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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Mathews Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781598879063
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The story of the teachers and the philosophy behind the successful Knowledge Is Power Program, now in 66 schools in 19 states. KIPP has changed thousands of kids' lives, and possibly the U.S. approach to education. This audiobook explains why. "Fast-paced Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/27/2014

    " When educators are allowed to use their creativity and hold children to a higher standard good things can happen. Why have our education systems become political to its detriment? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/24/2014

    " Jay Matthews' writing style was sometimes difficult to follow, but I did enjoy this book about the founders of KIPP schools. As an educator, I would have liked more of the "how they actually do this" included in the book; however it was a nice overview of how KIPP schools have evolved over the course of the last 15 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 1/10/2014

    " Not fine literature, but definitely an inspiring read and helpful primer for anyone seeking to make an impact on education reform. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 1/4/2014

    " Spectacular history of a sea change in education. Following the final chapter of Outliers I became fascinated in the KIPP schooling philosophy. I am following it even more closely now that I've read Work Hard. Be Nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/23/2013

    " I like it! The F word was used in the first couple of pages and its about school reform! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Goalder | 12/22/2013

    " Started strong and finished strong, but lagged a bit in the middle and was a bit choppy. Overall very informative, thought provoking book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Clay | 12/19/2013

    " A good tome on the history of the KIPP schools. Reads a little like an unauthorized biography, which makes it feel less "official." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/16/2013

    " OK - Would like to have more "personal stories" about these 2 really inspiring teachers - kinda peters out by the last 1/3 of the book with "business" stuff about starting up schools "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 12/1/2013

    " An inspiring and at times frightening study of the founding of the KIPP schools. Not necessarily my educational panacea, but enlightening for the year ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 11/20/2013

    " Interesting perspective on education. Well written easy to read story. Impressive characters. Made me want to learn more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Haley | 11/10/2013

    " Inspiring tale of two annoyingly persistent and outstandingly successful Teach for America recruits who go on to develop one of the most successful charter school models in the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Mueller | 9/23/2013

    " Very easy to read and inspiring in many ways. Love to read about education that works, and love "there are no shortcuts." Maybe I will be lucky enough to visit a KIPP school. Became a daily reader of Jay Matthews since I finished this too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/25/2013

    " Such a great and inspiring story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 3/8/2013

    " Fantastic book about the KIPP charter schools - great if you are interested in innovations in education. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 3/7/2013

    " Mr. Levin and Mr. Feinberg are very impressive educators and inspiring figures. This book tells the story of how they started at Teach For America, how they started their first KIPP (Knowledge IS POWER PROGRAM) to how they have gone national. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angi | 2/25/2013

    " An incredibly interesting story of how two men created a school model that has nationally been successful in raising the abilities of impoverished children to read and write at grade level. Really inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion Dickel | 5/25/2012

    " Funny, sad, inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 4/4/2012

    " I desperately want to teach at a school with this model and philosophy. DESPERATELY. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kas | 1/26/2012

    " Evidence that regular people really can change the world. It was a bit strange for me to be so enthralled in a non-fiction read - but I was. Very inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 2/2/2011

    " A friend of mine recommended this while he was applying for Teach For America. Really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/17/2011

    " The story behind the creation of the system of public charter schools called KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) that is featured prominently in the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 9/4/2010

    " Interesting perspective on education. Well written easy to read story. Impressive characters. Made me want to learn more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/4/2010

    " OK, it's nice, it's inspiring. I don't know that these ideas completely translate into all circumstances and situations. Ask me about specifics and I will tell you, but for now I'm too tired and I want to read the Sarah Vowell book I just started!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 8/4/2010

    " I was expecting a more analytical, academic assessment of the KIPP schools' beginnings. This was instead a sometimes humorous narrative of the creators' lives. There is a distinct lack of chronology in the story as well, which makes it somewhat difficult to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 7/25/2010

    " Learned alot about KIPP, even one of the founders had disphonicia like me. I really grow to like the organization and hope to work with it soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angi | 6/24/2010

    " An incredibly interesting story of how two men created a school model that has nationally been successful in raising the abilities of impoverished children to read and write at grade level. Really inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/17/2010

    " When educators are allowed to use their creativity and hold children to a higher standard good things can happen. Why have our education systems become political to its detriment? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 4/7/2010

    " Spectacular history of a sea change in education. Following the final chapter of Outliers I became fascinated in the KIPP schooling philosophy. I am following it even more closely now that I've read Work Hard. Be Nice. "

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