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The school board voted 4-1, with Ana Maria Pulido dissenting, to approve a resolution to allow KIPP Bay Area Schools, a leading charter school organization, to open a school in East Palo Alto. The school will serve both East Palo Alto and Belle Haven students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. The vote followed numerous parents, students, educators and two city council members urging the board to provide East Palo Alto students and parents with a high-quality educational option within their own community. Students who attend or have graduated from KIPP schools in other cities spoke of how the supportive school community became like a family to them, encouraging them to push through both academic and personal challenges and helping them become college-ready. >
Staffers recommended the board vote yes on the revisions to the charter petition for KIPP Bridge Charter School, located in West Oakland. Many parents and students spoke in favor of the school and the school’s leader, principal Lolita Jackson, asking the board to vote yes on an expansion. The school currently serves grades 5 through 8, but the charter revisions will allow the school to expand its services to include transitional kindergarten to fourth grade. “With this elementary school, we will be laying the foundation. We will be training our children in the community of West Oakland on how to study, how to learn, but most importantly, how cool it is to be smart,” said Michael Walker, parent of a fifth grade student at KIPP Bridge. “He’s actually doing well. He came in reading a little below his level, but they brought him up,” said Walker of his son. >
“We want for themselves what their families want — to grow up in a more equitable society,” says Danny Swersky, founding principal of KIPP Washington Heights Middle School. “That is not purely an academic game, that is a character game.” >
KIPP Truth Elementary, part of a national network of charter schools and one of four KIPP schools in Dallas-Fort Worth, moved into a new campus on the corner last month. Surrounded by a vacant car wash, old auto shops and shaky single-family homes, the sprawling 77,000-square-foot building looks out of place. But the location of the new building was no mistake. Michael Horne, head of schools for KIPP DFW, said the mission of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) is to come into communities where children are generally underserved educationally and to provide them with options. >
While we operate in different fields — Dimagi is experienced in the world of global healthcare, and KIPP in that of public education in the United States — both organizations are committed to doing what it takes to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. That commitment has meant being willing to work beyond the traditional boundaries defined by our fields. >
[VIDEO] This young teacher is currently responsible for the seventh grade at KIPP Sol middle school in East Los Angeles, where she also puts on robotics classes, in which students learn mathematics while assembling and disassembling robots. >
[VIDEO] Tristan Fields helps Emilia and Min get ready at KIPP College Prep High in the Bronx...Students have been practicing for months, with sample tests meant to mirror the new SAT beginning in March. >
KIPP Columbus and the YMCA of Central Ohio are partnering to open a center for infants, toddlers and preschoolers on the KIPP campus on the city’s Northeast Side. The KIPP/YMCA Early Learning Center is to open by September and will serve children 6 weeks to 6 years old, or until they start kindergarten. “I’m really excited that we’re expanding our program to serve kids earlier,” said Hannah Powell, KIPP Columbus executive director. “It’s going to be transformational — another proof point of what’s possible.” >
My name is Wydeyah Hay and I am a TEAM Academy (KIPP New Jersey) founding class member, part of the first class when TEAM opened in 2002. This fall, I returned to the classroom as a Relay Resident at KIPP’s Seek Academy. Through this program I’ll be on my way to earning a master’s degree by apprenticing in a well-run classroom. It was because of the values that KIPP helped instill in me that I was inspired to become a teacher and support my community. >
At many schools in the Baltimore City school district, one nurse makes the rounds at multiple schools. At KIPP Baltimore's charter academy on Greenspring Ave., multiple nurse practitioners, nurses and a doctor are at the school while classes are in session. It's part of a $5 million grant funded by the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation being utilized by the John's Hopkins Children's center. The initiative, called the Ruth and Norman Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education, is headquartered at the children's center, and offers a "wraparound, fully-integrated model of health and education." >
On the day before Christmas, when others took paid vacation, Richard Moten walked onto a median on San Felipe Street, near the wealth of the Galleria. He flashed his white poster at drivers, the message in capital letters. >
Recently, General Stanley McChrystal spoke at an event in my home city of Houston. When asked what the biggest threat to the country is right now, his response was surprising to some of the audience who were focused on national security and foreign policy. He said: “It is not Russia, China, or North Korea, but the U.S. education system.” General McChrystal knows that the stakes are high when it comes to teaching America’s future adult-age citizens and leaders — and so far, we’re just not measuring up. >
It’s no secret that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal law for K-12 education, was long overdue. Multiple attempts to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act since 2007 had fallen flat. So last week, when President Obama signed new legislation into law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—there were lots of reasons to break out the confetti. >
At KIPP 3-D Academy, desire, discipline and dedication form more than the school's motto. It reflects feelings shared around campus every December. Santa surprised Fernando, Gerardo and Krista Acosta with gifts in the library Monday afternoon. They got Legos, clothes, books, gift cards and other things from their wish lists. All are things their mom can't buy. >
Christy Harris was in a graduate English program at Georgia State and working with college students when the realization struck: Students need more preparation than they’re getting in the lower grades. “I saw students who were so far behind by the time they got to freshman year that it was much harder to get them where they needed to be,” she said. “That’s when I knew I wanted to make an impact at an earlier stage, so I ended up in middle school.” >
[TRANSCRIPT]: Children from poor families are less likely to go to university. And they’re more likely to drop out when they get there. That’s the achievement gap, and it’s something that educators have long wrestled with. What else can you teach children at school that will help them get on in life? >
The Fishers and KIPP founders shared the conviction that public schools were failing disadvantaged kids. After stepping down from the Gap, the Fishers had plunged into education reform, with Don — a proud product of San Francisco’s public schools and the University of California at Berkeley — even serving on the California Board of Education. They picked Scott Hamilton, a veteran education policy maker, to guide their philanthropy. He says they gave him a simple mandate: "Go find something that’s working." >
KIPP Delta, the group overseeing the network’s Arkansas schools, won a $200,000 grant from the national KIPP foundation earlier this year to develop an SMS (Short Message Service) application that will allow them to send information to high school students and alumni about the college admissions and financial aid process through texts. >
A trip to the doctor's office on school grounds was made possible for the first time this academic year for children at the KIPP Ujima Village Academy and its sister school, KIPP Harmony Academy, under a new model for a school health clinic that offers more extensive medical services than the typical nurse's office. >
New Orleans has ten KIPP schools serving grades Kindergarten through 12th. KIPP New Orleans also has a program called KIPP Through College, which supports KIPP middle school and high school alumni on their path to and through college. >
“You can’t lose them in middle school,” said Tracy McDaniel, founder and principal of the KIPP Reach College Preparatory in Oklahoma City. His middle school is a 2012 Blue Ribbon winner, often cited as one of the country’s best schools. And that is best among all schools, not just best-performing for a low-income, high-minority school. >
As the nation’s largest charter school chain, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) has built a reputation for its success preparing low-income, minority students for college. But how many of its students persevere to college graduation? Forty-five percent of those who finished a KIPP middle school a decade ago or more have since earned a bachelor’s degree. That’s an impressive number given that 90 percent of KIPP students are from low-income families and the national college completion rate for that population is 9 percent. >
KIPP opened a school in Redwood City this past year and East Palo Alto parents who send their children there have noticed a difference in academic rigor, services and attentiveness. "Our children are losing years of education they will never recuperate," said Karla Facundo, whose child attends the KIPP school in Redwood City. >
The district asked KIPP, an established charter network, to take charge starting with last school year. Turning around a failing school in a poor, high-crime neighborhood is notoriously hard, but initial data provided by KIPP suggest that relaunching the site as Life Academy, for kindergarten through fourth grade, is paying off. “Before there used to be chaos,” said Caleb, a fourth-grader. “Teachers didn’t push us to persevere. Now they do.” >
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Clarence Shippen, a 17-year-old senior at KIPP Charter School — DuBois Collegiate Academy. “I got on a bus with my father to D.C. and when we got there, it was a huge revelation that happened. It was huge; you could barely walk down the street.” >

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