All posts by Michael Alderman

More winners from this year’s TEAMspys

Last week, we covered the first four winners from this year’s TEAMspys. Here’s a look at the winners of our last three awards, the TEAMwork Award, the Kid Focus Award, […]

KIPP NJ Senior Signing Day

Inside Senior Signing Day 2017

Each year, we host an event called Senior Signing Day, where our senior class announces where they’re going to college next year. This year, our class of 129 seniors received […]

TEAMspys 10th Anniversary

The 10th Annual TEAMspys Celebration

Each year at the TEAMspys we honor six staff members who epitomize each of our six values, plus one Mountains Beyond Mountains Award winner who consistently epitomizes them all. Here […]

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Why you definitely don’t want to miss this year’s Be the Change Celebration

KIPP New Jersey’s Be the Change Celebration enters its tenth year in 2017. As exciting as that is, there are even more reasons why you don’t want to miss this […]

Should we still teach kids to take notes by hand?

In a world where laptops, Chrome books and tablets are becoming more ubiquitous in classrooms and 1:1 programs are springing up at schools across the country, have you ever wondered […]

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How you can add computer science to your education curriculum next year

Do you remember when President Obama became the first US President to write a line of code? Computer science is becoming a huge part of what it means to be […]

How to keep kids learning over the summer

School’s out for summer! And as fun as that is to say, there’s a real danger for students during the summer: learning loss. Studies have shown that kids can lose […]

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Here’s how to help your kids process the news of last week

After the events of the past few days, we’re horrified. Shocked. Speechless. And while the killings of two more black men by the police are devastating, it is an obvious […]

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How one teacher created a community garden from a vacant lot

On Aldine Street in Newark, nestled between a parking lot and an abandoned building, you’ll find a thriving community garden. Two years ago it was an overgrown, vacant lot with […]

KIPP NJ Arts Night

How one teacher grew an arts program into a network-wide showcase

Second and third graders, violins in hand, silently walk into the auditorium and take their seats. Katy Brodhead, the music teacher at KIPP THRIVE Academy, walks around the stage checking […]