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Psychology professor Angela Duckworth’s new book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, makes the case that ‘grit’ is the defining character trait of those who are successful in life. Duckworth defines grit as passion + persistence towards a goal over a long period of time. Those new to her work may consider Duckworth’s ideas on grit novel. >
KIPP KC has rented space in the old Metropolitan Community College Pioneer Campus building at 18th and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City for eight years. Now, the charter middle school has bought the entire 95,000-square foot property as it embarks on a larger expansion plan. >
The late spring visit by Maya Tucci and Donny Applyrs, the co-founders and leaders of KIPP: Tech Valley's new primary school, was a reassuring experience, Taylan's parents said, after the educators left. Not that they had ever doubted the value of a KIPP education, where the acronym in the school's name stands for Knowledge Is Power Program. From the first moment they first set foot in a KIPP school — four years ago on the hunt for a middle school for their oldest child — they knew they had found the right place. >
The Daily Item - “Power to KIPP grads”
by Jessie Nocella | June 10, 2016
On Thursday night, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate’s (KALC) Class of 2016 was commenced at Lynn City Hall. Salutatorian Enorenegbe Idahor reminisced about her school years and how important the experience will be in the future. “As we leave KIPP, we are going to enter a new journey in our lives,” she said. “But it is important to take what we learned here with us.” >
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. >
Many moms aren't ready for their little ones to be away from home. For working parents, the half-day schedule is tough to swing. So every year, administrators from KIPP Explore canvass the neighborhood making their pitch to parents: The charter school's high-quality, pre-kindergarten program helps erase academic gaps that typically plague low-income, English-language learners. Its curriculum puts the student body, which is 96.5 percent Hispanic, on pace for college, they say. >
"These awards reflect the hard work and grit our students and staff show all year long," said Maisie Wright, school director. "At KIPP, we set the bar high, and are committed to doing whatever it takes to see our students achieve. These recognitions are a good indicator of the success that is possible with that kind of commitment." >
KIPP has demonstrated phenomenal success in providing educational opportunities to its students. Making significant academic gains while attending KIPP, its students have exceptionally high graduation and college entrance rates. On Oklahoma’s 2014-15 A-F School Report Card, KIPP scored a grade of A+ and a rating of 99. KIPP’s performance record has been recognized by its selection as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School, as one of the 50 Best Middle Schools in the U.S. in 2014 and as one of the top four Oklahoma middle schools in 2014. >
KIPP Reach has earned an A grade on the Oklahoma State School Report Card for the past four years. But these results are only an indicator of the progress we are making toward our ultimate goal — graduating KIPP students who are career and college ready. To date, 39 percent of students in our first KIPP class have graduated or are on track to graduate, which is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. >
Hundreds of students at KIPP University Prep gathered Friday afternoon to recite a pledge written by their peers. "I pledge to protect the innocence of all children in my world; to support efforts to end child abuse in my community; to believe a child, intervene and report if I suspect child abuse," they said in unison. >
Principal at KIPP Nashville Laura Miguezhowarth was recognized and honored Tuesday as one of the top two principals in the country. >
A fourth-grade math teacher at KIPP Excelencia Community Prep has won the national Fishman Prize for educators that carries a $25,000 award. >
KIPP Academy celebrated its graduating class Friday at the Lynn Auditorium. Ninety-seven percent of KIPP’s class of 2016 will graduate in June, while 90 percent plan to attend college, according to the school. This year’s graduating class also received more than 400 acceptance letters, 100 more than last year. >
It’s the afternoon lull at Bongo Java East. Five students from KIPP Academy are tripping over each other behind the counter, trying to show off what they’ve learned. Grinding espresso beans. Packing the grounds. Steaming milk. “Let’s see how this goes,” 10th grader Ayanna Holder warns as she knocks a steel pot of scalding milk on the counter. It keeps foam from forming. >
As of May 5, at least 77 students in the senior class have received over 300 acceptance to nearly 80 different colleges/universities, according to a release. The students have also acquired nearly $7 million in financial aid, surpassing the previous year’s $2 million. >
KIPP Minnesota opened its first middle school in 2008 to address the racial and economic achievement gaps in our schools. This fall, we will open our first elementary school, offer support to our first cohort of middle school alums who are heading to college, and make plans for a high school. >
As Minneapolis public schools struggle to close the achievement gap, one school in north Minneapolis is making tremendous progress. KIPP North Star Academy is a free open enrollment public charter school, which opened in 2008 in downtown Minneapolis and later moved to its current location in north Minneapolis in 2014. Although the school is a public school located in Minneapolis, it is not affiliated with the Minneapolis Public School District. Instead it is governed by the KIPP Minnesota board of directors. KIPP Minnesota was founded in 2006 - two years before the first Minnesota KIPP school was opened - "to address the racial and economic achievement gaps in Twin Cities’ public schools." >
An Oakland-based non-profit has compiled a list of the top 15 Bay Area high schools for students from low-income families. According to Great Schools, these “exceptional high schools are educating students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds fairly and equally.” >
At KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx, where 100 percent of students are from minority backgrounds, the KIPP ethos of college prep, including qualities like grit and persistence, helps students transcend challenging environmental factors that may hold back their peers in less rigorous schools. >
Imagine reading the local news to learn how schools in your community stack up against each other. But instead of finding this year’s state test exam results, you could see how many students from each school have graduated from a post-secondary school with a college degree or job skill certificate. This vision for a different measurement of student learning comes from my experience with KIPP, the national network of 183 high performing public charter schools that I co-founded with Dave Levin in 1994. After more than 20 years of work in public K-12 education, I have learned three reasons why I think college and career readiness and program completion are better metrics of our kids’ future success than traditional test scores. >
"At KIPP it's really important to us that we're teaching our kids about character and building their character," explained Frank Cush, KIPP Explore Academy's founder and principal. "With this program, the students are learning about what are the things that they should be doing. Not necessarily in the situation where they face a bully, but it's about being more proactive, learning how to be good citizens. We're also encouraging our students to know more about themselves and what makes them unique." >
Through my experience leading KIPP, a network of 183 public schools serving largely educationally underserved students, I’ve come to believe leaders in higher education have never been more interested in charting a new course. And it’s clear that when colleges make a priority of sending a message of opportunity, students respond and thrive. Just ask the 41 KIPP alumni who attend the University of Pennsylvania, or the 19 at UNC Chapel Hill, or the 10 at Wesleyan University, or the 34 at Franklin and Marshall, or the 15 at UC Berkeley. If this is possible for students at one network of schools, think what is possible for this nation. >
U.S. News says Colorado's top 10 high schools overall (including charter, magnet and public) are: 1. Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). 2. KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, Denver, Denver Public Schools (DPS). >
LASA, a magnet school, ranked No. 7 in Texas and No. 43 nationally on the list, which came out Tuesday. KIPP Austin Collegiate, a public charter school, came in second in the Austin area and was No. 10 in the state. >
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. >

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