Program: USMF-KIPP in Mexico Fellowship
- Grantee Location: Houston, TX
- Focus Area: Education
- Geographic Focus: León, Chihuahua, Monterrey, Nuevo Vallarta and Torreón
- Amount: $75,000 USD
- Partners: FEMSA, Mexican corporate leaders
Statement of Purpose
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is committed to a focused mission—to develop in underserved students the academic skills, intellectual habits, and qualities of character necessary to succeed at all levels of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, college, and the competitive world beyond.
This grant supports the USMF-KIPP in Mexico Fellowship of an energetic leader with a background in education, leadership, development, a deep interest in Mexico-U.S. relations, and a commitment to improving the future for children in underserved communities across Mexico.
There has been an unexpected, dramatic increase in the demand for establishing a KIPP inspired school in Mexico. At least five are planned for launch in 2013 and another seven in 2014 – with more inquiries in the pipeline. As a result, the KIPP leadership team has a critical need to bring on an individual on a one-year fellowship program that could then convert to full-time employment if the volume of activity and quality of the individual’s performance justify the transition. Both the KIPP team and key Mexican supporters agree that this is the top priority item in the current expansion effort. Their leadership team has already identified the ideal candidate.
The KIPP model is a prime example of the type of educational programs the USMF is committed to supporting in Mexico. KIPP inspired schools hold the promise of helping to transform the Mexican educational system by introducing innovative approaches to improving student outcomes in schools serving disadvantaged and at-risk children. While it is unlikely that KIPP-inspired schools will have an immediate impact on the performance of existing public schools, Mexican supporters expect that, by positive example, they will lead to changes in mainstream schools’ approaches and standards, and ultimately lead to the passage of charter-like legislation that will provide state support for KIPP schools and others like it.
The key metric of success of the fellowship will be the successful launch of 4 schools in the respective cities of Monterrey, Chihuahua, León and Nuevo Vallarta.
Mexico, with support and investment from the US, will be able to make serious inroads in its ability to reform its education. The future of education reform in Mexico will be guided by this initial work.