How a KIPP High Schooler Inspired Me to be a Better Leader


KIPP’s focus on character first drew Andrea McCormick to KIPP six years ago. Now as the Dean of Instruction at KIPP Dream Prep, she knows that a dual focus on character and academics helps develop young minds that are conscious of the world around them. Learn how she infuses character in her school.

Dave Levin on Not Eating the Marshmallow


By Lori Warren, Senior Communications Manager, KIPP Foundation Fifty years ago, Dr. Walter Mischel, then a professor of psychology at Stanford, conducted a series of trail-blazing experiments on self-control that would influence a generation of researchers. To celebrate the anniversary of this work, and share subsequent learnings, Dr. Mischel has released a new book, “The Marshmallow […]

Building A Positive Institution

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By Dave Levin, KIPP Co-Founder “Positive institutions facilitate the development and display of positive traits, which in turn facilitate positive subjective experiences.” This quotation, shared in Chris Peterson’s, A Primer on Positive Psychology has had an incredible impact on both my professional and personal life. I agree with everything except one word: “trait.” I prefer […]

How Students Build Character & Reduce Stress through Yoga

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By Ric Zappa, School Leader, KIPP Summit Academy Since its origins, KIPP has placed equal emphasis on academics and character development. As educators, we want our students to have grit, aspiring to prepare them for every obstacle that comes their way. When I became principal at KIPP Summit Academy in San Lorenzo, California, in 2010, […]

How to Create a History Lesson that Teaches Grit

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By Mitch Brenner, Assistant Principal, KIPP Academy Middle School Work hard. Be nice. The dual-purpose nature of KIPP’s mission in four simple words is that BOTH character and academics matter. But how do you make a great dual-purpose lesson that combines crucial content with the underlying ideas that give our students the character skills that they need […]


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