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A Former KIPP Student From The Bronx Tells Her Story And Explains How She's Focused On Education Every Step Of The Way

In an interview with Justin Cohen, The Knowledge House founder Jerelyn Rodriguez tells her story of growing up in a low-income household in the Bronx, attending a KIPP school, becoming active in education reform while at Columbia, and becoming a leader for diverse voices advocating for change.
At the Knowledge House, I’m trying to focus on that gap. If you’re a charter network, you’re focusing on K-12, and now you’re starting on college enrollment and persistence. But there’s still employment and entrepreneurship. I’m trying to work on both sides of this pipeline. We need schools to form partnerships with the other providers, so that the schools can continue to focus on running great schools. But we also partner with employers, so that they are providing feedback on the school environment, so that it prepares kids for high-powered careers. If you see college graduation as the endpoint, you’ve missed the big picture.
Justin Cohen
Previously, Justin Cohen was president of Boston-based education nonprofit Mass Insight Education, where he helped cities and states around the country rethink how we serve our most vulnerable children. Justin has also worked in the D.C. Public Schools and was on the education policy committee for President ...

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