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The White House recognized eleven individuals from across the country as “White House Champions of Change for College Opportunity” including a KIPP New Jersey alumna, A’Dorian Murray-Thomas. >
Mr. de Blasio went to KIPP Infinity Middle School in West Harlem, part of a large charter network, to show the value of collaboration between charters and traditional public schools. His warm conversations with students and educators there contrasted with his clashes with charters in the past. >
As CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, and later as the U.S. Secretary of Education, I had the good fortune to visit dozens of gap-closing charter schools. I always came away from those visits — as I do when I visit any great public school — with both a sense of hope and a profound feeling of respect and gratitude for the school’s educators and school leaders. >
It’s not uncommon to hear high school teachers compare the college admissions process to a race: There are hurdles, baton passes, the final stretch. But being accepted does not mean a student has crossed the finish line. >
I interviewed KIPP co-founder Dave Levin, asking about the earliest influences that shaped KIPP. I decided to risk asking a potentially stupid question and went for it: Was there an original act of sharing? Of course there was, Levin answered immediately, and her name was Harriet Ball. >
LinkedIn Pulse - "KIPP: 200 Schools and Counting"
by Mike Feinberg | August 29, 2016
As I write this post, KIPP is opening 17 new public charter schools around the country, bringing our new total school count to 200. This is a big jump from the first Knowledge is Power Program school that Dave Levin and I founded in Houston with 47 students 22 years ago. >
The KIPP LA charter network, which has 13 schools in Los Angeles, spent about $18,000 last year on marketing in the city, network spokesman Steve Mancini said. “The recruiting approach from the beginning has involved a lot of shoe leather — going door to door and going to church meetings and youth centers and having that interaction with families,” Mancini said. >
Low-income students are far less likely than their more affluent peers to finish college, so KIPP, a charter-school network with sites in New York City, runs a three-week “summer bridge” program to give its high-school graduates such as Vincencial a better shot. >
Monique Lawrence is a student on a mission. As a rising sophomore at Siena College, she is the first in her family to go to college. She knows she has a lot to prove and is not taking the opportunity lightly. She’s pursuing an aggressive course load to become a computer science major with a double minor in entrepreneurship and women studies, plus a certificate in community development. >
He started fifth grade at KIPP Academy in Lynn, Massachusetts. KIPP starts the school year before summer is over and also has longer school days than our neighborhood school. I was comforted to know that 15 percent of the students there require special education services so at least Elijah wasn’t alone in his need for extra supports. The very first thing they did at KIPP was to test his reading level. According to the results, my Elijah was at a first grade reading level. >
In New York State, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx ranked first and Kipp Academy Charter School, also in the Bronx, ranked second. >
[Shareki Chaney, Rales Center, KIPP Baltimore]: …"There are many ways we are making it happen at KIPP. We’re engaging the parents at their level—whatever they may need, whenever they may need it. We’re making them feel comfortable now that the health center is there.” >
KIPP Academy has found success across the country and now they're taking on a huge challenge in Camden, New Jersey -- a city known by many for its high crime and poverty. Can they succeed here? And will better education help put a dent in crime rates as advocates hope? >
Mancini said KIPP has seen a payoff from the character-education program, developed after looking at their college-completion data, which stresses traits like optimism and self-control. The six-year college completion rate for KIPP graduates has climbed from 25 percent to 44 percent. >
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. >
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. >
[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. >
“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. >
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