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Model Overview

Program Overview

2016
Year Launched
5 - 8
Blended Grades
400
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


KIPP teachers see the flipped classroom model as a way to maximize learning time for students. This is important, especially in math, where students needed to take Algebra in 8th grade in order to be on track for Calculus in 12th grade.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


Managing the technology itself has been challenging for school personnel. It takes a lot of time to roster Chromebook carts, etc., and it took a bit of time to figure out systems that worked.

Also, teachers have found that creating flipped classroom videos are hard for teachers who might not be as comfortable with content knowledge as others. It is also very time consuming to create videos.

Lastly, ELA teachers using an individual rotation model also felt that it was difficult to create individualized, choice-based tracks for students, and that it also required that teachers be very comfortable with content knowledge. Teachers have to be familiar with the many ways a student might approach a particular subject.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve from implementation. Blended learning is a tool to enhance learning in the classroom, not a tool to replace learning. Sometimes teachers think that technology is replacing them, and it either leads to fear that they are not valuable, or it leads to teachers sitting back and letting the technology take over. Be aware of this dynamic, and help teachers to understand the ways that technology should be used to improve their existing instruction.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:


KIPP Liberation has strong content communities. When teachers meet as content teams, they can talk through systems and norm on processes fairly easily.

Also, the faculty at KIPP Liberation like to try new things. They are innovative, and they are willing to try new things if it’s best for kids. They are open to failure, as they know it might ultimately lead to something great.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts

School Overview

KIPP Liberation was founded in 2006 and has since established a home in Houston’s historical Third Ward community. The exceptional team of teachers and leaders at KIPP Liberation College Preparatory strive daily to mold young thinkers into scholars and service-oriented leaders. At Liberation we focus on educating the whole child through a rigorous academic curriculum, character development program and wellness program. Our students work on character skills such as teamwork and peer accountability in daily advocacy classes.

About

KIPP Liberation College Preparatory Middle School serves 426 college-bound 5th through 8th graders from the communities of Third Ward, South Park, Sunnyside, and East End.

Our student body is 50% African-American and 50% Hispanic.

KIPP Liberation is a Texas STEM-designated academy that emphasizes critical thinking, technological fluency, collaborative learning, scholarly research, community service, and project-based learning that prepares our students to excel in high school.

KIPP Liberation believes that it takes more than just smarts to succeed in the real world, and our faculty intentionally teaches our students the LIGHT characteristics: Leadership, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Thoughtfulness.

School Contact

Contact: Anthony Nguyen

Contact Title: Math Coach

Address:
KIPP Liberation
6700 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, Texas
77074
United States

Telephone: (832)-260-0567

KIPP Liberation's Website

Demographics

314
Total Students
93%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

2019

Blended Program Launched 2016