KIPP St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kipp-concentrates-new-schools-not-turnarounds <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The charter school operator is opening a new location for kindergarten and first grade in north St. Louis this fall and plans to have six schools in St. Louis five years from now.</em></p><p>On her cell phone, Tiara Abu has a short video showing her and 5-year-old Jawon, sitting on his bed, giving a cheer and doing their best version of jazz hands.</p><p>What was the occasion?</p><p>“He had just counted to 100 for me,” explained Abu, adding: I hadn’t asked him to.”</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:47:26 +0000 Dale Singer 35037 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds Fostering ‘Grit And Joy:’ KIPP Inspire Academy’s Strategies For Charter School Success http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fostering-grit-and-joy-kipp-inspire-academy-s-strategies-charter-school-success <p></p><p>In 2009, <a href="http://www.kippstl.org/">KIPP Inspire Academy </a>opened its doors in St. Louis. Since then, the charter school has grown from a single class of 80&nbsp;5th graders to a school of 330 students in grades 5th through 8th, many of them behind by two years in reading and math.<br><br>St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach recently spoke with KIPP's Executive Director Kelly Garrett about the school's education model that puts just as much emphasis on character as it does on reading and writing.<br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:34:02 +0000 Julie Bierach 27260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fostering ‘Grit And Joy:’ KIPP Inspire Academy’s Strategies For Charter School Success