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Jill Kolasinski


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T C 125K • Subjects In Arts & Sciences

42784 • Fall 2021
Meets M 4:00PM-5:00PM RLP 1.104

 

Description

The primary focus of this course will be training students to volunteer at one of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Austin schools, within one of the existing Plan II/KIPP Partnership service programs, KAL Mentoring or Plan Tutoring.  KAL Mentoring is a cross-age mentoring program in which selected Plan II students are matched with middle school-aged mentees from KIPP Austin Academy of Arts & Letters (KAL).  In the Plan Tutoring program, selected Plan II students tutor high school juniors and seniors during their college application process at KIPP Austin Collegiate (KAC).  KIPP Austin Public Schools is a network of high-performing charter schools that serve children in grades Kindergarten through twelfth grades in ten schools throughout the Austin area.  KIPP Austin schools target mostly minority, low-income students and provide them with an excellent option in education in order to prepare them for success in college and life.

The Plan II/KIPP Partnership (P2K) is a service-oriented program started by Grant Thomas in 2007.  P2K first started as a year-long course for selected Plan II students to mentor 5th graders at the first KIPP Austin middle school, KIPP Austin College Prep.  Since there were many more Plan II students interested in volunteering at a KIPP school beyond the 17 students allowed in the class, KAL Mentoring and Plan Tutoring were started in 2011. There are now three branches of P2K:  the Krewe (students in the comprehensive, year-long-course TC 126), KAL Mentors, and Plan Tutors.  Over the past several years, nearly 100 Plan II students have served in one of the three branches of the P2K Partnership every year.  The original vision of P2K was to provide a positive, impactful service opportunity for Plan II students while teaching them about the place and people they would serve.  In order to fortify the original vision, this course was created for KAL Mentors and Plan Tutors.  Our hope is that through this service orientation course, students will deepen their knowledge of KIPP schools and the students they serve, as well as strengthen their mentoring and tutoring strategies and skills.

In the service orientation course, Plan II students will have the opportunity to forge mutually positive and meaningful relationships with younger KIPP students while receiving limited information related to the inequalities in the U.S. public education system, as well as broad, yet important components of the KIPP educational model. Integral features of the course will include regular mentoring/tutoring contacts, class discussions, and guest speakers.

Texts/Readings:

Over the summer before the beginning of the semester, it is strongly recommend that students read 3-4 selected chapters from Work Hard. Be Nice. and “Marita’s Bargain” from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

Suggested additional readings, if interested

  • Articles and stories about educational reform issues, which may be included in “KIPP in the News” (KiTN), a weekly e-summary courtesy of the (National) KIPP Foundation or sent via Twitter or email
  • The Next Big Thing: Handbook for Teen Bigs: Youthlaunch, 2004
  • Mathews, J.: Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America
  • KIPP Austin Annual Report(s) (www.kippaustin.org)
  • KIPP Austin Volunteer Handbook, 2015-2016 Edition
  • Hochschild, J., and Scovronick, N.: Introduction to The American Dream and the Public Schools
  • Gladwell, Malcolm: Outliers (Chapter Nine, “Marita’s Bargain”)
  • KIPP “Five Pillars”, KIPP Austin Public Schools Mission Statement

 Assignments:

Students will be assessed according to their performance in the following and graded on a pass/no pass basis:

  • Attendance and participation at all class sessions, including one group trip to your KIPP school during an extended class time
  • Regular contact with your KIPP student(s) (i.e. at least weekly in-person visits, augmented by ongoing communications via email/texting, regular mail, telephone or any/all of these means—parental permission required)
  • Mentor/Tutor self-profile (to assist P2K and KIPP staff in ensuring compatible P2K student/KIPP student matches)
  • Mentor introductory letter to Mentee
  • Mentee reflection —brief, thoughtful reflection about your mentee—to be shared with the mentee’s faculty advisor and other interested/appropriate KIPP staff
  • Ongoing log of contacts with mentee (including contact above and beyond the required weekly meetings at your KIPP school)
  • Self-assessment with proposed grade for the semester Mentor See-You-Next-January letter to mentee (delivered to mentee during the last visit to KACP in the fall semester)

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42785 • Fall 2021
Meets M 2:00PM-4:00PM RLP 2.606

Description 

This year-long course is designed for students who want to delve deeply into the inequities of our public education system and serve as a mentor to a middle school aged student.  Students will learn about the history and current state of our public education system at a macro level while developing a personal relationship with a student at a middle school that serves mostly first-generation college-going students The mission of KIPP schools is to create joyful, academically rigorous schools that prepare our students to choose any path they choose – college, career, and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.  Students in the course will get an overview of KIPP, the challenges facing the KIPP students, and how they can help KIPP students along their journey. 

The primary focus of this year-long course will be on the development of an effective and replicable cross-age mentoring program, matching selected Plan II students with 5th and 8th grade students from KIPP Austin College Prep (KACP).  KACP is a middle school located in northeast Austin serving grades 5-8, and it is one of eleven schools in the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Texas – Austin network of schools.  The majority of KIPP’s students are students of color and come from low-income families.  In addition to the opportunity to forge a mutually positive and meaningful relationship with a younger mentee, Plan II students will be provided an intensive immersion in issues related to educational equity and how the lack of equity has impacted historically underserved students. Students will evaluate the KIPP educational model as a demonstrably effective strategy for addressing those issues.  Integral features of the course will include regular mentoring contacts using Google Classroom; class discussions, readings, and guest speakers; and written components will include ongoing personal blogs, as well as commentary on fellow-students’ blogs, and written reflections for KIPP staff about students’ individual mentees. Through these avenues, students can anticipate acquiring enhanced knowledge and skills in at least the following areas: teamwork and trust; mentoring strategies and skills; KIPP and related education reform efforts; civic engagement and service; and social entrepreneurship. 

Required Texts 

  • Articles and stories about educational reform issues, which may be included in “KIPP in the News” (KiTN), a weekly e-summary courtesy of the (National) KIPP Foundation or sent via Twitter or email 
  • The Next Big Thing: Handbook for Teen BigsYouthlaunch, 2004 
  • Mathews, J.: Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America 
  • KIPP Austin Annual Report(s) (www.kippaustin.org) 
  • KIPP Austin Volunteer Handbook, 2015-2016 Edition 
  • Podcast for This American Life, episode about Ferguson, Missouri with Nikole Hannah-Jones  
  • Selected chapters from Kozol, Jonathan: Savage Inequalities 
  • Selected chapters from KendiIbram X.: How to be an Anti-Racist 
  • Selected chapters from Hochschild, J., and Scovronick, N.: Introduction to The American Dream and the Public Schools 
  • Gladwell, Malcolm: Outliers (Chapter Nine, “Maritas Bargain”) 
  • KIPP “Five Pillars”, KIPP Austin Public Schools Mission Statement 
  • “Nice White Parents” podcast – streamed from the New York Times 

Course Requirements 

Mentoring 

Students are expected to: 

  • Visit with mentee weekly over Google Classroom.  If the student cannot make a visit one week, please email the student assistant within 24 hours of the scheduled visit. 
  • Be in email contact with mentees faculty advisor within one month of mentor/mentee pairing. 
  • Complete an end-of-semester mentee reflection.  This is a brief (approximately one page, single-spaced) summary of what the student has gleaned about his/her mentee from throughout the semester—this may be shared with appropriate KIPP staff so that they may better serve the mentee.  
  • Mentor See-You-Next-January letter to mentee (delivered to mentee during the last visit to KACP in the spring semester most likely via email).  
  • Have Fun! 

Attendance 

Students are expected to: 

  • Attend every class.  Do not miss class.  If a student must miss class, please email the student assistant 24 hours in advance of class and request a recording of the missed class. 
  • Be in attention with your camera on as much as possible. 
  • Early-semester conference with instructor on Zoom. 

Speakers 

Students are expected to: 

  • Complete all required reading assignments in order to prepare for the speakers. 
  • Prepare 2-3 questions for each speaker based on the pre-readings for the topic discussed as well as the speaker’s bio, which will be sent before each class. 
  • Write a thank you letter to each speaker.  The letter should be heartfelt and focus on the student’s personal take away from the speaker’s presentation. Letters should be written on plain white 8” by 11” stationery and presented without an envelope. Take photo of the letter and email it to Jill.  These thank you letters will be read by the lecturer and then sent to the speakers.  

Writings and Presentation 

Students are expected to: 

  • Submit page-long mentor self-profile (to assist student assistant and KIPP staff in ensuring compatible mentor/mentee matches). 
  • Submit a mentor introductory letter (to be emailed to your mentee directly by the KACP social worker). 
  • Submit a personal blog on a bi-weekly basis and commentaries on fellow-mentors’ blogs (at least two commentaries) on alternate weeks. 
  • Assess her/his own performance in the class at the end of the semester (approximately one page, single-spaced). 

Course Website 

The course syllabus, updates and all required readings will be available on the course website at www.p2k.squarespace.com.  Students are expected to check the website frequently. 

Instructor Bio 

Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin, which now serves over 5,600 students in ten schools.  Jill continues to work with the KIPP Texas – Austin region as a member of the regional advisory board. She has also served on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors and as an advisor to Austin Achieve charter schools, Magnolia Montessori for All charter school, and EXPLORE Austin. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn and their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and dog, Jade. 

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42520 • Spring 2021
Meets M 2:00PM-4:00PM GDC 4.302
Hybrid/Blended

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

41135 • Fall 2020
Meets M 2:00PM-4:00PM RLP 2.606
Hybrid/Blended

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

41700 • Spring 2020
Meets M 2:00PM-4:00PM RLP 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

41355 • Fall 2019
Meets M 2:00PM-4:00PM RLP 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42255 • Spring 2019
Meets F 8:00AM-10:00AM BUR 214

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42535 • Fall 2018
Meets W 10:30AM-12:30PM RLP 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42465 • Spring 2018
Meets T 5:30PM-7:30PM CLA 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42880 • Fall 2017
Meets T 5:30PM-7:30PM CLA 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42955 • Spring 2017
Meets T 5:30PM-7:30PM CLA 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42825 • Fall 2016
Meets T 5:30PM-7:30PM CRD 007B

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42075 • Spring 2016
Meets T 5:30PM-7:30PM CLA 2.606

Description:
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

Additional Course Information:
Additional hour(s) to be arranged.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Restricted enrollment: students must apply and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/planiikipp
May be repeated for credit.


About the Instructor:
Jill Kolasinski is the founder of KIPP Austin Public Schools and served as its executive director from its establishment in 2001 until 2012. Jill entered education as a Teach for America corps member in 1994 in Houston, Texas; the same year that KIPP was launched as a pilot class in the Houston Independent School District. In 1995, she was a founding teacher at the KIPP Academy in Houston when Mike Feinberg started the school as a district charter. In 1999 she moved to Austin and taught in AISD for two years before becoming a Fisher Fellow and opening the first KIPP school in Austin, KIPP Austin College Prep. During her time as executive director at KIPP Austin Public Schools, she laid the groundwork to grow a network of KIPP charter schools in East Austin which will eventually serve over 5,000 students in ten schools. Jill continues to work with KIPP in Austin and in other regions around the country as a leadership coach and with fundraising and other board initiatives. Jill currently sits on the Education Service Center 13 board of directors. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Rip Esselstyn; their three children, Kole, Sophie, and Hope; and two dogs, Tug and Winter.

T C 126 • Plan II/Kipp Partnership

42015 • Fall 2015
Meets T 5:30PM-7:30PM CLA 2.606

One credit hour Plan II Course & Mentoring at KIPP Austin College Prep (KACP)

Through the course and mentoring experience, students will get an up-close look at issues related to education reform and (in) equality of educational opportunity, and at the KIPP model as a demonstrably effective strategy for addressing those issues.  In addition to at least one mentoring session per week at KCAP, other course requirements include bi-monthly two-hour class sessions, group trips to KIPP, special projects, related readings, and brief weekly writing assignments. 

Co-instructors for the course are career educator Grant Thomas, who founded the original PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership) program in Austin ISD in 1980 and guided its subsequent growth, and also served for eight years on the KIPP Austin Board; and KIPP Austin Founder and former Director Jill Kolasinski, a highly regarded authority on education reform issues.  

Enrollment in the course is limited to 15 students, interested students should submit an application by April 22, 2015:

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/progs/plan2/_files/pdf/kipp-docs/KIPP%20Application%202015-2016.pdf

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    University of Texas at Austin
    305 East 23rd St
    RLP 2.102
    Austin, Texas, 78712-1250
    512-471-1442