Support for Excellent Teaching
Training & Coaching
KIPP teachers receive most of their professional development through job-embedded activities at their schools. They participate in professional learning communities that engage in lesson study, teacher and student data analysis, and coaching at regular intervals. Supported by the KIPP Foundation, regional and school-based leadership, teachers receive individualized support to improve their craft.
KIPP teachers are also invited to participate in the annual KIPP School Summit. This three-day convening of KIPP schools from across the country features workshops, speakers, round tables, and other opportunities for KIPP educators to reflect on and transform their practice.
KIPP teachers have access to a variety of high-quality online instructional ‘toolkits’ that can be accessed at no cost, anytime, from anywhere. These toolkits cover key classroom practices such as Close Reading, Cognitively Guided Instruction, and Instructional Coaching. KIPP toolkits also include coaching tools, protocols, and guides to help leaders to support teachers in achieving instructional excellence every day. New toolkits on a variety of topics are created and added each year. View a sample of KIPP instructional toolkits here.
A high quality curriculum plays a critical role in unlocking the potential of both students and teachers. KIPP schools’ curricula are rigorous, standards-based, and carefully designed to prepare our kids to succeed in college, career, and life beyond. The majority of KIPP schools use the following curriculum for literacy and math:
English Language Arts is taught through the KIPP Wheatley curriculum in grades K-8. KIPP Wheatley, developed in-house alongside Great Minds, provides opportunities for close reading, writing, and speaking based on high-quality, diverse, and texts that are culturally relevant to students within a comprehensive, college-ready curriculum.
Math is taught through Eureka Math a nationally-recognized curriculum that aligns college ready standards with instruction for grades PK-12. Published by Great Minds, Eureka Math presents mathematics in a logical progression designed to reduce learning gaps, develop persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced mathematical concepts.
For each of the curricula the KIPP Foundation recommends, we provide a comprehensive blueprint and plan to support implementation. We support our schools with the scheduling, structures, and processes necessary to ensure that implementation of curricula is a success. We also offer a robust catalog of professional development and instructional support resources detailed below.
Whether a KIPP teacher is new to the profession or a seasoned veteran, there are always questions about the best way to meet learning needs in the classroom. That’s why we have KIPP Share, our thriving online community that connects the 5,000+ teachers in our 200 schools so they can pool their collective knowledge about how to help our KIPPsters get to and through college. Whether a teacher is looking for tips on classroom culture, the latest version of our curricula, or wants to connect with the colleague they met at the KIPP School Summit…it’s all right there on KIPP Share.
KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching
This framework creates a common language to facilitate the exchange of effective teaching practices across the KIPP network.
Academic Strategies Pyramid
This document outlines what we believe are central components of a strong academics strategy.
Math Instructional Vision
This document represents our current ideal instructional design for a K-8 math classroom, aligned with the Common Core State Standards.