Leading at KIPP

KIPP was founded on the idea that great leaders create great schools, and that a great school can change the trajectory of a child’s life. At KIPP, we believe that an empowered and well-prepared leadership team attracts talented teachers, fosters their growth and development, and creates a culture of excellence for all.

New KIPP schools open each year to ensure even more students receive a world-class education. With this growth, a wide variety of leadership opportunities exist across the KIPP Team and Family.

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Development Programs 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 provides 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 KSLP Programs

Fisher Fellowship
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.

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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.

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Successor Prep
Coaching and development for the assistant principals moving into school leader roles

Successor Prep helps KIPP schools manage leadership transition by training new leaders on how to maintain effective and lasting organizations, manage change, plan for transition, strategic plan, coach teachers, and manage performance for staff. With these essential skills, participants are prepared to lead an existing KIPP school.


Teacher Leader
Coaching and development for teachers taking on new leadership roles

KIPP schools offer ample opportunities for teachers to take on leadership roles such 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 Team and Leadership Coaching.

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  • What makes KIPP unique is that we help every single student achieve their full potential in a supportive environment.

    Carmen Curbelo, Assistant School Leader of Operations, KIPP Austin
  • When families send two, three, four students to our school, that's one of the greatest compliments an educator can ever get. We've earned their trust.

    Allison Willis Holley, School Leader, KIPP NYC
  • How can I even begin to describe my sense of place or purpose at this school? This school... it's a part of me and I'm a part of it.

    Matthew Frank, School Leader, KIPP Austin
  • Our first class graduated college last year. To see their faces, to see what "to and through" looks like when the promise is fulfilled...it's special.

    Pete Gooden, KIPP Through College Director, KIPP Chicago

Operations Leaders

At KIPP, we believe that part of the Leader Team equation includes a senior, school-based Operations Leader who drives operational excellence and leads operations responsibilities so that the Principal, APs, and teachers can focus on teaching and learning.

We’ve seen a variety of candidate profiles succeed in this role — former teachers and grade-level chairs, operations leaders from Charter Management Organizations, people who completed Teach For America and then explored a different career path for a couple years, and individuals with only private sector experience.

Ideal candidates want to make a direct impact in the lives of students and teachers and thrive on building systems, leading teams, managing projects, and thinking through complex operational and logistical challenges.

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