I am in the process of writing a long piece that recounts the experiences of former KIPP teachers. The following represents some of the data from just one interview, with minimal contextualizing and no analysis. Names have been changed to protect the identities of participants.
. . . . The big list is basically anything and everything because in low income schools . . . [it’s] sort of the methodology behind teaching in low income schools. . . .The big list is every system or procedure that we have in place so that basically it’s controlling every variable in an environment, which is generally uncontrollable. For example, where teachers are in the morning. Where teachers are when they greet students in their classroom. What time you need to have all your copies and everything done and ready. What students should dress like when they come into the building. And some of it we just went all off those and we created this big list. And that was something we did during in service and then we did also while we were at KIPP summit. You set an expectation and the kids have to meet that expectation every day all day without prompters.