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Work Hard. Be Nice. - How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

Jay Mathews

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

J. Paul Boehmer

Length:

11h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

06:23


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

16:38


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

13:25


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:19


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

13:35


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

15:07


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

12:51


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

06:22


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

12:52


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

08:26


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

24:55


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:16


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

09:56


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

23:05


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

07:41


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

19:48


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

15:11


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

09:56


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

06:50


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

11:32


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

10:31


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

09:10


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

18:33


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

08:11


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

20:44


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

14:48


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

06:44


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

13:41


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

19:20


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

07:50


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

07:19


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

08:36


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

08:26


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

17:14


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

20:23


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

07:15


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

04:59


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

10:41


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

12:30


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

12:25


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

10:58


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

04:50


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

07:26


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

18:36


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

13:30


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

09:49


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

14:59


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

16:22


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

06:58


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

08:47


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

15:01


Part 4, Chapter 51
Part 4, Chapter 51

12:43


Part 4, Chapter 52
Part 4, Chapter 52

06:49


Part 5, Chapter 53
Part 5, Chapter 53

07:51


Part 5, Chapter 54
Part 5, Chapter 54

05:12


Part 5, Chapter 55
Part 5, Chapter 55

00:38