College Counseling Institute at KIPP

The College Counseling Institute at KIPP brings together diverse cohorts of district leaders from across the country to collaborate, learn, and innovate to drive stronger postsecondary outcomes.

Program Details

The main goal of the College Counseling Institute is to create a space for cohort members to collaborate, learn, and innovate to drive stronger postsecondary outcomes. The program is centered in KIPP Forward’s Match Strategies and Persistence Framework, and our aim is to inspire district level changes by sharing what we have learned as a network.

The College Counseling Institute occurs over four summits, each of which dives into sharing practices and resources. Some of these include Match Framework, Fit Factors, Career Continuum, Centering Equity, Data and Practice, and much more. We partner with MAYA Consulting to provide strategic planning sessions to help leaders identify a high impact strategy to increase postsecondary outcomes for their communities. By the end of the College Counseling Institute, districts will have completed the first step in planning a district wide project.

  • Summit I: February 21st, 2023 (virtual kick-off, 12-2PM EST)
  • Summit II: March 15th-16th, 2023 (in-person summit – Houston, TX)
  • Summit III:  April 11th-12th, 2023 (in-person summit– Atlanta, GA)
  • Summit IV: May 8th-9th, 2023 (in-person summit – San Francisco, CA)

After the completion of these four summits, participating districts will have the opportunity to partner with KIPP to receive guidance and coaching to implement a system level change project in their districts based on practices and learnings from the institute through our KIPP District Fellowship. More information on this will be shared during the summits.

Application Process

Our application will open on Monday, October 17th, 2022, and is a simple form that will ask you about your current district, postsecondary strategies utilized, and what you hope to gain from this opportunity.

The deadline to submit is on Monday, December 12th, 2022, and we aim to have all districts who are selected notified by Tuesday, December 20th, 2022.

*Please note that applying for this opportunity does not guarantee admittance, we may receive more applications than districts we can accommodate

Deadline: Monday, December 12th 11:59PM PST.


KIPP will cover all travel-related expenses, including flight (up to $500), hotel, and transportation. All meals will be provided for participants, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

Previous Participants


  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Broward County Schools
  • Camden City Public Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • El Paso Independent School District
  • Houston ISD
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Newark Board of Education
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Partnership for LA Schools
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • San Marcos CISD
  • Selma City Schools
  • Spring ISD
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Tulsa Public Schools

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College Counseling Institute Reflections

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If you’re interested in joining us, please apply. If you have any questions about the program, please check out our FAQ’s below or contact Chris Reynoso, Sr. Manager of External Impact (


  • Participants should be current or potential decision-makers for postsecondary strategy and resource allocation in their respective districts. These include, but are not limited to: Superintendents, Chiefs, Directors, or Sr. Managers that oversee college access, counseling, student success, etc.

    Each district must send two representatives who are expected to attend all sessions and summits of the program.

  • Our program runs in a cohort-style, which means we require everyone to join all four summits.

  • Given that each summit builds on content from the previous one, we ask that all cohort members remain the same across all four summits.

  • No, all costs will be covered by KIPP. You will be asked to purchase your flight and be reimbursed for it, as well as any additional charges such as rideshare. KIPP will book hotel rooms, and provide all meals for the events.

  • Each summit will cover different content, which includes best practices for college counseling, career support for students, conversations on data, discussions on resources/tools that support postsecondary counseling.

    We tailor the summits to be collaborative, and you’ll be sitting at tables with district leaders from other parts of the country. We hope you’ll also get to learn a lot from each other.

  • In partnership with MAYA Consulting Inc., we want to provide district leaders the support and space to identify a project that they’d like to implement and take back to their district for implementation. We recognize there are often areas districts would like to home in on, but don’t have the time to do so. This Institute would provide the space, time, and resources to receive support on developing a project, goals, and implementation plans.