KIPP New Orleans: Classroom Hiring that Excludes Most Teach for America “Talent”
Today I learned an interesting fact about KIPP New Orleans:
Its teacher qualifications include a required minimum of two years of full time teaching experience:
Qualified Candidates Have:
- At least two years of teaching experience (required)
- A bachelor’s degree (required)
- Experience working in urban schools (highly preferred)
- State teaching credentials (preferred)
- An incredible work ethic
- A belief in the mission and values of KIPP
I checked the archives of the KIPP New Orleans website for employment requirements and found that in March 2008, the two-year requirement for full time teaching experience was also in effect, but there were also “Teaching Fellowship Opportunities” for teachers with less than two full-time years of teaching experience (which would have included most Teach for America recruits):
Teaching Fellowship Opportunities (No teaching experience required)
For educators with less than 2 years of full-time teaching experience, KIPP New Orleans offers a Teaching Fellowship Program. This is an opportunity to work in tandem with an experienced teacher for one year of training and professional development. Teaching Fellows begin the school year supporting a teacher and throughout the year build the skills needed to transition to a full-time teaching role at KIPP New Orleans.
By April 2010, KIPP New Orleans was no longer advertising the Teaching Fellows option.
It looks like to KIPP New Orleans, teaching experience does matter.
I checked the KIPP Houston employment page and found no minimum teaching experience requirement.
Indeed, it looks like KIPP New Orleans is trying to avoid those inexperienced-yet-“talented” Teach for America recruits in the KIPP New Orleans classrooms. (Note that approximately 80 percent of TFAers do not remain in the classroom beyond three years.)
Also interesting is that this September 2011 KIPP New Orleans page includes a hint that KIPP New Orleans was having issues with mid-year teaching vacancies:
Currently, we are accepting applications for two different pools of applicants. The first pool is for applicants who would like to be considered for a mid-year position should one come available in the upcoming year. The second pool is for applicants interested in applying for a teaching position for the 2012 – 2013 school year.
Please note that you can submit your resume for both openings; however, you will need to upload it twice, to each job listing.
However, by August 2012, KIPP New Orleans was no longer advertising “two pools of applicants”:
We are accepting applications for all grade levels and all subjects for the 2012 – 2013 school year. We are currently predicting that we will have openings for every grade K – 11 and every major content area, including art, band, Spanish, and special education. We will also have teacher-leader positions available.
Not sure how KIPP handles its midyear hiring. Perhaps it was not useful to try to keep a list of individuals willing to wait for a possible midyear teaching position. But KIPP New Orleans’ TFA-teacher-excluding decision to hire only teachers with a minimum of two years of full time teaching experience remains in place.
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