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As we prepare to begin the new school year with 100% Distance Learning, our mission to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose is more important than ever.

And while we know that there is simply no substitute for in-person learning, we believe that through a comprehensive Distance Learning Program, we can meet the socio-emotional and learning needs of our students, the priorities and most pressing needs of our families, and leverage the collective strength of our Team & Family to successfully rise to this challenge. 

Learning & Growing

Throughout our Distance Learning Program this Spring, we monitored our students’ learning progress, listened to the voices of our teachers and school leaders, our school communities, and the input from our families, and have learned a tremendous amount about what it takes to effectively support our students through Distance Learning. Here is some of our foundational thinking for how we plan to learn, grow and move forward as we begin our 2020-21 school year.

We believe these essentials are critical to the continued success of our Distance Learning Program:

  • A holistic approach to the learning experience.
  • Weekly interaction with teachers facilitated the learning for our KIPPsters at home.
  • Weekly check-in process with families important to help monitor learning progress.
  • Access to technology and internet access, and on-going tech support for KIPPsters.
  • Familiar adaptive online learning (iReady) sped up the learning process.
  • Responding to student learning as ‘timely-as-possible’ allowed students to learn at a more accelerated pace.
  • Additional supports, accommodations and interventions for English Language Development and Special Educational needs.
  • Understanding and supporting students’ and families’ socio-emotional and other basic needs related to the challenges of the pandemic is critical.

Additional needs and preferences we’ve heard from our students and families that will be integrated into our plans moving forward:

  • Providing ‘live’ teaching & learning instruction alongside pre-recorded and independent learning.
  • Greater interaction and ‘open time’ with teachers.
  • Peer-to-peer connections.
  • Predictable, consistent daily & weekly schedule to the best of our ability.
  • Family Training, resources, and technology support for Distance Learning.
  • An ability to balance screen time with packets, reading, and other learning activities.

Foundational Guidelines: 

Our fundamental principles will guide our Distance Learning Program:

✔ Safety First

✔ Joyful & Connected

✔ Academically Excellent

✔ Flexible & Responsive

In consideration of all that we have learned, and in alignment with the new State guidelines for Distance Learning, we will be deeply student and community centered in our approach to Distance Learning. Although there may be slight differences across KIPP SoCal school communities, the educational experience for all KIPPsters will be centered around the following foundational guidelines:

Live Interactive Learning

Our live lessons will cover core content and provide increased opportunities for class discussion and real-time feedback with our teachers.

Flexible Independent Learning

Assignments that our students will complete independently, and on-scheduled timelines, including pre-recorded lessons, packets, online learning platforms, and reading.

Relationship Building

We are committed to bringing joy of learning through daily morning meetings and Advisory groups, weekly teacher & student 1:1 check-ins and office hours.

Student & Family Support Services

Meal distribution, additional supports, accommodations & interventions for learning loss, English Language Development, Special Education, Socio-Emotional Learning, family training, and technology access & guidance.

Accountability & Progress

We will take attendance, monitor assignment completion and communicate about students’ progress in a more formalized manner.

Consistent Schedule

We will anchor teaching and learning within a predictable and organized daily and weekly schedule, while providing flexibility to cater to families' needs.

Important Learning Resources

Google Classroom

From school-specific academic lessons, to our Virtual After-School Program, learn more about how you can connect your KIPPster to incremental opportunities through Google Classroom.

Standards-Based Instruction Platforms

Learn more about the selected English/Language Arts and Math standards-based platforms that will provide meaningful content based instruction for your KIPPsters distance learning.

Independent Reading

Learn more about the selected free online collections of books that can inspire your KIPPsters’ imagination every day.

School-Specific Distance Learning

Please click a school to view Google Classroom codes and resources relating to your student's school.

Need Tech Support?

Call the KIPP SoCal Family Hotline, available Monday through Friday 8AM-5PM Pacific.