Join us on a journey of continuous learning as we share stories, insights, and inspiration from across the KIPP network.
A Conversation with NYT Best Selling Author Erika L. Sánchez
For our series finale episode, we are excited to have New York Times best-selling author Erika L. Sánchez join us to talk about what inspires her work, what’s next for her, and how we can ignite students to become passionate readers and writers.
Erika L. Sánchez is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist. It’s now being made into a film directed by America Ferrera. She is also the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair at DePaul University in Chicago. Her newest release and first adult book Crying in The Bathroom is a memoir that traces her life in deeply moving, wildly hilarious prose—from her misfit childhood growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in ’90s Chicago, to struggles with her body and mental illness, to her rise to literary fame.
A Conversation with Farai Chideya, Journalist and Host of Our Body Politic Podcast
This month we are excited to be joined by journalist Farai Chideya to talk about her career in journalism and her insights on our political landscape. Farai is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and academic who tells stories about the human journey, government, and global society. She has covered every presidential election since 1996 and has reported for various outlets, from NPR, ABC News, CNN, the Intercept, Newsweek, and more. Since the start of her career, Farai has championed the need for equitable practices in news media. She's now the host of, Our Body Politic, a podcast unapologetically centered on how women of color experience and impact the major political events of today.
Reimagining the Use of EdTech In The Classroom w/ CEO of Khan Academy
We are thrilled to kick off the year with special guest Sal Khan, CEO and founder of Khan Academy.
Sal Khan founded Khan Academy as a nonprofit organization in 2008 with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy has more than 145 million registered users around the world, serves students in 51 languages, and is used in more than 190 countries. Khan Academy’s platforms include more than 70,000 interactive practice problems as well as videos and articles that cover a range of pre-K–12 subjects. Since the pandemic, the organization has grown from 9 to 280 school district partners across the country and has been used to teach in KIPP classrooms across the network.
Listen to hear Sal Khan discuss how Khan Academy evolved to meet the needs of students during the pandemic, the future of EdTech, reimagining the adoption of AI in the classroom, and more.
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Stop Shrinking and Own Your Accomplishments – 2022 KIPP Alumni Summit Session Highlights
Why is talking about yourself and your accomplishments so difficult? Join Career Confidence Coach Toni Purvis as she teaches how to speak about your accomplishments modestly but proudly without being cringey or annoying, and how to advocate for yourself when it counts most.
Toni Purvis is the owner of Paradigm One LLC, a consulting firm that partners with colleges, universities, non-profits, and companies to provide etiquette workshops, organizational coaching, and career development consulting. She takes extreme pride and passion in helping young professionals navigate their work environment, polish their brand, shape their professional image, and own their narrative. Emphasizing self-awareness and social intelligence, her approach focuses on practical strategies to increase confidence through soft skills, executive presence, and authentic relationship building.
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Mobilizing Young People To Vote
It’s mid-term election time and although the polls have closed important civic engagement work continues across the country. This month we are excited to have Stephanie Young, Executive Director and Senior Advisor at When We All Vote join us to talk about their efforts to mobilize voter registration, especially for young people, across the country.
Over the past 12 years, Stephanie has worked in various communications roles ranging from TV newsrooms to non-profits, political campaigns, the United States Congress and President Obama’s White House.
Launched by former First Lady Michelle Obama, When We All Vote sponsors voter registration drives in our regions and shares information about registering and voting with our families, alumni and students. KIPP is a proud partner with When We All Vote as this work is directly tied to our mission, to build a more just world together with our communities.
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How The Trevor Project Is Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people age 10-24 and LGBTQIA+ youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. This month, we are grateful to be joined by Keygan Miller, Public Training Manager at the Trevor Project - the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization supporting LGBTQIA+ youth.
Keygan oversees design and facilitation of public trainings to advance Trevor’s suicide prevention work and teaches audiences to be strong allies for LGBTQIA+ youth. Prior to this work, Keygan was an Advocacy Manager at The Trevor Project where they were responsible for researching and strategizing on policy initiatives impacting LGBTQ youth at local, state, and federal levels.
For some, this topic may be deeply personal or triggering. If you or a young person you know are contemplating suicide, immediate support is available. Text START to 678-678 to be connected to a Trevor Project Counselor or dial 988 to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidential support.