By Richard Barth, Chief Executive Officer, KIPP Foundation
One week ago, more than 6,000 members of the KIPP Team & Family came together in Houston—the city in which KIPP was founded—for the annual KIPP School Summit (KSS). From professional development sessions led by outstanding educators to student performances to our celebration at the Toyota Center, KSS was informative, inspiring, and most of all, joyful.
We are filled with gratitude for the many presenters who shared their time and expertise with us at KSS. Continuing with the tradition that started last year, I’m sharing just a few of the unforgettable quotes from the week that will inspire us and fuel us in the months ahead.
“College was the light at the end of the tunnel for me and my family. College meant not having to struggle like we did before.”
– Gema Funez, KIPP Alumna
“The X-factor of great leaders is personal humility and an indomitable will. Great leaders lead with a spirit of service to something larger than themselves.”
– Jim Collins, Author
“Don’t stand still and rest on old laurels. Think imaginatively and keep moving forward.”
– Dr. Henry Cisneros, Founder & President, CityView
“Education is the platform that transformed my story into opportunity.”
– Chiney Ogwumike, WNBA Player
“You look at any great team and you see that they feel responsible for each other. That becomes a pattern of habit and a culture.”
– Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland A’s
“We plan for happiness, but are formed by suffering. When we look back, the activities that shaped us are rarely the happy times, but rather the hard ones.”
– David Brooks, New York Times Columnist
“In most of the world, where kids are born predicts the kind of education they will receive. The mindsets that undergird this issue here in America are the same around the world. But this also means that the solutions we are finding here are shareable around the world.”
– Wendy Kopp, CEO & Founder, Teach For All
“You cannot have a movement without the political support of the people affected by the movement. We have to develop a narrative that speaks to people and organize people grounded in this fight.”
– Dr. Howard Fuller, Director, Institute of Transformational Learning, Marquette University. Learn more about Dr. Fuller’s book: No Struggle – No Progress.
“In my 19 years in the NBA, the values I leaned on most were those I learned from my coaches—values like work ethic, love, teamwork, and collective responsibility.”
– Grant Hill, Media Analyst, Turner Sports Marketing & Managing Principal, Penta Mezzanine Fund
“We need to think big and get to the next level of innovation so that we can realize the next breakthrough.”
– Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-CEO, Teach For America
“We need principals in the classroom giving teachers regular, meaningful feedback. The way we do it now is like getting great players, hiring the best coach, and having him sell tickets in the lobby.”
– M. Night Shyamalan, Writer, Director, Producer
“All great leaders have to make it a practice to farm for dissent.”
– Reed Hastings, Founder & CEO, Netflix, Inc.
“Education is about the evolution of our country and whether or not we’ve lived up to our promise of opportunity and justice.”
– John White, State Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education
Be sure to check out other memorable quotes, sessions, and performances on our website. In the coming weeks the entire Investor & Partner program will become available.
Thank you to all who joined us at KSS. Let’s keep the momentum going—visit a KIPP school, talk to a teacher, advocate for students, or give of your time or resources. Help us make our 21st school year the best one yet.