Elementary School Tackles Tough Issues Through New Curriculum
Clinton, who\'s been teaching at Seek Academy for five years, said her ideas about introducing young children to these topics come from her own upbringing.
Clinton, who\'s been teaching at Seek Academy for five years, said her ideas about introducing young children to these topics come from her own upbringing.
Brailsford attributes her son’s progress to Pathways, a two-year-old program at KIPP Life Academy in Newark.
With 90% of its seniors matriculating to college, KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy ranks as one of the top schools in the state sending the most African-American students to a four-year college
"The main thing he did was build a relationship with the mayor and other community leaders," says Ryan Hill, who runs the [KIPP] charter schools.
Copeland’s work predates the #MeToo movement, but her focus on relationships and consent, many advocates say, is uncommon: Both topics are frequently missing from whatever health or sex education U.S. students receive.
Chris Bonner, NCA's director of campus operations, said the cellphones became a classroom distraction last year and students were showing up late to class when they stopped to text in the hallway.
With themes like art, science and math, volunteers with the nonprofit organization City Year packed into Frankford High School to paint inspirational murals throughout the halls as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
It was inevitable, it seems, that Alvarez would wind up a Newark classroom, just like Haygood, her mentor and mother figure.
Today, KIPP New Jersey announced how it was planning to spend the funds, which after seller’s fees and taxes amount to somewhere between $7 million and $9 million.
This gift will directly support KIPP’s ability to serve more students in Newark and Camden, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida, offering thousands more students an education that prepares them for college and the world beyond.
Deanna Guzman was looking to have a memorable senior year at Newark Collegiate Academy.
Students heading back to class got some much-needed help to get themselves ready for the school year
We asked everyone who works in the building what you need to know before Day 1. Here are 50 of their most surprising comments!
Congratulations to KIPP NJ officials, Mr. Samar Newsome, and the young ladies and young men over at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy for a job well done.
Enjoy the next 10 years. You have no idea how spectacular they\'re going to be.
Akinsuyi captioned it: "When your place of employment stays woke."
“I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t the same kind of development for parents,” McCloud said of her motivation behind spearheading the initiative. “After all, it takes a community to educate a child.”
“I do honestly believe in KIPP. It definitely believes Knowledge Is Power, and if it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where I would be. This has definitely been a positive impact…I’m very grateful for it.”
"It doesn't matter that the school has that major. They're less likely to succeed if they don't choose a school where they're comfortable," says Ilyan Nunez, director of college placement at KIPP New Jersey.
"This is what I’d say to them: why would you want to stop something that’s working? Look, when it’s about adults, it’s always about the money. But this is supposed to be about the children. When it comes to kids, you don’t take away help, you add help."
"Transitions are hard for most children, and especially disruptive for children on the autism spectrum. However, Teel felt strongly that Jared would be best served by a move to Pathways’ more supportive environment."
“Senior Signing Day is such a valued tradition at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy and is something everyone looks forward to,” said Armoni Foster, a graduating senior at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy who will be attending Duke University this fall.
"Over 100 kindergarteners took care of some sick teddy bears at Cooper University Hospital today. The hospital gave each student from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in Camden a teddy bear to treat their illnesses and wounds."
“Students from the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy participated in the 2nd annual Teddy Goes to Cooper Day, so says Susan Bass Levin, president and CEO of the Cooper Foundation of the hospital.”
"As our area’s KIPP school, NCA does a tremendous job of preparing students to pursue college degrees and careers in their chosen fields,” said Dr. Tresmaine Grimes, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty.
Democrats for Education Reform President Shavar Jeffries sat down with KIPP TEAM Academy teacher Kinyette Henderson to talk about the role teachers play in the classroom.
The program gives the teens what Porterfield calls the “college knowledge” that first-generation students might be missing and can struggle with once they find themselves on a campus far from home.
Camden's own Coach Matt George deserving of distinction, his players say
In the past, other people have seen limits for Jazzy, but the teachers at KIPP see what I see: that she is wonderful and capable.
My journey through life has just begun. I have plenty of things to prove to myself, to others and to the world. I know I will be the best I can be, as long as I put in the hard work and dedication.
After school lets out at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in Camden, 25 4th and 5th grade girls stick around to run.
By the end of the evening KIPP NJ, which manages the much sought-after public charter school group with facilities in Newark and Camden, had raised over $1.8 million.
For the past six weeks, our employees teamed up to host 10 terrific fourth-grade students from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.
KIPP New Jersey’s KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in Camden has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by Philly.com. This is the first time that KIPP New Jersey has been awarded this honor.
In Newark, 31 percent of our 50,000 students attend charter schools,
“He’s worked hard to create an attitude that, 'We all matter.'" KIPP principal Bridgeit Cusato-Rosa said.
On Wednesday, March 29th, KIPP New Jersey hosted its 10th Annual “Be the Change” Celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Budgets are statements of priorities, and this one sends a clear message that public education is not a top priority.
Budgets reflect priorities “and this one sends a clear message that public education is not a top priority,” KIPP New Jersey CEO Ryan Hill wrote.
Teachers at Kipp New Jersey’s charter schools not only love being educators, they love being continually educated
Perhaps larger charter operators could follow the lead of KIPP and Uncommon and create self-contained programming.
I intentionally chose the KIPP New Jersey schools for my family.
Supporters of New Jersey's charter schools are planning a major lobbying effort.
Frazier, 40, has become a parent leader in the world of charter schools, telling mothers, fathers, grandparents and guardians that they have a voice in their children's education.
KIPP Through College Director of College Placement Ilyan Nunez quoted in US News.
While the financial aid process may seem daunting, it can save you serious money. With February being Financial Aid Awareness Month, there's no better time to start looking.
KIPP Alumna A’Dorian Murray-Thomas on ABC 7’s \
CRPE Director Robin Lake calls charter-district cooperation “a necessity, not a nicety,” and that truth is borne out in Camden.
This season, the Giants helped open another first-rate venue at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy, a public high school operated by the KIPP NJ charter network.
With a Day of Service and a Mural Painting, KIPP NJ Students Will Learn the Benefits of Helping the Community
KIPP New Jersey and Uncommon Schools' North Star Academy both send 90 percent or more of their high school graduates to college.
“Not enough kids from cities like mine, Newark, go to college,” says Justin. But an even bigger problem is that fewer young people finish college.
My husband and I have always believed we have the right to choose where our children attend school.
A $30 million federal grant will be a "game-changer" for Camden's largest nonprofit social services agency as it works to provide support to families in the city, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross said.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the grant — known as the Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grant — to the Center for Family Services.
The grant will directly impact the Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square neighborhoods around KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.
FOX 29 reports on the Center for Family Services Grant
They launched the "From One Princess to Another" initiative, which McCloud says she plans to make an annual event.
"It all starts with symbols… and that’s where an updated line of Disney’s Fairy Tale Princess dolls can make a difference."
Not enough kids from cities like mine, Newark, go to college. But here’s the even bigger problem—still fewer young people from cities like mine finish college.
Students at Newark Collegiate Academy recently took part in a "Fast for Famine" drive at school to raise awareness about hunger.
Renovations are currently underway and will preserve the history and integrity of the original school building.
The Sixers Youth Foundation hosted a kick-off celebration for their signature SCORE program at KIPP Lanning Square Middle School in Camden, NJ.
Watch ABC Action coverage of the 76ers SCORE program.
Watch the NCA Panthers on the NFL's Monday Night Lights program.
There’s a much wider gap between high and low poverty schools in terms of students who actually complete college within six years.
A former TEAM parent I know was pleased to hear from her college freshman that he was visited by a TEAM college-support counselor within his first month.
The KIPP New Jersey community is devastated and saddened to share news about the loss of one of our students.
KIPP Alumna A'Dorian Murray-Thomas was recognized in News 12's Viewer Spotlight
In Camden, New Jersey, KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy is a great example of the type of high-quality school we partner with.
I looked around at the dads, uncles, big brothers, stepfathers, grandfathers and male mentors standing in the courtyard of KIPP THRIVE Academy.
"The second graders marched down Broadway to deliver there donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey."
“At KIPP Lanning Square Primary we believe character and academics are essential to the success of our students in college and life.”
FOX 29 Reports on KIPP Lanning Square Primary's trip to the Ronald McDonald House.
Myers Rembert is the executive administrative assistant at KIPP Academy, where she had come to know Murray-Thomas, a graduate of its Team Academy.
After the ceremony, the KIPP NCA Panthers football team took part in a hands-on football clinic with several New York Giants football players.
"I enjoyed my time at TEAM. What I loved most was the college focused culture and the emphasis on values and good character traits."
A new $35 million building rose and on Monday, the ribbon was cut, marking the opening of KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy.
Phelps Construction Group has completed another Charter School project in Newark - the design and construction of Newark Collegiate Academy.
"It was about coming together to celebrate as a community the hard work of our kids and teachers,” said Ryan Hill, KIPP NJ CEO and Founder.
Watch the segment.
“I applaud KIPP New Jersey for their continued investment in the education of Newark’s youth.
In this video, we watch the faces of three lucky school kids as they realize they’ve just received an amazing gift from their teacher.
Ms. Burke, a reading teacher at KIPP BOLD Academy in New Jersey, surprised three of her students at their homes.
These three 5th grade bookworms at the KIPP BOLD Academy in New Jersey committed to reading all seven...
"This was the best day of my life," said one little girl from L.I.F.E. Academy in Newark.
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Fast forward to today, and I can’t help but feel energized and motivated after attending the first-ever NJ Parent Summit held a few weeks ago.
In reading they moved from the 37th to the 63rd percentile, according to KIPP’s annual report to the state.
An important part of my job is to perpetuate that sense of commitment by helping us all live out KIPP New Jersey’s values.
Her youngest son has only attended KIPP schools. “The teachers there truly, truly set the bar very high as to how children are supposed to be treated."
KIPP Cooper Norcross and Camden Prep report promising first-year internal assessments and the enrollment system launched smoothly.
The state approved just three in February, but expanded 16 existing charters, including proven brands like Newark's top-performers North Star and KIPP.
Tracie Strahan sits down with Ny'asia Welfare-Flowers and Nichole Inya-Agha to discuss the Rise Academy Girls Running Club in Newark, New Jersey.
Newark resident and Newark Collegiate Academy student Leah Jenea Gaines was victorious in her first round of competition.
KIPP Cooper is wrapping up its second year and its first in a new $50 million facility, a building long promised and finally delivered to the community.
Fifth grade students from the Bold Academy Charter school in Newark, New Jersey spent the day with members from Station Sandy Hook.
Like Ali, our public education system must be bold, courageous and evolving. Our attitudes over critical issues, like education, must not remain stagnant.
KIPP New Jersey hosted the Ninth Annual “Be the Change” Celebration at the New Jersey Performance Arts Center on June 1, 2016.
The young athletes, ages 10 to 14, train three times a week after school. Teacher Amanda Geiger founded the team when she saw there was a need.
“So I think the impact has been pretty big, and very positive. That said, there’s clearly still a lot of work to do” Ryan Hill, CEO of KIPP New Jersey.
Students at SEEK Academy have used the story of Lorax as a guide to turn an abandon lot near their school into a community garden.
School’s boys’ basketball team undefeated, girls just lost one game.
“This is a great school, and all the teachers really push you to succeed and go on to college.”- Ronald Torres
Daniel is now a fifth grade English teacher at Team Academy Charter School, which was founded by TFA alumni.
For Bonner, teaching second grade at this KIPP charter school in Newark, New Jersey, is a stark contrast from his days as a rescue helicopter pilot.
Jay Galbraith explains why he chose to become a teacher, and why introducing young minds to technology can teach them life skills.
More than 100 kindergarteners from the city\'s KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy were set up with a special teddy bear and t-shirt on Tuesday morning...
CBS Local Philadelphia reports on a new program at Cooper Hospital featuring kindergarteners from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.
A'Dorian Murray-Thomas, 20, Swarthmore College, founded SheWins!, a non-profit group helping girls who've been impacted be violence.
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?
SPARK Academy went above and beyond what my expectations were for any school, including my experience in a traditional district school.
We are in the process of completing water quality tests at all of our facilities to determine whether or not additional steps need to be taken with other locations. Again, just as a precaution, bottled water is being provided to these schools as well.
“High-performing charter schools are the overwhelming first choice of Newark parents selecting schools for their children in the city’s universal enrollment system,” KIPP schools official Andrew Martin wrote
The largest of the renewals, for the KIPP network of charters, will allow for it to expand its rolls to up 7,920 students, more than twice its current enrollment of around 3,200.
The KIPP and Uncommon Schools networks in Newark, the two largest charter organizations in the state, both won approvals to expand that will widen their reach in the city to more than 14,000 students combined.
At a School Advisory Board meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent of Schools Chris Cerf said the buildings, including 10 schools, a former day care and an office facility, will be conveyed to the Newark Housing Authority.
KIPP, the nonprofit that operates the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy… will invest in major renovations and open it as a charter-public hybrid "Renaissance" school, said Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard.
"We're grateful to the Camden City school district and the community for the opportunity to continue to grow and invest in the future of not only our children, but this great city," said Drew Martin.
I heard many great things about KIPP New Jersey so I took a chance to find out what all the rave was about. I entered my son into the open-enrollment pool and he was selected to attend KIPP BOLD Academy.
She’s lucky to be in a world-class school like the Kipp Cooper Norcross Academy building in Lanning Square.
Renaissance schools KIPP, Mastery and Camden Prep will guarantee an interview with city residents who are qualified to fill open positions. The renaissance schools will also offer adult education classes, including financial literacy workshops...
"For students to succeed," said Drew Martin, executive director of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in Lanning Square, "they need a lot more than a strong lesson plan. "They also need to know that everybody in the community stands with them as well."
Drew Martin, executive director of KIPP in Camden, said Renaissance school operators were eager to identify more ways of serving Camden's families.
Under the agreement, Camden’s three renaissance schools have committed to expanding the programs offered to area residents.
Gilbert and Carlton, brothers who grew up and still reside in the school’s Lanning Square neighborhood and have dedicated their lives to serving their city.
Wilson, a former state assemblyman, was among those who helped make the school a reality.
KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy honored the Wilson brothers on Wednesday by dedicating a new facility in their names – the Gilbert L. and Carlton E. Wilson Gymnasium.
"We are now actually seeing that in our very own City, there is a path that can take our children from grade school to college and beyond…" The path is called “KIPP Through College,” otherwise known as KTC.
"A remarkable 95 percent of KIPP's high school seniors go on to college, and its elementary school students have even outscored peers in Montclair, a much wealthier district."
"Thousands of students and their families have found hope in charter schools, and reversing course now would shut the door on thousands more who want the same thing."
At the annual Sobel & Co. Nonprofit Symposium held on January 13, 2016, four panelists and moderator Sally Glick shared insights and real world experiences in three key areas that are essential to all nonprofit organizations.
While some of the things I’ve read have said that reform has failed in Newark, or that it was a “wash” for Newark’s kids, I am living proof that this is not the case.
For example, some KIPP schools in Houston and Baltimore now have health clinics on site for students and parents.
Lessons to school reformers everywhere: Don’t even think of doing the same.
3D printers enable users to convert designs created with computer software into real-world objects right before their eyes.
"Here it is, the end of the year, we've just reached 105 homicides and what he's focused on is creating a moratorium against charter schools. That to me is the issue," said Matt Frankel
Author Dale Russakoff talks to three educators featured in her bestselling book on Newark schools
"KIPP moved in to a brand-new, $45 million facility that makes good on a promise that many others had broken to a much-maligned Lanning Square neighborhood."
These parents have a group called “Hands off Our Future Collective” and on Monday night they were bold enough to show up at the Board meeting.
"We are overenrolled, with a waiting list of about 360 kids," Drew Martin, the academy's executive director, said Tuesday.
In the 2014-2015 school year, more than 271,000 students ate breakfast at school, with 237,000 of them qualifying for either a free or reduced-price meal due to their low income, the report found.
When a traditional school such as Bragaw converts to a charter, it is possible to track how the same students fared after a change...
He doesn\'t dispute the remarkable success of North Star and the other major chain in town, TEAM Academy, also known as KIPP.
The charters have been taking vitamins and doing lots of push-ups. With nearly 1 in 3 Newark kids in charter schools now, they have a reserve army of parents, one that grows every year.
"Newark's KIPP NJ charter schools have seen some success, believing the answer might be removing the red tape."
What it also means is that five years from now, close to half of Newark kids will be enrolled in charter schools - up from 30 percent today. That's the biggest percentage in any New Jersey city by far.
KIPP New Jersey today announced that it has filed for renewal of its existing charter and an expansion of its presence in the city of Newark with the New Jersey Department of Education.
"Today's filing represents an affirmation of our commitment to the families we already serve, and those who have made it clear that they want to be a part of the KIPP New Jersey family as well.”
KIPP CEO and Founder Ryan Hill filed a proposal with the state to expand from 8 to 15 locations in Newark over the next five years.
As Martin says, “for Newark’s neediest kids, the achievement data shows five years of slow, steady improvement — almost entirely because of the movement to high-performing charters.”
But even if you are trying, what you might miss in “The Prize” is that the past five years have brought real educational gains to Newark students.
"My 6-year-old son attends KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, and his experience last year and this year has been incredible. "
Parents are banging on the gates to get into top charters like KIPP and North Star Academy, and to say no to any further expansion would lock them out for good.
Russakoff tells inspiring stories about some teachers and students doing remarkable work in impossible circumstances, and the much-ballyhooed KIPP charter schools actually seem to be living up to their reputation in Newark.
Rouhanifard has said partnering with successful school operators like Mastery, KIPP, and Uncommon will allow the district to serve more students in modern, updated buildings.
A 2012 Stanford study concluded that charter school kids in Newark gained an additional seven-and-a-half months in reading instruction and nine months in math over their public school peers.
One family moved from suburban Sicklerville to Camden, so their seven kids could attend KIPP.
“I want to point out, our kids rocked, they absolutely did,” said Drew Martin, executive director of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, to loud applause.
Norcross’ family foundation and The Cooper Foundation helped create KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, which held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Wednesday at its gleaming new building near downtown.
"Your odds have doubled of being in a good school if you're an African American kid in Newark," said Ryan Hill, director of Kipp New Jersey, which operates five charter schools in the city.
KIPP New Jersey’s TEAM Schools, another successful charter network, received $8 million of the matching funds, said executive director Ryan Hill. That helped it expand from three schools to eight.
Read more from Tom Moran in the Star-Ledger's Editorial.
“Our school family is grateful for the support we receive from The Cooper Foundation, our public leaders and the broader community,” said Drew Martin, Executive Director of the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.
Drew Martin, KIPP's executive director, said the Lanning Square school opened above 100 percent enrollment and we're confident this will be the case through October 15th when the state takes its enrollment snapshot.
The high schools students who are part of the Weston Science Scholars Program are working with Montclair State University’s Dr. Paul Bologna to infuse standard paint with cayenne pepper, then they apply it to pieces of plastic and wood.
Through SheWins, a KIPP TEAM Academy alumna teaches girls in Newark how to be leaders in both community service projects and by making them aware of social justice issues regarding class and equality.
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In a city where almost half the students don't graduate, nearly all its kids finish, and a remarkable 95 percent of them go on to college.
I knew I wanted to be a teacher since middle school. When I was in middle school back in New Jersey, I also went to a KIPP school. I was in the founding class of TEAM Academy.
Ira speaks with Shannon Grande, a teacher at Rise Academy in Newark, about a seventh grader she taught.
Their parents are banging on the gates to get into top charters like KIPP and North Star Academy, and to say no to any further expansion would lock them out for good.
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