What Brings Our Teachers Together?

Who are our teachers and what common threads bring our teachers together?


RPIA connects rock star teachers from across schools to create a transformative teacher learning space that empowers teachers to empower their students. We tackle systemic problems rooted in the toxic message that low-income students of color are meant to be kept under control: actively disrupting that system and restoring all that can be with students takes work. We seek out teachers with the qualities we believe are necessary to carry out this complex work and rebuild power with students.

It’s awesome to be with a group of educators who get it. We all love our students and we all have a deep desire to improve our practice. Everyone in this groups makes me a better educator.


RPIA Teacher

Our Cohort Schools

  • Phoenixville High School

    RPIA School Since: 2020

    Cohort: Phoenixville

  • Andrew J. Morrison School

    RPIA School Since: 2021

    Cohort: Philadelphia Academy

  • Overbrook Educational Center

    RPIA School Since: 2019

    Cohort: Philadelphia Academy

  • Memphis Street Academy

    RPIA School Since: 2021

    Cohort: Philadelphia

  • Alain Locke Elementary

    RPIA School Since: 2019

    Cohort: Philadelphia

  • Overbrook School for the Blind

    RPIA School Since: 2019

    Cohort: Philadelphia

What Does it Take to be an RPIA Teacher?

All RPIA Teachers share four qualities that bring them together.

With these foundational qualities, RPIA Teachers build upon each other’s strengths and take their teaching practice to the next level. Together.

Strong Classroom Management

An RPIA Teacher already has a well managed classroom where students are consistently on task. An RPIA Teacher knows there is something more to achieve in the classroom and is ready to push past this level with their students.

Asset-Based Mindsets

An RPIA Teacher focuses on the strengths of their students, their parents, and their school neighborhood. An RPIA Teacher is known for the way they respect their students and families.

Exemplary Implementation

An RPIA Teacher can be counted on to implement new teaching strategies in the classroom. An RPIA Teacher holds themselves accountable to deadlines and expects other educators to operate with similar levels of professionalism.

Reflective & Coachable

An RPIA Teacher questions their teaching practice daily, always seen asking themselves and others how they can keep improving. Good enough is never good enough for an RPIA Teacher.

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