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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:
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The exhilarating true story of how two young educators founded a nationwide middle school program that has produced the largest increase in academic achievement ever seen in inner-city schools.

When Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin signed up for Teach for America right after college and found themselves utter failures in the classroom, they vowed to remake themselves into superior educators. They did that—and more. In their early twenties, by sheer force of talent and determination, they created a wildly successful classroom model that would grow into the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), which today includes sixty-six schools in nineteen states and the District of Columbia.

KIPP schools incorporate what Feinberg and Levin learned from America’s best, most charismatic teachers: lessons need to be lively; school days need to be longer; the completion of homework has to be sacrosanct. Chants, songs, and slogans such as “Work hard, be nice” energize the program. Illuminating the ups and downs of the KIPP founders and their students, Mathews gives us something quite rare: hope about the future of education.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author

Jay Matthews covers education for the Washington Post and has created Newsweek’s annual Best High Schools rankings. He has won the Benjamin Fine Award for Outstanding Education Reporting for both features and column writing and is the author of several previous books, including Escalante: The Best Teacher in America, about the teacher who was immortalized in the movie Stand and Deliver.