Enhancing teacher wellbeing

A recent wellbeing survey offered KIPP staff the opportunity to share how they manage self care, identify their favorite wellbeing partners, and tell us any other wellness needs. We received responses that revealed our teachers enjoy a variety of physical activities with visiting the gym and yoga topping the list. Meditation and pamper days topped the list as wellbeing outlets. From this data, we intend to secure at least 10 partners that will offer complementary services and/or discounted experiences for KIPP employees.

The wellbeing survey also helped guide us in choosing relevant workshops to host in our museum space for KIPP teachers. We will be launching once-a-month workshops beginning in January 2020 to bring meditation, art, crafting, yoga, and culinary teaching to our staff. Our first workshop in January will focus on watercolor painting.


We have continued our partnership with Pure Edge as they are leading smaller cohorts of interested teachers at our regional, quarterly collaboration days.

We are currently in the beginning stages of forming a new parent focus group for our teachers that will help us better understand the needs of new parents as they reenter the workplace after parental leave. It can be incredibly difficult for new parents to come back to work and we are dedicated to finding various ways to support this process for our teachers.

We’ve partnered with Holberg Financial to provide staff with free financial training. Holberg offers free 1:1 financial coaching, customized financial education content, and accountability goals and tracking for users.

We are happy to announce our first wellbeing partners, Chill Chicago, a meditation and massage studio in River North, and Asutra, a woman-owned active self care shop. KIPP employees will receive a complimentary class and a discount on the monthly membership from Chill and a discount from Asutra. Contact Jennifer Hodges at jhodges@kippchicago.org for details.

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