Teacher Development

At KIPP Massachusetts, we believe our most valuable asset is our people.  We seek passionate, committed teachers who want to grow with their students and who seek to change lives through high-quality instruction.

KIPP’s national network of 200 schools is supported by the KIPP Foundation, which helps schools learn, share, and grow. Every year, the KIPP Foundation hosts a variety of retreats and conferences to promote nationwide collaboration and collaboration across our content communities such as the elementary school, ELA, math, science, and high school teams.

For teachers interested in pursuing school leadership, the KIPP Foundation runs the nationally-recognized KIPP School Leadership Program over the summer and during the school year to support the development of teacher leaders, deans and individuals selected to lead KIPP schools. These leadership development programs include classroom learning, collaborative projects and residencies in KIPP schools around the country.

Finally, all KIPP teachers have access to KIPP Share, an online platform that enables KIPP teachers across the country to share curriculum, classroom resources, and best practices. It’s a growing treasure-trove of material that makes our teaching better and our lives easier.

Coaching, Observations and Feedback:

Every teacher at KIPPMA has an instructional coach who observes lessons and provides individualized and targeted feedback weekly or bi-weekly throughout the year. At the start to the school year, teachers meet with their coaches to set goals for how students will learn and grow that year and also how that teacher wants to learn and grow.

Professional Development at your School:

Each Friday (Boston) or Wednesday (Lynn) afternoon, the school day ends early so that each of our school teams can gather for professional development. Professional development can range from a workshop on a topic that benefits all teachers (like improving accommodations and modifications for special education students) to opportunities to align on culture with your grade level team or analyze exit ticket data with a co-teacher.

The KIPPMA Team and Family:

Across KIPPMA schools, our teachers and staff connect and collaborate three times annually at the KIPP:MA Team and Family Days. On these days, all our teachers and staff from across the region gather for a variety of workshops and structured conversations across grade levels and subjects.

Framework for Excellent Teaching:

In 2011, the KIPP Foundation introduced the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching, a tool that provides a common language for all our teachers across the country to share best practices. The framework helps us collaborate and focus our instructional coaching.

Conferences and Speakers

KIPP School Summit (KSS) is the annual gathering of the entire KIPP Team and Family to connect, learn, and share with our colleagues and friends from across the country. This network-wide event offers specialized learning experiences with high-quality presenters across a wide range of topics. KSS ensures that teachers and staff can return to their classrooms and offices armed with best practices and tools to foster excellence and better serve our students.

Sharing & Collaboration

KIPP Share is the place for KIPP leaders, teachers, and staff to connect, join communities, and access key resources like recommended curriculum and the College Counseling Toolkit.