The Whole Child Review

Issue No. 6, Spring 2021

Welcoming students back to schools

On April 19th, we welcomed back many of our students into buildings for the first time in over a year. I am so heartened by the reciprocal joy between staff and students.

Increasing family and community partnerships

In December 2020, KIPP Chicago was awarded the Illinois State Board of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The purpose of the grant is to support schools and organizations’ efforts to offer students extended learning opportunities.

Embracing an Inclusive and Challenging Curriculum

ThinkCerca is our newest partner that centers on critical analysis in writing. Cerca stands for claim, evidence, reasoning, counterargument, audience.

Sharing Resources from our Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice

Our coloring book is full of 30 + pages, all designed by a KIPP Chicago student. Check out De’Ondrea A.’s page with a message about changing the world and making an impact. Copies of the coloring book can be ordered here. All proceeds from the book will help us to install identity-affirming, positive murals in our schools.

Integrating Social and Emotional Learning

Students need opportunities to process the pandemic, living in quarantine, and virtual learning for over one year. They need a space for creativity while working through coming back to in-person learning.

Cultivating Identity Development Practices

In February, KIPP Chicago celebrated Black History and championed Black futures by amplifying our KIPP community’s voices and impact while looking back to celebrate movements and figures in history where African Americans inspired, thrived, and trailblazed in the face of unconscionable barriers.

Addressing Food Justice

In continued partnership with the Office of Community Health, Equity, and Engagement, we provided KIPP Bloom families with a box of fresh food. As we continue to focus on food justice, we are grateful for partnerships like these that allow us to offer nutritious food directly to families.

Embracing Teacher Wellbeing

At the start of 2021, we recognized the reality of ‘Zoom fatigue’ and worked to prepare once-a-month wellness workshops for staff, instead of several events monthly. We made sure to pack each Wellness Wednesday event full of thoughtful, meaningful content!

KIPP Through College

KIPP Academy Chicago (KAC) hosted a virtual panel discussion featuring alumni in high school. Current KAC students joined to listen to the high school experiences of the panel members and ask questions to better prepare for the transition from middle school to high school. Thanks, Ms. Weldu and Ms. Dolan for hosting such an important event!