KIPP: Reforming Urban Education

Written by on March 19, 2009 in Education, North America, Videos, World - 3 Comments


KIPP, acronym for Knowledge is Power Program, was founded in 1994 by two alums of the Teach for America program, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin. Feinberg and Levin, public education visionaries, have created a model for educating urban youth that works and one that is tangibly changing the thousands of low-income students.


Emerging from the creation of a single fifth grade class over 14 years ago, KIPP has grown to over 66 schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP’s impact has been remarkable:

While fewer than one in five low-income students attend college nationally, KIPP’s college matriculation rate stands at more than 80 percent for students who complete the eighth grade at KIPP. In 2007, nearly 95 percent of KIPP alumni went on to college-preparatory high schools; collectively, they have earned millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid since 2000.

If you would like to learn more about inspirational story of KIPP, check out Work Hard. Be Nice, a new book by an education columnist and tenured reporter from the Washington Post, Jay Matthews.  Below is KIPP’s informative welcome video.



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