The Whole Child Review

Issue No. 8, Winter 2022

Opening letter collage

Opening Letter

Dear KIPP Chicago Champions, Educators, and Supporters: It is with deep gratitude to our KIPP Chicago community of educators that I write to you. Since our last edition, we navigated through extremely challenging times, but I couldn’t be more proud of our entire community.

Increasing Family and Community Partnerships

As she heads into her 3rd year with KIPP Chicago, we couldn’t be more thrilled for Jennifer Hodges’ well-deserved feature in Crain’s Chicago Business’ cohort of 71 notable Black Leaders and Executives. Check out her video feature to hear more about the early experiences that shaped her current purpose.

Embracing an Inclusive and Challenging Curriculum

The MVMT is a financial literacy curriculum initiative created by KIPP AMP (NYC) Middle School principal, Antoine Lewis. The MVMT believes that fostering literacy, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial spirit in our young people is the ultimate anti-racist act and will build a better future for Black communities and us all.

Sharing Resources from our CMASJ

On October 26th, a group of students enrolled in Loyola’s Philosophy of Education course toured our CMASJ with Jennifer Hodges. The purpose of this class is to provide space for future educators to define the purpose of education while also challenging them to rethink how they view education and schooling.

Integrating SEL

A KIPP Bloom College Prep student approached Susie Johnson, School Social Worker, and asked her to create an anime after-school club. Without knowing much about anime, but knowing a lot about RULER, Ms. Johnson, KIPP Bloom social worker and SEL Chair, combined anime and RULER to create Anime & Me club.

Cultivating Identity Development Practices

KIPP Academy Chicago (KAC) School Leader, Jess Valerio, recently fulfilled a vision she has had for years to adorn each classroom door with images of BIPOC leaders, artists, innovators, athletes, academics, and creatives.

Addressing Food Justice

Our Winter Warm Up event allowed us to partner with ChiFresh Kitchen to serve 1,064 freshly cooked meals at each campus.

Enhancing Teacher Wellbeing

Each school’s wellness champion is a teacher, paraprofessional, operations leader, or assistant principal who is committed to staff wellbeing. Their goal is to promote and help to communicate the calendar of wellness events for our KIPP Chicago community.