Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records<br />NPEA 2011 Conference<br />Developing 21st Century...
Aims<br />2<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Lon...
A College-Going Culture<br />3<br />All classes referred to by the year they are going to college<br />College is a consta...
KIPP Through College programs<br />4<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s overall KTC goal:<br />Implement robust programming for alum...
College Completion<br />5<br />Only 2 KIPP regions have groups of students who are 10+ years out from 8th grade<br />
KIPP Philadelphia Pipeline<br />6<br />Projected Caseload Growth<br />
Aims<br />7<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Lon...
2011: Knowledge Gap #1<br />8<br />I’m going to be a doctor.<br />What career are you thinking of?<br />I have a D and an ...
2011: Knowledge Gap #1<br />9<br />A recent report from Harvard, “Pathways to Prosperity” explains:<br />“For too many of ...
2011: Knowledge Gap #2<br />10<br />What colleges are you applying to?<br />Harvard and Yale<br />That’s great!  How are y...
11<br />2011: Knowledge Gap #2<br />Schools they Visited<br />2011’s SAT scores<br />
2011: Knowledge Gap #3<br />12<br />Have you thought about how you will pay for college?<br />Of course!  I’m going to get...
2011: Knowledge Gap #3<br />13<br />
Aims<br />14<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Lo...
What would you do? <br />15<br />Tell the truth<br />Perform the triage<br />Start re-vamping programming <br />
S-T Course Correction #1<br />16<br /><ul><li>Working with 2011 Seniors:</li></ul>Finding Match colleges<br />Focus on mat...
S-T Course Correction #2<br />17<br /><ul><li>Working with Juniors (2012):</li></ul>Pressure on Test Scores<br />Incentivi...
S-T Course Correction #3<br />18<br /><ul><li>Working with Sophomores/Freshmen:</li></ul>Career exploration <br />No great...
Aims<br />19<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Lo...
Long-Term Correction #1<br />20<br /><ul><li>Strategic Parent Education</li></ul>Introduction to the Kindergarten parents<...
Long-Term Correction #2<br />21<br /><ul><li>Curriculum and Programming for All</li></ul>College Knowledge day at each mid...
Long-Term Correction #3<br />22<br /><ul><li>More Balanced College-Visit Plans</li></ul>Meet with school leaders/field les...
Long-Term Correction #4<br />23<br /><ul><li>Strategic Partnerships with Colleges</li></ul>Target local schools with lower...
Aims<br />24<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Lo...
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Numerous opportunities await students who achieve outstanding GPAs or standardized test scores, while students with more modest achievement records must try and gain admission to colleges with lower admission requirements. Unfortunately, as entrance requirements decrease, minority graduation rates typically shrink as well. This workshop will look critically at KIPP Philadelphia’s approach to successfully place students from all achievement levels into strong colleges where they will have a greater chance of earning degrees.

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  1. 1. Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records<br />NPEA 2011 Conference<br />Developing 21st Century Leaders: Creating Paths to Success<br />April 29, 2011<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Aims<br />2<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Long-Term Correction Plan<br />
  3. 3. A College-Going Culture<br />3<br />All classes referred to by the year they are going to college<br />College is a constant reference<br />Field lessons include college tours<br />
  4. 4. KIPP Through College programs<br />4<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s overall KTC goal:<br />Implement robust programming for alumni in each phase of their high school and college education in order to maximize the number of alumni who go to and graduate from college<br /> Programming includes/will include:<br />HS Placement College Placement<br />HS Support College Support<br />Social, Financial & Career Support <br /> Our current alumni are 8th grade promoters in grades 9-12<br /> We will also serve 11th-12th graders at the HS and beyond<br /> We serve enrolled students in various ways , <br />
  5. 5. College Completion<br />5<br />Only 2 KIPP regions have groups of students who are 10+ years out from 8th grade<br />
  6. 6. KIPP Philadelphia Pipeline<br />6<br />Projected Caseload Growth<br />
  7. 7. Aims<br />7<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Long-Term Correction Plan<br />
  8. 8. 2011: Knowledge Gap #1<br />8<br />I’m going to be a doctor.<br />What career are you thinking of?<br />I have a D and an F.<br />That’s great! How are your math and science grades?<br />Nothing. <br />How about extra-curricular activities? What did you do last summer?<br />Oh, and I hate blood. What kind of doctor doesn’t use blood?<br />
  9. 9. 2011: Knowledge Gap #1<br />9<br />A recent report from Harvard, “Pathways to Prosperity” explains:<br />“For too many of our youth, we have treated preparing for college versus preparing for career as mutually exclusive options. . . [Students] need to know that there are navigable pathways leading to rewarding careers in the mainstream economy”<br />
  10. 10. 2011: Knowledge Gap #2<br />10<br />What colleges are you applying to?<br />Harvard and Yale<br />That’s great! How are your SAT scores?<br />700!<br />No. <br />WOW! On BOTH Reading and Math? That is amazing! <br />I got a 360 on Reading and a 340 on Math. 700 all together.<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />2011: Knowledge Gap #2<br />Schools they Visited<br />2011’s SAT scores<br />
  12. 12. 2011: Knowledge Gap #3<br />12<br />Have you thought about how you will pay for college?<br />Of course! I’m going to get scholarships.<br />Sounds great! How many have you applied for?<br />None. <br />I have a 2.4. <br />I don’t have any community service or other positions. My school doesn’t make me do that.<br />Well let’s find some! How is your GPA? What is your community service record? Any leadership positions?<br />
  13. 13. 2011: Knowledge Gap #3<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Aims<br />14<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Long-Term Correction Plan<br />
  15. 15. What would you do? <br />15<br />Tell the truth<br />Perform the triage<br />Start re-vamping programming <br />
  16. 16. S-T Course Correction #1<br />16<br /><ul><li>Working with 2011 Seniors:</li></ul>Finding Match colleges<br />Focus on match/reach schools with good graduation rates<br />Lots of individualized attention<br />Time-consuming meetings, phone calls, etc.<br />Always behind the curve<br />
  17. 17. S-T Course Correction #2<br />17<br /><ul><li>Working with Juniors (2012):</li></ul>Pressure on Test Scores<br />Incentivizing SAT prep<br />One-on-One meetings EARLY<br />Resources for College Visits<br />Setting guidelines for funding<br />Pressure on Community Service<br />On-top of Scholarships <br />
  18. 18. S-T Course Correction #3<br />18<br /><ul><li>Working with Sophomores/Freshmen:</li></ul>Career exploration <br />No great ideas yet, but we are at least asking<br />Pressure on Community Service<br />Creating opportunities at KIPP, vocalizing necessity<br />Creating Leadership opportunities within KIPP<br />Push Summer of Learning opportunities<br />Admission Visits to the KTC office<br />They see more of what happens in the office<br />
  19. 19. Aims<br />19<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Long-Term Correction Plan<br />
  20. 20. Long-Term Correction #1<br />20<br /><ul><li>Strategic Parent Education</li></ul>Introduction to the Kindergarten parents<br />Introduction to Parent Association at both middle schools<br />Savings plan presentations to K-parents<br />Graduation Coach training session for MS parents<br />Other ideas? <br />
  21. 21. Long-Term Correction #2<br />21<br /><ul><li>Curriculum and Programming for All</li></ul>College Knowledge day at each middle school<br />Regular course in the weekly or monthly schedule<br />Section in the weekly bulletin<br />Staff trainings to solidify the message<br />Other ideas? <br />
  22. 22. Long-Term Correction #3<br />22<br /><ul><li>More Balanced College-Visit Plans</li></ul>Meet with school leaders/field lesson coordinators with data for local schools<br />Develop staff-training around local colleges to promote<br />Consult on field lesson locations and agendas<br />Other ideas? <br />
  23. 23. Long-Term Correction #4<br />23<br /><ul><li>Strategic Partnerships with Colleges</li></ul>Target local schools with lower admission requirements but high graduation rates<br />Formalize the pipeline<br />Join forces to raise minority graduation rates on campus<br />
  24. 24. Aims<br />24<br />KIPP Through College Programs<br />KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles<br />Short-Term Correction Plan<br />Long-Term Correction Plan<br />Keep Climbing!<br />

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