4 Vital Behaviors for Successful Leaders


As KIPP has grown, we’ve learned that building a strong leadership team is essential to the success of a school. The job of leading a school is hard work, so we have grappled with the question: “Is there a set of behaviors that characterize successful leaders and help them not only create a great school, but sustain it and themselves over the long haul?”

Staying Motivated by Celebrating Success

Staying Motivated by Student Success

By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Spanish Lead Teacher, KIPP Austin It is difficult to describe my first year of teaching and my first year at KIPP. Let’s just say it was an intense whirlwind. Now I am two months into my second year of teaching and feeling excited to have my own classroom, nervous about achieving results, […]

Work hard. Bee nice.


By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Kindergarten Spanish Teacher Apprentice, KIPP Austin At KIPP Austin Comunidad (KACD) we start off our year with a unit on school values: Courage, Tenacity, Honor, Community and Quality. Every KIPP school shares the same two rules of work hard and be nice. At KACD we use our five school values to teach our students […]

My New Schedule – My New Motivation

Work hard. Bee nice.

By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Kindergarten Spanish Teacher Apprentice, KIPP Austin Recently I’ve been thinking about what my life would be like if I hadn’t decided to work at KIPP. I mostly think about it when I get up every morning at 5:00 am. I’m not the best morning person; however, it is uncanny how thinking about the […]

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan on Gratitude

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By Jen Keyte, Instructional Sharing Senior Manager, KIPP Foundation A couple of days before Thanksgiving break, why not teach your high school students about gratitude?  It’s one of the character traits that Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson identified in their book, Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, as a path to a meaningful […]


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