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What is Excellent Teaching?

Teachers are the most important in-school factor contributing to student achievement. We believe that great instruction results from innovation and collaboration. When something works, we celebrate it and share it broadly.


To enable our teachers and leaders to benefit from the collective knowledge and learning occurring across KIPP, the KIPP Foundation invests in creating frameworks and tools that provide a common language and facilitate the exchange of effective practice. In 2011, we introduced the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching.



Self and Others

Excellent teaching requires understanding of oneself, one’s connection to others, and a growth mindset that allows the teacher to take ownership for the success of all KIPPsters.



The Teaching Cycle
Excellent teaching means planning and executing rigorous, engaging lessons that fit into a logical scope and sequence, as well as using student data to assess mastery of objectives and movement toward big goals for student achievement and growth. Excellent teaching requires a 1/12 mindset, recognizing that even the tiniest details can dramatically impact student mastery.



Classroom Culture
In an excellent classroom culture, the teacher focuses on countless tangible and intangible details in the space to create an environment where students are joyfully engaged, meaningfully on-task, and feel ownership for their individual and collective successes in college and in life.



Teaching is an art and science. As the artists and scientists, we are responsible for building our understanding of child development, pedagogy, and content. We are responsible for knowing what we are teaching, how it fits in a PreK-16 continuum, and who we are teaching it to.



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