Dear KIPP Chicago Champions, Educators, and Supporters,
The beginning of a new school year is always exciting; a time to reflect, refocus, and anchor ourselves in our shared vision for the year ahead. This school year, however, is extra special as we celebrate KIPP Chicago’s 20th anniversary.
As we continue to adapt to the new and often trying times we live in, I have found great joy in reminiscing about KIPP Chicago’s history of impact and have felt re-energized, reflecting on what makes us who we are–our Team & Family. Twenty years ago, I began my KIPP journey as a math teacher in New York City as Paris Clark began hers as a founding 5th-grade student at the first KIPP school in Chicago. Today, Paris serves as a member of our Board of Directors, paying it forward and paving the way for future KIPPsters to succeed, just as she has. Paris is one of many KIPP Chicago alums who have come full circle, returning to KIPP Chicago to teach and lead our schools, a true testament to the community we have built. I look forward to continuing to build together alongside all of you in the years to come.
In this issue of the Whole Child Review, you will read about how we are centering joy in our classrooms, partnering with KIPP regions across the country to share our best practices, and building toward success as we embark on our next decade of excellence.
In deep appreciation,