“Work hard. Be Nice.” is one of the slogan used in KIPP charter schools. Slogans, chants and songs are elements of larger programs used in charter KIPP schools to raise students to academic excellence. In 1994, two teachers, Dave Levin and Mike launched a fifth-grade public school program in inner-city Houston, Texas. They had just completed their commitment to Teach For America, and were recognizing they failed in their classrooms. The new program they launched themselves was KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program). It was so successful that today there are 99 KIPP schools serving over 26,000 students in 20 states and Washington, DC.
In his thought-provoking (and fun) book, “Work Hard. Be Nice”, Jay Matthews, tells us about what makes KIPP schools. Through interviews with the founders, Matthews discuss KIPP programs history and accomplishments, their key elements, as well as the battles, or controversies they (still) raise.
Jay Mathews is the author of six previous books, including “Escalante: The Best Teacher in America”, about the teacher who was immortalized in the movie “Stand and Deliver”. He has won the Benjamin Fine Award for Outstanding Education Reporting for both features and column writing. He covers education for the “Washington Post”.
Join us for an engaging discussion on the book “Work Hard. Be Nice.” at the Foundation Center on Wednesday, June 13th. Across the United States many low-income and at-risk students in public schools have low educational achievement and few chose to pursue college. Some have touted that the onset of a new education paradigm with Teach for America and charter schools (such as KIPP Schools) has created a working solution that eradicates the inequity of public schools. Others contend that a parallel school system will not fix the root of the problem and will continue to leave many children behind. Undoubtedly, charter schools have revolutionized education across the United States, but are they a lasting solution?
Come share your insight, perspective, and hope for the current landscape and future of education in the United States. You do not have to have finished (or even read) the book to attend. Snacks and Drinks will be served.
Further links for those interested to know more about KIPP schools: http://www.kippla.org/kao/