CHARACTER

 

KIPP’s longstanding motto – “Work hard. Be nice.” – isn’t just a tagline. Since KIPP’s beginning in 1994, the development of character has been as important to us as the teaching of rigorous academics.  

 

Together, they are the yin-yang that make our schools come alive.  We believe both are critical to the success of our students in college and in life.

ABOUT KIPP’S CHARACTER WORK

 

KIPP offers teachers, kids, and parents a structured, meaningful way to talk about and develop character. Our approach is rooted in the research of Dr. Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Chris Peterson (University of Michigan) that identifies 24 character strengths as leading to engaged, meaningful, and purposeful lives. At KIPP, explicitly creating opportunities to develop character is infused throughout the school day.

 

 

 

FOCUSING ON 7 STRENGTHS

 

Building off of a research partnership between KIPP NYC and Dr. Angela Duckworth (University of Pennsylvania), KIPP is now especially focused on seven highly predictive strengths: zest, grit, self-control, optimism, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity. We’ve integrated our own experiences as teachers with the research of Seligman, Peterson, and Duckworth to create a road map for the development of each strength. For example, to help teachers, kids, and parents develop grit we ask them to reflect on whether they try very hard after experiencing failure.

 

KIPP schools around the country are now focused on how we can integrate a more structured and measurable approach to character development.

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Grit
Grit

Grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals.

Zest
Zest

Zest, sometimes referred to as vitality, is an approach to life filled with excitement and energy.

Social Intelligence
Social Intelligence

Social intelligence refers to awareness of other people’s motives and feelings as well as using this understanding to navigate social situations appropriately.

Self-Control
Self-Control

Self-control is the capacity to regulate thoughts, feelings, or behaviors when they conflict with valued goals.

Curiosity
Curiosity

Curiosity is the search for information for its own sake. Active open-mindedness means exploring a wide range of relevant information when trying to draw a conclusion, including information that challenges our own initial assumptions.

Optimism
Optimism

Optimism is the expectation that the future holds positive possibilities and the confidence that, with effort, these possibilities become likelihoods.

Gratitude
Gratitude

Gratitude refers to appreciation for the benefits we receive from others and the desire to reciprocate with our own positive actions.