Saturday, August 02, 2014

KIPP Summit pics and video

I’m fired up! (As I always am after the KIPP Summit and, in particular, the closing gala, which this year was the best ever.)


~15,000 (!) KIPP students, alums, parents, teachers, principals and supporters filled the Toyota Center (where the Houston Rockets play) to celebrate KIPP’s 20th anniversary – and they weren’t disappointed as the KIPP students put on a fabulous show, as did guest performers Common and Mary J Blige. Below are some pics and links to numerous videos I took.


In the pics (clockwise from upper left): my wife and oldest daughter, who came with me to KSS for the first time (and now have a better understanding of why KIPP is so special); Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg honoring the 10 winners of the Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award; the crowd, which filled the arena; Michelle Obama, who spoke via a recorded video; another crowd shot; the ~57 alums from the first two KIPP classes, Houston ’94 and ’95 and Bronx ’95 (truly amazing that so many came back); me with two of my favorite people, Kathleen Nugent, the rock star head of DFER NJ (on the left) and Joanna Belcher, the amazing principal of KIPP SPARK Academy in Newark:



KIPP has posted two videos:


·       KIPP School Summit annual video (Looking Forward):

·       A history of KIPP (Looking Back):


Here are my videos:


·       The crowd doing the wave:

·       KIPP Academy Nashville Choir:

·       KIPP Zenith Star Steppers:

·       Dominique Young (KIPP alum and now teacher):

·       KIPP Academy String and Rhythm Orchestra:

·       Michelle Obama video:

·       Earliest KIPP alums honored:

·       Common performs:

·       Common performs with Dominique Young:

·       Common:

·       Mary J Blige:

·       Mary J Blige:


All in all, an AMAZING event! Enjoy!

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