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Bilingual (Spanish) or English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

KIPP Chicago
Illinois Medical District, Illinois
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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About KIPP Chicago

All eight KIPP Chicago campuses are rated Level 1 or 1+ in the Chicago Public Schools SQRP rating system, making KIPP Chicago the highest-performing network of schools in Chicago. Currently we serve 3,100 students in grades K-8 and 2000 alumni in high school or college through our KIPP Through College program. Our schools are located in West and South Side neighborhoods where 99% of our students identify as Black or Latinx, 96% qualify for free and reduced price lunch, and 16% qualify as diverse learners. KIPP Chicago alumni graduate high school at a rate of 91% (compared to 78% for low-income students nationally), matriculate to college at a rate of 77% (compared to 34%), and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 30% (compared to 11%). We attract, develop, and retain a diverse and talented staff of educators, 61% of whom identify as People of Color, with 51% identifying as Black and 10% identifying as Latinx. Our students and families choose our schools because our teachers are exceptional educators who work together as a collective to ensure students achieve and thrive.

Job Description


At KIPP Chicago, middle schools include grades 5th - 8th. Currently, we have four middle schools -- KIPP Ascend Middle, KIPP Academy Chicago, KIPP Bloom College Prep, and KIPP One Academy. The content taught at each middle school varies slightly, but common classes are English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Literacy Centers, Math Centers, and Algebra. At all campuses, we commit to holding ourselves to high expectations in service of our mission, and aligning on key mindsets and following through on key responsibilities. We also actively collaborate, coach, and learn in order to develop and evolve our skillset to achieve our goals for our students, schools, and region. We bring a sense of team and a spirit of social justice to our work together and have fun!

KIPP Chicago seeks a Bilingual (Spanish)or English as a Second Language (ESL) licensed teacher to provide English learners with both direct instruction and additional resources and supports in the general program of instruction. This teacher will ensure that students keep pace with peers in the core academic content areas as well as develop proficiency in English in accordance with individual ACCESS goals. The Bilingual or English as a Second Language teacher reports and is coached by the Director of EL Services.

Key Mindsets for Teachers
  • We work hard as a collective and hold each other to high expectations.
  • We committed time, energy, and effort to developing teachers professionally and instructionally.
  • We practice a growth mindset about ourselves and others in order to always reflect and improve.
  • We teach in schools, not only a classroom, and maintain school-wide systems to enlist student engagement and create a safe, warm, demanding, and joyful school culture.
  • We communicate frequently and consistently with students and families--including after school--regarding academics, behavior, logistics, and homework help.
  • We believe that everyone at KIPP Chicago must be committed to anti-racism in their beliefs and in their actions.
  • We ensure that all students academically progress, master grade-level content, and feel a sense of belonging in our schools.
Job Responsibilities For Teachers
  • Teaching & Learning: Thoroughly plan and execute rigorous, high-engagement lessons and use best practice for student investment, assessment, and inclusion of culturally-relevant content
  • Student Feedback: Actively monitor student learning, track mastery data, and provide feedback to students to ensure their mastery of grade-level content and academic growth
  • Student Culture & Family Engagement: Actively communicate with families and collaborate with peer teachers to facilitate safe, consistent, and joyful school culture where each child belongs
  • Staff Culture and Professional Development: Follow through on department and grade-level initiatives and actively engage in your professional growth and development
  • Additional expectations for the Bilingual/ESL Teacher include:
  • Design learning plans for students in grades 5 - 8 based on ACCESS language test results
  • Provide pull-out instruction to individual and small groups in Math, Science, Reading, and Writing
  • Prepare students to pass the ACCESS test and exit the transitional program of instruction
  • Administer the ACCESS assessment to students

  • Bachelor's degree (required)
  • Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish (required)
  • An active Illinois teacher license, with a Bilingual or ESL endorsement in Spanish - either a Professional Educator License (PEL) or a Transitional Bilingual Educator License (TBE). If you don't have either of these, but you do have a Bachelor's degree and believe you could pass a Spanish fluency test, then please still apply and we may be able to help you acquire the license. (required)
  • Two years prior success teaching in "low-income," urban communities (strongly preferred)
  • A cleared CPS Background check.
  • All KIPP Chicago staff are required to provide documentation of full Covid-19 vaccination by or before 10/15/2021, unless approved for medical or religious exemption. (Updated 8/24/2021).
Additional Information


KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:
  • Salaries based on experience
  • Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
  • A 403(b) retirement account with matching employer contributions
  • Robust professional development

We are currently 100% hired for the 20-21 school year. However, applications for teaching positions are considered on a rolling basis to ensure a constant pool of teaching candidates should a position come open or a new position be created. When you apply for a teaching position with KIPP Chicago, you are considered for openings at all campuses that match your experience and interests. Your interview process could include a phone interview, submission of a teaching video, and in-person interview with a sample lesson. It's possible you will interview at multiple schools and receive multiple offers. The selection process is managed by the Talent Recruiter as your single point of contact so that you move through the hiring process simultaneously for all campuses with efficiency and clarity.


KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
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