Making schools work : Michael Feinberg on the KIPP model

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  • KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. In this interview, KIPP co-developer Michael Feinberg joins Hedrick Smith to discuss the program-a reform initiative created as a model for middle school reform, starting in fifth grade. The purpose of KIPP? "To provide kids with the academic, intellectual, and character skills they need to succeed in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond," says Mr. Feinberg.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 07, 2006.
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  • Introduction to the KIPP Model (3:13) -- Creation of KIPP (3:24) -- KIPP Model: Long School Hours Improve Student Achievement (1:31) -- Michael Feinberg: Personal Feelings about his 5th Grade Students (2:23) -- KIPP Model: An Emphasis on Student Teamwork, Structure, and Discipline (2:40) -- KIPP Model: Rewards and Incentives (1:20) -- Demographics of KIPP Schools (1:40) -- Michael Feinberg's Mission (3:24) -- KIPP Teachers: Beliefs and Qualities (6:31) -- KIPP Teachers: Teaching Experience Coupled with Creativity (1:32) -- KIPP Math Philosophy (3:37) -- KIPP Teachers: Training and Development (1:10) -- KIPP Expands to High School and Preschool Levels (4:31) -- KIPP Can Work in All Communities (4:41) -- Core Motivation of KIPP (4:00) -- Biggest Challenges of KIPP (1:20) -- "KIPPster" Defined (0:35) -- Feinberg Discusses Mission and School Funding (4:02) -- Demands on KIPP Teachers (2:32) -- Mathematics Chants (0:57) -- Education Eliminates the Gap Between the "Haves" and "Have-Nots" (1:46)
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