPP Truth Elementary to support to and through college efforts at KTE Professional responsibilities Supporting and promoting the educational and character education mission of the school. Setting a good example in terms of dress, punctuality, and attendance. Attending all team and staff meetings. Skills & Qualifications Bachelor's degree, required Experience as an elementary educator in a traditionally under resourced community for two or more years with demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth on formative assessments (norm- referenced and state), required Team or grade level leadership, required Spanish-speaking proficiency, highly preferred Work Schedule Weekday hours are from 7AM to 5:00PM This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth academic calendar. Compensation Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Physical Demands The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25 lbs. is required. There will be continued use of hands, wrist and arm movements. Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing. Position will require limited travel. Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP team/mission (such as assembling lunches or rearranging lightweight furniture) is required. Statement of Non-Discrimination KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. Genera l Sign-Off The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.