Kinder Co-Teacher - IDEA Hardy Academy (Immediate Opening)

Para-Professional Houston, Texas


Description

Position at IDEA Public Schools

IDEA Public Schools 

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! 

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)! 

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video 

About Greater Houston

IDEA Greater Houston Area was announced in 2017 and we are preparing for a rapid expansion plan. Houston is known for being one of the most diverse cities in America, yet children of color and children living in poverty continue to lack access to the highest quality schools. We are the fourth largest city, with more than 51 independent public school districts and the home base for two fantastic public charter school operators, Yes Prep and KIPP Texas-Houston.

Houston’s reputation is based on economic opportunity and affordable living with a massive sprawl that exceeds the size of New Hampshire. Despite the presence of great public charter schools and a strong district magnet schools system, the need for more great schools is ever present. IDEA Greater Houston Area will help solve the challenge to offer more children a choice-filled life through a transformational public education.  

Fully cognizant of the need across the Greater Houston Area, IDEA Public Schools  will launch with a commitment to open our first four schools in 2020 and follow with an ambitious growth plan to grow to 20 schools by 2025-26 and ultimately serve 15,000 students once fully enrolled

Role Mission: IDEA Academy co-teachers learn instructional strategies and develop their teaching skills in order to provide highly effective instruction to IDEA students. IDEA co-teachers implement Direct Instruction Curriculum (DI) and are responsible for student instruction under the guidance of an IDEA teacher and assistant principal of instruction. DI co-teachers use clear instruction and always teach to mastery. This means that teachers do not move on in the lesson until students have grasped the content they need to know. Groups are organized by level, so that every student can learn at their own pace.  

Responsibilities:  

  • Implement state learning standards and IDEA curricula and assessments to meet ambitious academic expectations 
  • Submit weekly lesson plans two weeks in advance for feedback 
  • Implement formal and informal assessments to track each individual student’s progress and learning needs, adjust lesson plans accordingly and update gradebook weekly 
  • Communicate students’ progress with student and family on a weekly basis 
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage work related tasks. 
  • Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to campus- wide initiatives while developing students’ character and sense of community in the classroom 
  • Help shape and develop a school wide culture that fosters a productive and enthusiastic learning environment for each student 
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.  
  • Host necessary tutoring sessions to meet all students’ needs 
  • Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions 
  • Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development 
  • Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week 

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students. 

Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 
  • Experience: Experience in a classroom setting preferred 
  • Licenses or Certifications: State certification preferred but not required 

Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Knowledge of core academic subject assigned and ability to pass an IDEA content assessment 
  • Knowledge of curriculum and instruction 
  • Ability to instruct students and manage student behavior 
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment 

Compensation:   

  • Compensation for this roles is set at an hourly based on relevant experience and qualifications.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.