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KIPP on Learning Podcast

By The KIPP Foundation
Join us on a journey of continuous learning as we share stories, insights, and inspiration from across the KIPP network.

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Back To School With KIPP’s New President Kinnari Patel-Smyth

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Back To School With KIPP’s New President Kinnari Patel-Smyth
In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Kinnari Patel-Smyth, KIPP's new president, to talk about the year ahead and her vision for the next several years. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit https://www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
20:43
September 22, 2021
Moving Forward – Alumni Pursuing Their Highest Aspirations
KIPP Public Schools have always been known for its focus on getting more students to and through college. Today, we aspire to lead the education sector in championing a broader view of success.  KIPP is changing the name of all aspects of our post-secondary work from KIPP through college, to KIPP Forward, focused on this broader view of life success, which is inclusive of college, but not limited or solely defined by it. Joining us to talk about the evolution of our approach to educational and career path counseling is Jane Martinez Dowling, Chief of External Affairs at KIPP NYC. Jane has been championing this work for more than 30 years, and since 1999, has been a leader in KIPP on how to best support our alumni. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit https://www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
21:37
August 23, 2021
Creating Brave and Inclusive Spaces In Schools
In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by KIPP Texas Austin College Prep Principal, Juan Juarez to discuss the work he's doing to fulfill KIPP Texas public schools’ commitment to creating brave and inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ students and staff. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit https://www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
16:15
June 23, 2021
Centering Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health In The Classroom
May is Mental Health Awareness month and since the start of the pandemic, one of our top priorities at KIPP has been supporting our students and families who are experiencing trauma on an outsized scale. In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Sheyla Riaz, Director of social work at KIPP New Jersey to discuss the social emotional learning work being done to support students in her region. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
20:44
May 24, 2021
Dominique Mejia, The First KIPP Alum School Founder Shares Vision for KIPP Affirm
In this episode KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Dominque Mejia founding principal of KIPP Affirm, a new KIPP middle school opening this summer in the Bronx, New York. Dominique is also making KIPP history as one of the first alumna to open a KIPP school. During the episode, she talks about her path from a music artist to an educator and her community focused vision for KIPP Affirm. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
23:39
April 19, 2021
Teaching Financial Literacy and Building Wealth in Underserved Communities with Ashley Copeland CEO of Stacks and the City
In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Ashley Copeland, founder and CEO of Stacks and the City. Ashley is a KIPP North Carolina alum and her company is committed to bringing financial education to underserved communities. During the episode, Ashley talks about tangible ways to build wealth and how she’s empowering people to have financial freedom through her work. She also shares her own personal glow and grow moments as a woman entrepreneur. Later, you’ll hear from KIPP Metro Atlanta Alum Nzali Scales, CEO of Zaza’s Kitchen and KIPP SoCal Alum Daisy Hernandez, Owner of Sol y Flor Shop in a special bonus segment you don't want to miss [25:17]. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
29:22
March 23, 2021
Teaching Culturally Relevant Black History and Civic Engagement
In this episode KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Monica Reed, Lead Teacher of African-American Culture at KIPP Inspire Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. During the episode they discuss how she’s teaching civic engagement in a culturally relevant way in the classroom and her approach to designing a unique curriculum that teaches Black history year round. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
22:45
February 17, 2021
Bringing The Collective Voice Back To Family Engagement Featuring Shani Dowell CEO of Possip
This episode, we’ll discuss how schools can become more equitable in the ways they engage with families. Joining host and KIPP Co-founder Dave Levin to share their expertise on the topic is Shani Dowell, CEO and Founder of Possip. Possip, short for "positive gossip," partners with schools and uses text messages to get quick surveys and reactions from parents ranging from praise for teachers to feedback on bullying and school culture. Today, Possip has a presence in 700 schools across 24 states and is currently being used in nine KIPP regions. Shani is not only an entrepreneur and leader in student and family recruitment, she was a public school math teacher in Houston and helped KIPP open schools in three cities. During the episode, she talks about the importance of communicating in a way that allows families to feel seen and the power of a collective voice in strengthening family engagement. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
13:53
January 25, 2021
Why Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities Is Crucial in The Fight For Equity and Justice
For our last episode of the year, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin welcomes two KIPP Foundation Board of Director members, Dr. Michael L. Lomax, United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) President and CEO for more than 16 years and Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix who in June donated $120 million to UNCF, Spelman and Morehouse College, the largest-ever gift to support scholarships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dave leads a discussion with Lomax and Hastings about the importance HBCUs have in the college persistence rates of more than 1,700 KIPP alumni currently enrolled there, and why supporting these institutions is crucial in the path to achieving racial equity in our country. On this episode, Reed Hastings calls for a doubling down on funding for education and housing and Dr. Lomax, shines a light on how increased funding for HBCUs is a catalyst for change in educational outcomes of Black/African American students and society as a whole. If you like what you hear, subscribe to get alerted about new episodes and visit www.kipp.org for job opportunities and information about our schools.
28:55
December 2, 2020
The Power of the Latinx Vote In the 2020 Election
Thirty two million people who identify as Latinx will be eligible to vote in the 2020 election, a record number making Latinos the largest minority voter group for the first time in history according to the Pew Research Center. For our October episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at UnidosUS and Dr. Stephen Nuño-Perez, the Director of Communications and Senior Analyst at Latino Decisions to discuss the influence Latinx voters have to shape one of the most important elections in American history and the work being done to mobilize Latinx voices across the nation. If you still haven’t registered to vote, or don’t know how and where to vote in your state, it’s not too late! Go to WhenWeAllVote.org/KIPP/ to get started.
27:39
October 7, 2020
Labor Day Episode: The Lingering Economic and Emotional Effects of COVID-19 on KIPP Families
For our September episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin chats with Seth Harris, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration, for a conversation about the lingering economic impact of COVID-19 on the workforce in America. Later in the episode, Dave is joined by KIPP NYC parent Wanda Neal to talk about her experience working as an essential worker in an emergency room department.
29:09
September 2, 2020
Reopening Schools: Caring for our Students, Teachers and Staff
In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin is joined by Erin Slezak, Deputy Chief of Strategy at KIPP Texas and Joey LaRoche, Chief Strategy Officer at KIPP New Orleans for a conversation about their regional reopening plans and how they are keeping students, families and staff motivated for the school year ahead. Note: Since the taping of this episode, Texas is allowing KIPP schools in the region to now open virtually for the first four weeks and has an extended transition into physical school for an additional four weeks.
32:27
August 21, 2020
Moving Beyond Control in the Fight for Racial Justice
In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder and host Dave Levin is joined by Erin Trent Johnson, CEO, Coach, and founder of Community Equity Partners, and the Senior Advisor for The Equity Lab, and Kyra Mitchell, Chair of the NAACP National Youth Work Committee for a conversation on the ways in which systemic racism and anti-blackness manifest and intersect inside and outside of the classroom. Kyra also shares her advice for Gen Z interested in organizing and want to lend their voice in this historic movement for racial justice.
26:37
July 20, 2020
The Impact of the Pandemic on 2020 Graduates and The Persistence Work That Lies Ahead
In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder and host Dave Levin is joined by David Page, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Dillard University and Ajuah Helton, National Director of the KIPP through College Program for a talk about the impact of the pandemic on first generation college students. They’ll also discuss the persistence work that lies ahead for college counselors across the country and why bridging the gap between college and career should be at the center of the work.
33:23
June 25, 2020
Turning Hope into Action: Why The COVID-19 Crisis Is an Opportunity To Reshape the Way We View Schooling
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the racial disparities and inequities black and brown families have been experiencing in the United States for decades. In this episode, KIPP Co-Founder and host Dave Levin is joined by Jessica Cunningham Akoto, Executive Director of KIPP Philadelphia and Benny Vásquez, Chief Equity Officer at the KIPP Foundation to discuss how educators, leaders, and advocates can use this unprecedented time as an opportunity to transform the way we think about schooling to better support the needs of students and the communities they live in. We created an open-source repository of resources, templates, guidelines shared by KIPP regions and other education leaders to help support staff, students and families in response to COVID19. Explore the Resource Bank here: http://bit.ly/covidresources #togetherwearestronger
28:02
May 13, 2020
Insights, Inspiration, and Challenges from the KIPP Network In Wake Of COVID-19
KIPP co-founder and host Dave Levin is joined by Chinedu Udeh, principal of KIPP Empower Academy in South Los Angeles and Carlos 'Cap' Capellan, principal of KIPP NYC College Prep for a candid conversation about their experiences as school leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
27:46
April 16, 2020