There are more than 3,000 KIPP teachers working every day to instill in our students the knowledge, skills and character to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. While their experiences and backgrounds are varied and wide, each shares the fundamental conviction that all children can and will learn.
We value our teachers as professionals by recognizing their contributions, giving them autonomy to make the decisions that are best for students, and investing in their growth and development as teachers and as leaders.
Our longstanding motto—“Work hard. Be nice.”—isn’t just a tagline. Since the beginning, we've believed in a balanced approach to education; hard work and a strong academic curriculum balanced with the development of the character strengths needed to succeed in college and in life.
We've raised the bar for the definition of success for children in low-income communities; it's not just getting to college, but rather, seeing them all the way through to graduation day. We work with students even after they've graduated to ensure that they are prepared for college and the competitive world beyond.
Through our KIPP School Leadership Programs, we develop leaders through our multi-tiered leadership development. We believe that the work of educators is incredibly complex and challenging, and we approach professional development of educators with the utmost intentionality.
Our teachers are all "on the same page." We collaborate to deliver strong instruction and a unified culture - not only within our buildings but across state lines through retreats, summits, and our online sharing platform, KIPP Share.
Are you a recent college graduate or career changer interested in a teaching career with KIPP?
Download our New Teacher Programs brochure to learn about opportunities available to you at KIPP.
The best way discover if KIPP is right for you is to visit a KIPP school. In the meantime, watch a few videos, explore our blog, and view typical classroom schedules to gain a better understanding about what makes KIPP, KIPP. In the meantime, we welcome you to:
Every summer, KIPP teachers come together for an entire week of professional development and celebration at the KIPP School Summit (KSS). During the closing Gala, our teachers are recognized and appreciated for the hard work they do each day getting our KIPP students to and through college.
View the KIPP School Summit appreciation video:
Harriet Ball Excellence in Teaching
The Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award, named after Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg's mentor, recognizes outstanding teachers from the KIPP network. The winning teachers, who were nominated by their school leaders, were recognized for their leadership in and dedication to improving outcomes for students in underserved communities. Each teacher received $10,000 from the KIPP Foundation as part of the award recognition.
In addition to local community awards and network recognition, our teachers have also been recognized nationally. KIPP teachers nationwide have received high teaching honors such as the Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Teacher of the Year Award, the Disney Teacher Award, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Award, and the American Ambassador in Education Award.
KIPP is committed to equal treatment for all individuals. KIPP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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