Achievement for All
English Learner Support
In order to be an equitable school, our students’ home and first spoken languages should not be a reliable predictor of success. This is why we at KIPP Academy are concerned by the success gap we see in our data between English Learners and students who speak English as a first language. We need to close this gap, so we’ve made a focus on effective EL teaching strategies and a concentration on the performance of our EL students a major part of our staff development time. We are optimistic that our end of year data will positively reflect the energy and resources we have put towards closing this gap.
Lit Circles (within Units)
Literacy Circles are a dedicated time each day when students at the same literacy level are placed into small groups to work on their literacy skills. Over two dozen adults in the building help facilitate circles in which students read and annotate, mine for evidence that answers high level essential questions, and engage with each other in socratic seminars. Each thematic unit includes 3 to 4 weeks of nonfiction articles that help build content knowledge and 3 to 4 weeks of study of a thematically related novel. The daily exposure to textual analysis and academic discourse will build skillsets that we know will be invaluable in high school and college.
Math Extension Blocks
Our math model relies on teacher collaboration to provide students with a personalized experience in math that doesn't sacrifice personal interactions. All students attend a heterogeneously grouped primary math class that follows the Eureka Math curriculum. But students also go to a secondary math extension block. These students groups are dynamic and change based on recent test data and class performance, allowing us to differentiate the instructional experiences for students. Students who have been struggling to master math concepts in the primary block get extra help and support, while students who have demonstrated mastery move on to more challenging math and either other math applications. For example, a group of 8th grade students take computer science for high school credit during their math extension block.