What is KIPP STEP?
KIPP STEP is a 3-week intensive summer program that provides a unique opportunity for 40 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. The 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 early on of what it would be like in a boarding school environment. Monday through Friday, students have class in the morning and after lunch. In the afternoons, students participate in recreational activities and enrichment projects and conclude the day with study hall and a dorm meeting. On the weekends, students participate in field trips and other community building activities.
The Dean of Enrichment Role:
The Co-Deans of Enrichment will be responsible for building the enrichment curriculum in close collaboration with the Program Director and Program Coordinator, as well as supervising high school-age proctors. S/he will play a significant role in crafting and bringing to life the culture and feel of the program. The Deans of Enrichment are responsible for making every moment during the three weeks an opportunity for student growth.
There are 4 primary areas of impact:
- Recreational and Weekend Activities:
Organize, plan, and facilitate afternoon and weekend recreational activities in addition to any weekend field trips.
- Dorm Life:
Plan and deliver nightly dorm meetings and lessons around time-management, independence, the importance of community, and other professional/personal development skills necessary for success in a challenging academic environment. Create a calendar of teacher dorm duty responsibilities and oversee supervision of students in the dorm during their free time. Ensure student safety and well-being in the dorm.
- Opening and Closing Ceremonies:
Plan opening and closing ceremonies to welcome students and celebrate their completion of the program.
- Student Advocate:
Work with teachers and students on a one-on-one basis as they adjust to being away from home in a new environment amidst a rigorous academic program.
Program Dates & Location:
May 2017: Conference call with other KIPP STEP faculty to plan curriculum
June 2017: Calls to advisees and their families
July 6-9, 2017: Final planning meetings in Deerfield, MA
July 10-29, 2017: Summer Program at Deerfield Academy
July 30, 2017: Faculty Depart
- Report directly to Program Director
- Plan, prepare, and deliver enrichment curriculum
- Supervise and manage proctors
- Foster a positive learning environment
- Reside in the Deerfield dormitories for the duration of the program and perform assigned supervisory roles
- Act as a an advisor to a small number of students, make welcome phone calls to advisees in June and provide support as needed
- Work with faculty and proctors to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all participants
- Miscellaneous duties as assigned
- Counseling background or experience in youth development or school admissions at a KIPP School
- Genuine passion for helping students to grow and the ability to foster a healthy learning environment
- Thrives in team environment
- Commitment to the learning and success of all children through high expectations and accountability
- Proven results with students who mirror the KIPP student demographic
- Experience with Private and/or Boarding school either as a student or teacher preferred, but not required
- The ability to model KIPP values at all times
The KIPP Foundation Values – What We Believe:
- Sense of purpose. We are inspired to fulfill a mission larger than ourselves. We are a place for people who enjoy the roles we play in service to our schools and regions.
- We work hard to deliver supports and services that are truly valuable to our schools and regions and the kids they serve. We are resilient, persisting through obstacles and collaborating across teams in pursuit of solutions.
- We appreciate all who are engaged in this challenging work and treat others as we would like to be treated.
- Constant learning and humility. We seek out and expect regular, constructive feedback, keeping in mind the limitations of our own experience. We recognize that compelling research, data, and personal experience offers us the opportunity to change our practices to best serve our children.
- Diversity and inclusivity. We are building an organization in which talented individuals from all walks of life and past work experiences can join our team and make significant contributions. We are particularly committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences or racial backgrounds of our students.
The compensation for this project is determined by the Program Director.
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Deerfield Academy does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, transgender status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status as a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, or any other classification protected under state or federal law.