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.

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Featured KIPP School Leadership 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 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.


Leadership Team

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.



View all 2017-18 KIPP School Leadership Programs including Leadership Coaching.

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