One national organization that has always held my interest and captured my heart is that of KIPP Academy. KIPP stands for Knowledge is Power Program. KIPP was started in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin. There are numerous KIPP academy’s around the United States. KIPP partners with underprivileged parents and students to make education top priority. They have extended school day hours, strict contracts that the teachers, students, and parents adhere to. Teachers are “on call” after school hours to provide homework help to their students. In a way these teachers become like a family member to their students. KIPP strives to prepare all children for College and life after. I strongly encourage you to visit the website and watch one of their videos. I did years ago and it has captivated my heart ever since.
One job opportunity I find interesting other than that of a teacher for a KIPP academy would be the Community Relations Manager. As the community relations manager I would be responsible for building partnerships in local communities, engaging elected officials, and ensuring KIPP Metro Atlanta’s leadership and parents are equipped and supported to engage in advocacy initiatives. Although this is very different from being a classroom teacher I think this would be a very exciting and rewarding job. It would be challenging, yet a neat experience to strongly advocate for the KIPP Academy within the Metro Atlanta area. I would have the unique opportunity to help make others aware of the effective practices implemented by KIPP academy’s and the essential partnership offered through KIPP.
The qualifications I would have to have include:
- Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree; graduate degree in Education Policy or Public Policy preferred.
- Experience with parent outreach and/or grassroots advocacy work
- Knowledge of education policy issues at national and local level
- Strong communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to present and explain technical concepts to audiences in non-technical jargon
- Willingness to aggressively advocate for KIPP Metro Atlanta’s interests
- Strategic thinker; ability to think critically about issues and solutions
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Proven experience in campaign or project management
- Team-player capable of working both collaboratively and independently
- Thrives in entrepreneurial start-up environment and working conditions; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions
- Committed to the mission of preparing educationally underserved children for excellent high schools and colleges.
I do feel I have some of these qualifications such as being a team-player, having excellent organization skills, willingness to aggressively advocate for KIPP, and a commitment to the mission of preparing educationally undeserved children for excellent high schools and colleges.
Another national organization I find to be interesting is the Zero to Three organization. This is a non-profit organization that stresses the importance of the first three years of life.
One job that I would like to have within the Zero to Three organization would be that of an Early Head Start Liaison. Although this job is not currently available, it is one I would be very interested in pursuing. As an Early Head Start Liaison I would be responsible for helping provide resources to the public on the importance of the first three years of life. Along with this job I would be able to engage in helping others learn about the essential developmental milestones that occur within the first years of life. One of the other very exciting parts of the job would be to act as an advocate of breastfeeding. As a breastfeeding mother myself I find this task particularly enticing and exciting to get to share with other moms the numerous benefits for breastfeeding your baby!
Some of the qualifications I believe I would need for this job include:
A competence in the developmental milestones that occur within the first years of life
The ability to engage and interact with parents and families
Public speaking skills
Competence in providing written material to act as resources to parents and families
3. Another national organization I find interesting is the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC was founded in 1926 and is now the worlds largest organization working on the behalf of young children. NAEYC helps to prepare teachers to effectively work with young children, advocates for the education of young children in bills and laws being passes in regards to educational practices, and works to maintain high quality education for all children.
One job opportunity provided within the NAEYC is that of accreditation Coordinator. As the accreditation Coordinator I would be responsible for working with program administrators, assessors and decision makers throughout all aspects of the accreditation process. I would be responsible for review materials submitted to identify any errors and must measure program compliance with accreditation standards to further monitor the performance of assessors to ensure reliability is maintained in all assessment procedures and protocols. I would also be in charge of providing support to the assessors.
The qualifications for this position include: BA in Early Childhood Education/Child Development, 3-5 years experience in the field of early childhood education and a sound understanding of its practices is required. Experience with high quality programming and NAEYC accreditation is a plus. Excellent oral and written communication, analytical, MS Office and database skills are required. Must be able to meet deadlines, work in a team and in a fast-paced environment