KIPP STEP Biology Teacher

KIPP STEP Virtual Summer Program at Deerfield Academy

Position: Biology Teacher

What is KIPP STEP?

KIPP STEP is a 3-week intensive virtual summer program that provides a unique opportunity for 40 selected rising eighth grade KIPPsters and 10 talented local students to experience the academic rigor and lifestyle of a top boarding school.  The program focuses on science and ELA to help develop students’ skills in research, writing, presentation, discussion, studying, time management, and critical thinking, all skills necessary for success in the most challenging academic environments. This virtual program also aims to spark a passion for science in students through the intensive physics and biology curriculum.

The Student’s Experience:

In a survey of KIPP alumni who attended Deerfield Academy, science and ELA were identified as the most challenging academic areas during their freshman year of high school, and time management as one of the most challenging non-academic areas. This program provides students with a glimpse of the academic rigor and expectations of a highly selective boarding school.  The program meets on-line Monday through Friday for three weeks.  Students begin their days at 11am with a short program meeting and then attend three academic classes; Biology, Physics and ELA.  There is also an hour of optional extra help in the evening.

The Teacher’s Experience:

The summer program provides an incredible professional development opportunity for a few teachers each year.  Teachers work closely with one another to create an engaging and challenging curriculum. During three weeks in July, Biology teachers will teach two 45-minute classes per day Monday thru Friday. KIPP STEP is a great opportunity for teachers who are looking to work closely with colleagues to build rich and dynamic course content.

Program Dates:

 April 2021: Preliminary curriculum discussions and planning

May 2021: Communicate with other KIPP STEP faculty to update group on curriculum

June 2021: Calls to advisees and their families

July 1 – July 2, 2021: Final planning meetings

July 5 – July 23, 2021: Virtual Summer Program

July 24, 2021: Wrap up and end of program meetings


  •   Report directly to Program Director
  • Work with the Curriculum Co-Director of assigned content area to create summer curriculum, including a two-hour remote field trip
  •   Work with Program Director to plan, implement, and evaluate the program including participating in conference calls and communications during the academic year
  •   Plan, prepare, and deliver engaging classroom instruction and assessment in the assigned content area of biology.  This includes working with other science teachers to plan and lead a two-hour remote field trip
  •   Proctor approximately one evening study hall per week (7-8pm EST) and provide tutorial support for students
  •   Act as a student advisor to small number of students, make welcome phone calls to advisees in June and provide support as needed
  •   Work with faculty colleagues to ensure a safe, supportive and positive online learning environment for all participants
  •   Other duties as assigned


  • Current science teacher at either the middle school or high school; background in biology and experience with Deerfield or KIPP preferred
  • Commitment to working in a team environment
  • Commitment to the learning and success of all children through high expectations and accountability
  • Strong collaboration, interpersonal, and organizational skills, with a strong attention to detail
  • Desire to expand teaching knowledge while teaching innovative ideas to students
  • Ability to take initiative and to multi-task independently and effectively
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to be flexible in scheduling meetings with students to find reasonable times that accommodate different time zones
  • Comfort with teaching virtually and operating a variety of different learning management software platforms
  • Quiet environment where you can engage with students without distractions
  • Access to consistent and reliable internet capable of performing the duties of the job.


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Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.

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