Wednesday, July 2, 2014

KIPP Courage College Prep Leader Accepts Broad Prize

KIPP Courage at Landrum Middle School Leader Eric Schmidt spoke on behalf of KIPP Schools after the charter school organization that began 20 years ago here in Houston was named on July 1 as winner of the Broad Prize, a highly regarded, top national education award.

The Broad Prize was presented during a national charter school convention held in Las Vegas on July 1.

Schmidt has been the school leader at KIPP Courage at Landrum since the middle school charter program opened two years ago. Under the district SKY Partnership, KIPP and YES Prep have growing student programs at Landrum and Northbrook middle schools.

KIPP Schools now have 50,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and the nationally known charter organization beat out two other charter programs to earn the Broad Prize, which includes a $250,000 award.

In Las Vegas, it was announced that KIPP will share its prize award with finalists. Achievement First, based in the Northeast, and Texas-based IDEA Public Schools as a college scholarship fund.

“This is the recognition of all the hard work that our kids are putting in every day and everything that our teachers and our parents are doing for our kids ever day,” Schmidt told Houston Public Media radio reporter Laura Isensee.

Schmidt says KIPP’s philosophy has a lot to do with its success with all students and particular groups, including Hispanic students.

“We focus on both character and academics. And so we not only want to give students the  knowledge they need to be successful in college but also help them develop the character strengths that are going to allow them to be successful,” he told Isensee, who is a KUHF 88.7 radio reporter.

Related KIPP Broad Prize Media Coverage:

"KIPP Charter Schools Win National Broad Prize" - KUHF Radio Report

"KIPP Schools Wins 2014 Broad Foundation Prize for Public Charter Schools" - Broad Foundation Press Release

"$250,000 Broad Prize for charter schools goes to KIPP Foundation" - L.A. Times News Article

"The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools at the National Charter School Confrence" - Associated Press Photos

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