KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston Receive Grants to Support STEM Career Learning

Lynn, MA – February 6, 2020 – KIPP Massachusetts announced today that it has received grant funds from the One8 Foundation and the Baker-Polito Administration to offer an expanded curricular program from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) that will better prepare students for career success. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. KIPP  joins more than 12,200 schools across the country offering PLTW programs to millions of students. KIPP Massachusetts’ two middle schools, KIPP Academy Boston and KIPP Academy Lynn, both received $15,000 to implement a new 7th grade engineering curriculum called “Automation and Robotics,” which will prepare students with the engineering skills students will need in order to pursue higher level classes in high school and beyond.

“Our organization strives to give students the opportunity to lead choice-filled lives; this includes access to the engineering and technology careers that continue to grow in demand,” said Jay Galbraith, Secondary Science Achievement Leader at KIPP Massachusetts. “By adding Automation and Robotics to our K-12 engineering program, we are providing yet another opportunity for our kids to engage with problem-solving using computational thinking and creativity.”

KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston are just two of 82 schools across the Commonwealth to receive the grant, which is supported by the Administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub.

“Our administration is committed to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps in STEM fields for students across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Partnerships with organizations like Project Lead the Way allow us to provide children with opportunities to learn hands-on, real-world STEM skills and put them on a pathway to success in the classroom and beyond.”

KIPP will use grant funds to strengthen its PLTW program with PLTW Engineering. Funds from the grant will also support teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on applied learning courses.

“We are proud to partner with KIPP to empower students to develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills to thrive in our evolving world,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO. “Thank you to the Governor’s Office, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub for making these grants possible and further investing in Massachusetts’ students.”

“We are thrilled to support educators across the Commonwealth to bring applied learning and STEM education to their schools in a way that has students learning rigorous STEM content and then applying it to solve real world problems,” said Joanna Jacobson, President of the One8 Foundation.


About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

About One8 Foundation and Mass STEM Hub

The One8 Foundation propels and supports outstanding leaders with compelling ideas that deliver scaled, sustainable social impact. Education is one of the One8 Foundation’s strategic giving areas, with a focus on preparing students for a rapidly changing high-tech world through applied learning and STEM education. Mass STEM Hub is a program of the One8 Foundation and its mission is to provide schools with access to and support for applied learning and STEM education that builds knowledge and skills students need to succeed in a rapidly changing, high tech world. One8 Foundation and Mass STEM Hub have helped scale Project Lead The Way’s K-12 curriculum in engineering, computer science and biomedical science to over 45,000 students in Massachusetts enabling students to learn how to take theory to practice with real world problem solving. To learn more, visit one8.org and mass-stemhub.org.

About KIPP Massachusetts

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP MA operates five public charter schools across Boston and Lynn, serving more than 2,000 students in grades K-12. KIPP MA has a 15-year track record of preparing students in educationally under-served communities for success in college and life.

About KIPP

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. There are 242 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating over 100,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. KIPP believes that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

KIPP Receives $5,000 award from Ron Hutter of GE

Lynn, MA- December 17, 2019- Ron Hutter, Vice President- Turboshaft Engine Sales at GE Aviation, and KIPP Massachusetts Fund Board President, was honored with a career achievement award at GE Aviation’s Annual Leadership Meeting. He received the Military Systems Operation Customer Advocacy Award in recognition of his career achievements in building strong customer relationships, advocating for customers and finding solutions that have both satisfied their needs and delivered significant sales growth for GE Aviation. Ron is the Sales Executive leading Military Engine and Services Sales for GE. He has worked at GE for 34 years and at Lynn’s GE location for 12 years.

The award comes with a $5,000 donation to the non-profit of the winner’s choice, and Ron has generously decided to choose KIPP Massachusetts as the recipient. Ron has been involved with KIPP Massachusetts for the past twelve years. He has coordinated volunteer events based on STEM education and participated in STEM events at KIPP and in Lynn. He has also served as the KIPP Massachusetts Fund Board President for the past two years. On December 17th, Ron presented the award to KIPP MA students.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director says, “Ron deeply believes in the power and potential of the students and families of Lynn. Since he first arrived at GE Aviation, Ron has been a champion for our students, providing opportunities for field learning, connecting GE volunteers to schools, and increasing access for science and engineering.”

KIPP Students Continue to Achieve at High Levels and Achieve Substantial Growth

Across all schools, KIPPsters excelled on the MCAS in 2019. KALE’s founding class of kindergarteners took the third grade MCAS for the first time in 2019. Eighty percent of those students Met or Exceeded expectations in ELA, making KALE the third-ranked charter school in the state and eighth-ranked among districts in 3rd Grade ELA. KALE’s performance was on par with districts like North Reading and Hingham, which have a dramatically lower percent of students classified as high-needs (25% and 16%, respectively, versus 71%).

KABE had particularly high performance in 4th grade Math, with 74% of students Meeting or Exceeding Standards, compared to 49% statewide. KABE 4th graders were the first class of KABE kindergarteners, showing the compounding value of a KIPP education. We are excited to see what these students accomplish in 5th grade and beyond.

KAL 5th graders outperformed the state in ELA, Math, and Science in their first year at KIPP. Compared to their performance in 4th grade at other schools, 15% more students Met/Exceeded expectations in ELA and 14% more Met/Exceeded expectations in Math.

At KAB, 8th grade students improved over their 7th grade performance, with 10% more students Meeting/Exceeding Expectations in Math and 12% more Meeting/Exceeding Expectations in ELA.

KALC students performed well on the Next Generation MCAS, where the proficiency rate across the state in ELA dropped from 91% to 70%. KALC students outperformed the state in ELA, Science, and Math. Eighty percent of KALC 9th and 10th graders met Math standards, while statewide only 58% of students met the standards.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director says, “We are excited by our students’ progress and achievement on the MCAS. We are also thrilled to see the growth that Lynn, Boston, and other charters made this year. We are all working towards the day when every student in the Commonwealth is able to realize a choice-filled life through their education.”

“Over the past few years, we have increased clarity and focus around the alignment of academic design and school culture,” Dolan says. “Our students, families, and staff have worked to create an environment where all students can thrive. KIPP is also proud to have 50% of our teachers, leaders, and staff identify as people of color, an increase from 15% in 2010. This diversity makes us a stronger organization and better able to serve our students.”