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What other organizations can learn from the KIPP network’s experiments in taking time for renewal. >
CNN - "Can grit be taught?"
By Anderson Cooper 360 | July 10, 2015
Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Can grit be taught? Watch here: >
KIPP Delta students were featured in Essence magazine’s “10 Things We’re Talking About” article, thanks to their involvement with the Clinton Foundation initiative called No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. >
KIPP results nationwide began to draw attention, critics predicted the network’s principals and teachers would burn out from pressure and fatigue. KIPP leaders had the same concern. Four years ago, a working group led by KIPP network co-founder Dave Levin, in partnership with organizational psychologist David Maxfield, began to overhaul how KIPP principals operated. >
KIPP, or the Knowledge Is Power Program, is known for its size—162 schools and 59,000 students nationally and growing—as well as its track record of getting solid test scores out of underprivileged urban and rural schoolchildren. >
George Ramirez is a senior at Yale. He’s majoring in physics and history. He’s come a long way from the mediocre student he was as a youngster in the South Bronx. What changed in his life? When he was nine, he won the lottery. No, not for a check. But for a spot at his local KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter school. >
From an early age it bothered Richard Barth that in the US children from low-income families had little chance of getting a good education - much less a college degree. Nine years ago he became CEO of the KIPP Foundation, which runs charter schools for underprivileged young people. There are now more than 160 KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools attended by close to 60 thousand students. >
We’ve all heard the depressing numbers: when compared to kids from other rich countries, U.S. students aren’t doing very well, especially in math, even though we spend more money per student than most other countries. So is the problem here as simple as adding two plus two? Is the problem here that our students aren’t getting very bright simply because … our teachers aren’t very bright? >
When second-grade teacher Noelle King arrived for work on a balmy September morning, the moon was still lighting up the gray-blue sky just before 7 a.m. >
Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts as they tried to coax JiJi the penguin across the screen of their netbooks. Kindergarteners in a Spanish-language technology class learned to log on to their computers while second-graders did elementary coding on a Flappy Bird game, with one boy turning the birds into tiny Santa Clauses. >
One of the nation's largest charter school organizations has announced an ambitious expansion plan to more than double its enrollment in the Los Angeles area over the next six years. KIPP LA now operates 11 schools that serve about 4,000 students; by 2020, the organization wants to grow to 9,000 students in 20 schools. >
One of the nation’s largest charter school organizations is announcing on Wednesday an ambitious expansion plan to more than double its enrollment in the Los Angeles area over the next six years. >
Most people can look back on their high school years and remember at least one teacher who made a big difference in their lives. For 100 kids in Houston, their geometry teacher is making her mark by helping them get out of Texas. >
The national KIPP Foundation, which operates nine schools in the L.A. area, has been awarded the prestigious Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools and a check for $250,000. >
Students rapping about cataracts, the black plague and the solar system is all in a day’s work in a science class taught by Tom McFadden, the self-proclaimed “science rapper.” McFadden, a Stanford grad and Fulbright Scholar, used the hip hop he’s long loved to teach students complicated subjects — creating rap videos with a scientific spin. >
KIPP and several other educational organizations have thrown out the old philosophy of letting students struggle on their own to develop college survival skills. Instead, they are partnering with colleges that promise to show students how to study and help them handle crises with mentors and advisers. >
Across this country today, thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—of stressed-out teenagers have just completed an age-old rite of passage: they took their SATs. For about 1.6 million high school students, it remains a critical step to getting into college. But now, that test that so many of detested—that test is getting an overhaul. Jane Martinez Dowling is with KIPP Academy, a charter school system. >
After five years in office, the plight of black and Latino men and boys has the president's attention. His new initiative hopes to build on the successes of programs like KIPP High School in the Bronx. This year, 100 percent of its seniors have applied to college. >
However, within this dark cloud sparkles a silver lining of top-scoring schools for Latino and under-served students. Specifically, “Broken Promises” points out the success story of Santa Clara County’s KIPP Heartwood Academy, which is bucking trends and reaching kids that for most area schools are the unreachable. >
Schaeffler oversees the network of KIPP charter schools in the city, a system that has grown from 80 fifth-graders in 2001 to 3,600 students in neighborhoods that include Anacostia, Shaw and Trinidad. That number sounds small, but if you could calculate which of the three school leaders is most responsible for boosting the number of college-ready D.C. students from tough neighborhoods, my money would be on Schaeffler. >
KIPP Academy Middle School in the South Bronx is different. The school opened a few blocks from Yankee Stadium in 1995, long before the "charter boom" and political backlash. It was one of the first two schools started by Teach for America alumni Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg. >
...The expansion is the result of an unusual tactic that the network once known as the Knowledge Is Power Program has developed to help its students get into and through college. Starting in October 2011, KIPP and college leaders signed pledges to create recruiting pipelines and campus support systems for students who often lack the higher-education connections routinely found in affluent communities. >
In a Mathematica Policy Research study of schools run by KIPP, one of the country’s best-known charter operators, researchers found that on average, students who had been enrolled in KIPP middle schools for three years had test scores that indicated they were about 11 months — or the equivalent of more than a full grade level — ahead of the national average in math. In reading, KIPP’s advantage over the national average was smaller, about eight months. >
A new report finds that students in KIPP charter schools experience significantly greater learning gains in math, reading, science, and social studies than do their peers in traditional public schools. The study, which analyzed data from 43 middle schools run by KIPP, officially known as the Knowledge Is Power Program, was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, a research center based in Princeton, N.J. >
As charter schools enter their third decade, the advocates who created them still wonder whether they're living up to their promise. A study released on Wednesday suggests some may be on the right track. The study, conducted by independent research firm Mathematica, is the most rigorous research showing that the Knowledge Is Power Program, an acclaimed national chain of charter schools, provides a significant learning boost to middle school students in multiple subjects. >

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