FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hector Leiva, Communications Manager, KIPP Austin Public Schools
512-569-5866 | HLeiva@KIPPAustin.org
KIPP AUSTIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE MICHAEL & SUSAN DELL FOUNDATION
FOR SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING ELEMENTARY EXPANSION
Austin, TX – KIPP Austin Public Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $747,334 grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. This grant is for the expansion of the Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices Program at all four of KIPP Austin’s elementary schools.
KIPP Austin’s Elementary Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Restorative Practices Program will provide a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhance students’ ability to succeed academically, socially, and professionally. The program will impact over 2,300 students in grades K-4 and will help further KIPP Austin’s goal to provide a safe, structured and nurturing environment to all its students.
“This generous gift from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will propel and support our work with leaders, teachers, students, and families in ways that would not have been possible otherwise. We are grateful for the gift and what this gift says about the importance of social and emotional learning in our community. Thank you for your support, trust, and for joining us on this trajectory,” said Justin Scott, KIPP Austin’s Chief Academic Officer for Secondary Schools.
For more than 15 years, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has worked relentlessly to help children living in urban underserved communities. The Foundation’s commitment to come alongside bold-thinking partners that have real-world experience and are data-focused in their solutions to help students made this partnership a great match.
“We know that often struggling students lack social and emotional skills that they need to achieve success in academics. If we take the time to offer an alternative model, one that includes data-driven interventions to strengthen students’ social emotional skills, then we empower students to manage challenging situations constructively and with greater ease. An environment like this increases the probability of better outcomes for students – and that’s exactly what KIPP Austin has set out to do,” said Virginia Potter, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Central Texas Portfolio Director.
KIPP Austin’s Elementary SEL and Restorative Practices Program is innovative in the manner by which the entire school community of each elementary school in the district is purposefully involved and committed to SEL and restorative practices on a daily basis. Teachers and administrators alongside students will be pushed to continue to develop a growth mindset, reflect on their emotions, and practice active listening. The project is intended to ensure that social-emotional learning and restorative practices programming are practiced by all in the school community and led consistently rather than as a special or one-off initiative.
KIPP Austin is a public charter school network of 10 award-winning elementary, middle and high schools. With exceptional teachers, high-quality facilities, and a nurturing environment, their focus is on getting students to and through college.
KIPP Austin’s tuition-free schools educate more than 5,000 from underserved communities, and 100% of the students in the 2016 class were accepted to college. By 2020, they will serve 5,500 students in grades K-12 across 10 schools in East Austin.
KIPP Austin is part of a national network of 200 college-preparatory public charter schools.
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and its partner organizations are that team. Since 1999, they have committed more than $1.38 billion to the efforts of those organizations. They work together closely, as equals, to earn every inch of progress that they make. And in little and big ways, we move every child closer to the opportunities they deserve in life to achieve more.
The Foundation believes that every child deserves a total commitment to every step forward – no matter how big or small. And they deserve a team that has the experience, resources and desire to make a difference in both the long and short term.