KIPP Receives $100K Grant from the Cummings Foundation

With gratitude, KIPP:MA thanks the Cummings Foundation for a $100,000 grant to go towards school programming. The Foundation’s hallmark program is its annual $100K for 100 grant program, which typically funds small and medium-sized Massachusetts nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Each year, hundreds of organizations vie for invitations to apply for one of the 100 grants of $100,000 each to be awarded locally. Visit the Cummings Foundation cummingswebsite to learn more.

Jennifer Stocklin, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate English Teacher, is a Top 10 Finalist for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

Jennifer Stocklin, who teaches 11th-12th Grade AP English Language and English, at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School Lynn, MA was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.

In 2015, nearly 800 teachers applied for the Fishman Prize. About 100 applicants were invited to submit teaching videos, and 20 were selected as semi-finalists for unannounced classroom observations by TNTP. Ten finalists were interviewed by an expert panel of judges of which Jennifer Stocklin was one, and four were named winners.

According to the Fishman Prize committee she is one of the most meticulous, focused and reflective teachers they’ve ever met. She began her career at Central High School in Helena, AR, as a 12th grade AP Literature and English teacher and Teach For America corps member. In only her first two years in the classroom, she developed the school’s AP Literature program and increased the exam pass rate from 0% to 23%. After receiving her Master’s in Education from Harvard University in 2012, she joined KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Lynn, MA, where she continues to make extraordinary gains with students from disadvantaged backgrounds. On the 2014 AP Literature exam, Jennifer led 56% of her students to score a 3 or a 4, meeting the national mean and doubling the KIPP network mean.

What’s her secret? “A lot of practice, feedback and investment,” she says. “The amount of writing my kids do is incredible.” And she means it. Her students write over 35 essays each year—between 50-60 if you include revisions. “Why? I tell all students: ‘Not yet. You didn’t meet the bar. Try again.’ And they do try again, because—often for the first time in their lives—they get immediate, actionable feedback on their writing.” Whether the feedback comes from her or other students, Jennifer has created a classroom culture that embraces critique, accepts challenges and joyfully celebrates success.

It may seem like a lot, but the goal is about more than just learning to write. Jennifer is passionate about giving her students a voice. “My students are incredible and the work they’re doing deserves to be read by people other than me,” she says. Just this October, her students delivered arguments on the purpose of education to future policymakers in a Harvard graduate class. Later, they wrote letters to the Massachusetts Board of Education to share their thoughts on upcoming legislation. “Their voices matter. I give feedback, but then I step back and listen.” Read more here.

North Shore Civic Ballet Awards Scholarship to 11-year old KIPPster, Michaiah Fernandes

The North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, announces that Michaiah Fernandes has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Marblehead School of Ballet’s (MSB) 2015 Summer Intensive in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Eleven-year-old Michaiah attends KIPP Academy Charter School in Lynn, Massachusetts and will enter sixth grade in the fall. Read more here.