I was impressed to read this from the KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (KSPA) newsletter today:
Teachers from KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy volunteered at Manual High School on Friday, August 10. After being closed last school year, Manual reached out to the community to help make the school ready for its new class of freshman. KSPA's involvement with Manual goes back to an earlier time this year. Manual's new principal, Rob Stein, KSPA School Leader, Rich Barrett, and the principals from West Denver Prep and Denver School of Science and Technology meet monthly for informal breakfasts to discuss best practices, leading a school with similar demographics, and idea-sharing. Thank you to KSPA's faculty and staff for taking time to support public high schools in Denver and for making a difference at Manual.
Kudos to the teachers who took their valuable time to help prepare Manual HS for a new school year. These KSPA teachers already work much more than the average teacher. KSPA says their students have 70% more time in school than their counterparts. KSPA teachers have cell phones to respond to questions from their students at any time. They went above and beyond--again--to help at Manual HS.
I was also pleased to read that Rich Barrett, Rob Stein, Chris Gibbons and Bill Kurtz meet together to discuss best practices at their schools. The three charter schools (KSPA, W Denver Prep and Denver School of Science & Technology) are all very similar. They're excellent models for Manual to emulate!