KIPP Voices

We are committed to dismantling white supremacy and practicing a pedagogy of justice to build a more just world.

Beatriz Cervantes, Business Operations Manager

Meal Distribution: A Day in the Life

“Children in our school communities may not always have access to healthy food. Our goal has always been to provide as many meals as possible to children, whether they are physically in school or distance learning,” shares KIPP SoCal’s Associate Director of Regional Operations. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of our community meal distribution days, shared by Beatriz Cervantes, KIPP Business Operations Manager.

Illustration of Teachers and School Leaders

#LatinxHeritageMonth

Having celebrated #LatinxHeritageMonth was “a vital opportunity to dispel ignorance, prejudice and fear through history, multidisciplinary lessons, and celebrations,” shares Paola Kvammen, Teacher at KIPP Raíces Academy. “There is so much strength and beauty in the Latinx community,” adds School Leader, Yesenia Castro. Check out how the KIPP Raíces community honored the diversity of our Latinx communities.

Justice for Breonna Taylor

“The outrageous and deeply unfortunate ruling concerning the murder of Breonna Taylor shook me deeply," expresses Tiffany Moore, Founding School Leader at KIPP Scholar Academy. “Black women have provided, nurtured, uplifted, created, inspired, broken-through, educated, and so much more for this nation." Read more from Moore on how the fight for justice for all marginalized people must continue. 

Start Strong

“Our students need to ‘freedom dream,’” states Mario Echeveria, Co-School Leader at KIPP Corazón Academy. “We need to cultivate a place and space where they get to envision what a just world is and feels like.” In this moment we are engaging in thoughtful and intentional conversation on how we can create liberatory spaces for our students to thrive within. Read some of our leaders’ powerful reflections. 

Leading Towards Liberation

“We never make assumptions about what representation looks like for our students and instead [we ask] our students and families [...] what is most important to them. And really creating an individualized learning program for every child,” says Tessa Mizokami, School Leader at KIPP Pueblo Unido. KIPP SoCal is learning, growing, and developing culturally responsive public schools — hear from our team how they see, develop, and inspire.

KIPP On Learning

“Humanity first. Humanity always! ... There's just a very deep love and commitment to our staff, our scholars, and our community, and that's what keeps me going. … Every leader is aware that we must meet this moment in order to truly serve our communities." Hear the KIPP On Learning podcast featuring Chinedu Udeh, School Leader at KIPP Empower Academy sharing insights, inspiration and challenges during this pandemic.

Summer Night Reads

KIPP SoCal is celebrating powerful stories of inclusion, diversity and hope. Children's stories, for all ages, written and illustrated to share the Black experience, read-aloud by our own KIPP SoCal leaders. We premiere a new children's read-aloud each week on Facebook Live, but all Summer Night Reads can be enjoyed anytime.

Anti-Racist Practice

“An anti-racist person is one who opposes and fights against racism in all its forms and promotes racial tolerance.” Learn more about the several forms of racism that exist and work in tandem to reinforce racist ideas, policy and behavior, shared by Dr. LeAnna Majors, Founding School Leader at KIPP Compton Community School.

Fuel for the Fight 

“...choosing to work in our public schools to realize our goals is in many ways one long demonstration and protest against those that would have us believe that our students and communities have no value.” Read the inspirational reflection by KIPP Scholar Academy Dean, Tommy M.