Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP:)

The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. KIPP schools are usually established under state charter school laws.

Founded: 1994
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
CEO: Richard Barth
Motto: Work hard. Be nice.
Revenues: 139.5 million USD
Founders: Dave Levin, Mike Feinberg

What Role We Played

The national news story of KIPP’s success and the importance of its practices NO EXCUSES told for the first time

  • Gave research story to CBS TV Network – 60 minutes.
    The news coverage first encouraged the Doris and Donald Fisher Foundation to fund KIPP— which they have continued doing to this day.
  • Performed school framework evaluation project which formalized the policies, procedures, and practices required to teach new KIPP leaders and for KIPP schools to scale nationally.

See the document attached No Excuses pp. 14-18, 85-86, 93-95

The effort vastly improved the company’s planning and execution functions, created and implemented a new stock policy that accounted for specific SKUs and key variables, streamlined the order

Why This Matters

  • Inarguably the most important education management organization in the U.S. today
  • Although KIPP gave rise to dozens of “No Excuses” school networks all across the country—there are not nearly enough schools with KIPP’s unrelenting focus on quality student outcomes
  • The greatest assets for education reform that KIPP has produced is its student alumni network and its teacher alumni network – both of which need now to be harnessed in a quantum capacity
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