KIPP Fellowship

Application Deadline: Waiting to Confirm 2018 dates

Continuous learning is one of KIPP’s core values and KIPP believes there is always room to learn and get better at every level of your career. Since 2000, KIPP has been developing leaders through the KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP). As KIPP schools and regions have grown over the past 16 years, so have leadership development programs.

KIPP has expanded and differentiated offerings to meet the needs of all levels of the leadership pipeline – operations leaders, grade level chairs, assistant principals, founding school leaders, successor school leaders, and regional leaders.

Program Description

KIPP recruits aspiring school leaders to found and lead new KIPP schools after completing a Fisher or Miles Family Fellowship.

  • Fisher Fellowship: A year-long fellowship for individuals to found and lead new KIPP schools within existing KIPP regions. Open to internal and external applicants. 
  • Miles Family Fellowship: A year-long fellowship that prepares participants to lead a KIPP school in 18-24 months, as a founder or successor school leader. Open to internal and external applicants.

Program Requirements

An excellent candidate possesses the unyielding belief in the potential of every child to succeed in top quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond. Additionally, all candidates should have:

  • Instructional expertise in a K-12 classroom (all applicants must have at least two years of experience in a K-12 setting as a teacher or administrator)
  • A record of success in leading adults
  • The capacities to define a vision, build a team, and achieve results despite tremendous obstacles.
  • At least two years of teaching and/or leadership experience in a low-income school with demonstrated exemplary student results ("low-income school" is a school in which over 50 percent of the student population qualify for the federal free and reduced meals program).
  • Broad experience to allow you to serve as an instructional leader to teachers of all subjects.

Application Requirements

The application process for the Fisher and Miles Family Fellowships has multiple steps, outlined below. 

Please note that if you are a current KIPP employee applying for the Fellowships, the application process and timeline for your region may differ from the one outlined below. If you have questions about your next steps, please reach out to your regional point of contact. If you don't know who your point of contact is, please reach out to apply@kipp.org and include your school and region. 

  1.  Application: The application for the Fisher and Miles Family Fellowships includes two short essays, a professional bio and submission of a resume and student achievement data. You will also be asked to include contact information for three professional references. Please note that your references will receive a request to complete a recommendation form for you upon submission of your application.
  2. Phone Interview: Applicants who advance from the application stage will be invited to complete a 60 min phone interview with a member of the National or Regional Selection team. 
  3. In-Person Regional Interview: Applicants who advance from the phone interview stage will be invited to a full-day in-person interview in their preferred region. Regional points of contact will reach out to advancing applicants to schedule an interview and arrange for travel (if necessary). 
  4. In-Person National Selection Event: The final stage in the application process is a two-day interview event. 

At all stages of the application process, applicants will be assessed against the KIPP Leadership Competencies. We encourage applicants to review these competencies prior to submitting their application.

Application Faqs

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND OF A TYPICAL KIPP TEACHER OR SCHOOL LEADER?
KIPP teachers are a diverse group, including experienced teachers who have worked in schools serving underserved students, new teachers who are just beginning their careers, and career changers who are entering the classroom after succeeding in another profession.

Across our network, 43 percent of our teachers are African-American or Latino, about 23 percent are Teach For America alumni, and 27 percent hold master's degrees.

KIPP school leaders experience and background are similar to our teachers, but typically have spent a longer time in the classroom. As of July 2016, nearly 80 percent of KIPP school leaders were former KIPP teachers, and 64 percent held graduate's degrees or higher.

WHAT IF I AM A CURRENT KIPP EMPLOYEE APPLYING FOR A FISHER OR MILES FAMILY FELLOWSHIP IN A DIFFERENT REGION FROM WHERE I CURRENTLY WORK?
If you are a current KIPP employee applying for another KIPP region, we highly recommend you notify your current supervisor/region early in your application process as we will confirm with your current region if you are to advance through the selection process.

ARE YOU PLANNING TO OPEN A KIPP SCHOOL IN [CITY / STATE]? WHY NOT?
In order to focus on the growth within our current regions and to provide needed targeted support to our current new cities, KIPP is not currently selecting new cities for expansion. However, many of our existing KIPP regions do plan to expand over the next few years. Please check the School Directory for a current list of all KIPP school locations and updates on our plans to open new KIPP schools.