Summer learning is key to Albany charter school's success

One of the key tenets of charter schools is their ability to innovate. That innovation can take many forms, and at KIPP charter schools it often means a longer school day and year. At Albany’s KIPP Tech Valley Primary Charter School scholars are afforded non-optional summer programming to ensure they are learning all year long. 

We recently caught up with School Leader Maya Tucci to check in on the summer program and how the school’s youngest scholars are responding to it.

“One of the pillars of KIPP is more time, which for us means a longer school year. We provide our students with 200 days of learning, over the traditional 180. We prioritize summer learning, and it starts with our kids entering Kindergarten. The first part of our program for our youngest students focuses on school rules and what types of behavior we expect. We then move on to learn about the school values, routines, and eventually get immersed in academics,” Tucci said.

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Maya Tucci

Founding Principal - KTV Primary School

Maya Tucci will begin her tenth year in education as founding principal of KIPP: TECH VALLEY Elementary School in Albany, NY in the fall of 2016. She is returning to her hometown after gaining experience at KIPP: NYC as both a leader and a teacher. After teaching kindergarten at KIPP: STAR Elementary School, Maya moved into a leadership role as a Dean of Teaching and Learning, coaching teachers and managing curriculum for grades K-3. Prior to her work in New York City, she taught for four years at KIPP: TECH VALLEY Middle School in Albany. Maya began as the 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher, taught 5th and 6th grade English Language Arts, and acted as the ELA Department Coordinator. She has an M.S. in Special Education Inclusion from the University at Albany, and a B.S. in Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish from the College of Saint Rose. Maya aspires to work with teachers and families to build a culture that consistently models strong academic and character habits for students beginning on their very first day of school.