Work hard. Be nice.
A focus on character has been the cornerstone of KIPP since we began and is still the essence of what we believe: to succeed in college and the world beyond, KIPPsters need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths. They’re deeply interconnected and we never compromise one for the other.
KIPP’s character work focuses on the seven strengths that are critical for an engaged, happy, and successful life. Our character framework was developed by educators at KIPP NYC in collaboration with Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Martin Seligman, and the late Dr. Chris Peterson, and in partnership with Riverdale Country School.
Every adult in this building models the kind of character we hope to build and grow in our students.Allison Willis Holley, School Leader, KIPP NYC
Students see how my journey might be similar to theirs. I try to lead by example. I try to show them what grit and optimism look like in real life.Leyla Bravo-Willey, Fisher Fellow
Character Growth Card
This tool is designed to help educators enhance students’ understanding of their character through regular feedback and goal-setting.
Reporte de Carácter (Character Growth Card in Spanish)
Esta herramienta está diseñada para ayudar a los educadores mejorar la comprensión que los estudiantes tienen de su carácter a través de los comentarios recividos y el establecimiento de objetivos.
How to Talk About Character in Your Classroom
KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin discusses character strengths and their application to how students learn, interact with others, and grow.