Shoot, Miss, Recover, Succeed
At KIPP Adelante, we are obsessed with providing our students with access to all that they deserve so they can lead contented, choice-filled lives. College access is part of that, but not the end goal. Over the last two decades, KIPP has learned that students living in low-income communities need more than just good instruction.
We view social-emotional learning as an academic intervention that allows students to identify and regulate their emotions and responses. Advisory Groups, Restorative Practices and Mindfulness Techniques support students, foster relationships, and allow each of us to take ownership of our impact on the community. We recognize that in order to serve our students, we must nurture and teach the whole child, so that they can shoot, miss, recover and succeed.
Social-Emotional Learning as an academic intervention
Social-Emotional Learning is a complex set of valuable “soft skills” that are foundational to any successful person.
At KIPP Adelante, we know that these soft skills need to be intentionally developed in adolescents—and in our students in particular—if they are to succeed in the face of the challenges that lie ahead for them. Many of our KIPPsters will be the first in their families to apply to and attend college, are dual-language learners, will have to work through school, some are undocumented immigrants, or will have to “catch up” as they are as many as four grade levels behind their peers when they arrive at our door in 5th grade.
To equip our KIPPsters for the 21st Century, they need to know how to collaborate with others, synthesize information from various sources, communicate in various forms, and innovate new products and ideas.
All of this requires more than academic preparation. It requires an approach to the whole learner.
Advisory: KIPP Adelante students meet twice a week in small, mixed-age groups with an Advisor that stays with them during their entire tenure at our school. Advisory groups build community and afford leadership opportunities across grades, and also provide a space where every child can be known well by at least one adult in the building.
Restorative Practices: Every person makes mistakes and suffers lack of judgement occasionally. Despite our high expectations for student academics and behavior, KIPPsters are no different; it is developmentally appropriate for young people to make mistakes and learn from them. We have committed to reserving suspensions and expulsions to only the most severe of situations and instead engage students, classmates, staff and families in Restorative conversations to discuss the impact and solution when problems arise from bad decision-making.
KIPP Character Strengths: By focusing on different character strengths throughout the year, we develop a shared language to codify shared understandings about the behaviors and mindsets that lead to success: Grit, Zest, Social Intelligence, Self-Control, Gratitude, Curiosity and Optimism.