KIPP’s Theory of School Leadership
KIPP believes outstanding schools—that offer rigorous academics and character development—are built, led, and sustained by empowered leaders at all levels. Through invaluable on-the-job training, transformative coaching experiences, and the highest-quality formal and informal professional development, KIPP principals and leadership teams strengthen the skills and competencies they need to be effective in their roles.
Development for All Levels of Leadership
Continuous learning is one of KIPP’s core values. We believe there is always room to improve at every level and stage of career development. KIPP fosters on-going growth and development through job-embedded coaching, school and region-wide professional development, and national leadership training through the KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP).
KSLP programs provide training and support for a wide range of KIPP leaders, including grade-level chairs, department chairs, assistant principals, founding school leaders, successor school leaders, and regional staff. To date, more than 2,000 leaders from KIPP regions and 200 leaders from organizations outside of KIPP have participated.
Featured KIPP School Leadership Programs
Year-long preparation to found and lead a new KIPP school
The Fisher Fellowship is a highly-selective, one-year, cohort-based leadership program that prepares educators to found, lead, and grow a new high-performing KIPP school. Through in-person programming, residencies in current KIPP schools where fellows shadow a high-performing school leader, and the development of a robust school design plan, each Fisher Fellow emerges from the experience prepared to open a new KIPP school.
Miles Family Fellowship
Year-long job placement, coaching, and development for aspiring school leaders
Designed to foster the skills needed to lead a KIPP school, the Miles Family Fellowship supports the development of assistant principals that are next in line to lead a school. Miles Family Fellows receive formal training through weekend workshops and engage in rich cohort-based experiences that support their development during the programming year and beyond.
Coaching and development for the assistant principals moving into school leader roles
Successor Prep helps rising KIPP school leaders manage leadership transition by training new leaders on how to manage change, plan for transition, develop a strategic plan, coach teachers, and manage staff performance. With these essential skills, participants are prepared to assume leadership of an existing KIPP school.
Coaching and development for new assistant principals
Leadership Team helps assistant principals grow in their leadership and management skills and learn how to take the school’s vision and translate it to action. Participants engage in courses and assignments to practice data-driven decision making processes, strengthen one’s self-awareness, and sharpen instructional leadership skills.
Coaching and development for teachers taking on new leadership roles
KIPP schools offer ample opportunities for teachers to take on leadership roles as grade level chairs or department chairs, among others. To help teachers learn how to be most effective in these roles, Teacher Leader provides participants with a dual focus on strengthening teaching and leadership skills that support student achievement across the whole school.
View all 2016-17 KIPP School Leadership Programs including Leadership Coaching.
KIPP Leadership Competency Model
This document describes the skills and behaviors considered most important for KIPP leaders.
Vital Behaviors for Success and Sustainability
This document explains four behaviors that are vital to increasing leader success and sustainability. KIPP's work around these Vital Behaviors was developed in partnership with Vital Smarts.
Leading for Learning: 8 Actions of Highly Effective School Leaders
This document describes the eight actions highly effective school leaders take, and outlines how we believe principals should be spending their time in order to better drive student outcomes.
KIPP Vision for Excellence in School Operations
High-quality school and regional operations ensure that schools are safe and efficient, regions are financially healthy, and resources are readily available and aligned to educational priorities to enable the highest level of teaching and learning. This document outlines which aspects of a successful school we think are most important.