Leadership Programs

KIPP prepares leaders to found and lead high-performing KIPP schools through Fisher Fellowship, Successor Prep, and Principal in Residence.

Opportunities For Aspiring School Leaders

Outstanding schools are built, led, and sustained by empowered leaders. 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.

Fisher Fellowship

The Fisher Fellowship is a highly-selective, one-year, cohort-based leadership program that prepares educators to found, lead, and grow a new 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 school.

The program consists of:

  • Residencies: The fellowship includes up to four residencies at KIPP schools outside the fellow’s region. Each three-day residency provides fellows with an opportunity to gain insight into the instructional, operational, and performance management practices of successful schools and school leaders. Additionally, fellows will take part in up to five week-long school and operational residencies in their own region.
  • School launch plan: Fellows create a comprehensive plan that guides the founding and growth of their new school.
  • Formal professional development and coaching: Fellows participate in a variety of learning opportunities, including rigorous coursework and leadership development sessions. In addition, fellows receive one-on-one support from a leadership coach throughout the year.

Successor Prep

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.

The program consists of:

  • Formal professional development: Leaders participate in an orientation and rigorous coursework that covers topics such as change management, transition planning, strategic planning, and performance management.
  • Prioritizing high-leverage planning: Throughout the program, each Successor Prep will prioritize planning (transition plan, strategic plan) that will guide their first year as a school leader.
  • Individualized coaching: Participants receive one-on-one coaching with a leadership coach throughout the year to maximize strengths and identify areas for development.
  • First-year successor leader visit: During their first year as a school leader, the successor will undergo a review process to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Principal in Residence

The Principal in Residence program is a two-year residency that prepares rising leaders to open a new KIPP school or become a successor leader at an existing KIPP school. The program combines on-the-job learning, professional development, and mentorship and coaching opportunities to prepare participants to create and lead excellent schools.

The program consists of:

  • On-the-job learning: Each resident serves as a full-time member of the leadership team at a high-performing school. The residency school exposes residents to excellent school design and provides intensive on-the-ground development. Residents learn by observing their mentor school leader, executing responsibilities of the school leader role, and contributing to the overall vision of the school.
  • Planning and performance assessments: Residents follow a structured development plan that is mapped to critical school leadership skills. They are observed frequently and engage in regular performance assessments to demonstrate readiness to step into the school leader role.
  • Mentorship, coaching, and professional development: Throughout their journey, residents receive feedback and coaching from a mentor school leader and regional coach. They also receive regular professional development from KIPP leaders and outside experts to build their knowledge of effective instructional design and academic standards.

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Lead at KIPP

The application process for school leadership programs is managed locally by individual KIPP Regions. If you’re interested in leadership at KIPP, visit our job board to find opportunities.