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Monday, July 29 – Wednesday, July 31, 2019

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX, 77010



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With a program crafted by KIPP alumni, staff, and advisors, we're going back to where it all began.

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Join us in Houston, TX for three inspiring days surrounded by 6,000 teachers, staffers, leaders, partners, and alumni as we prepare for the 2019–20 school year. KSS 2019, also KIPP’s 25th anniversary, will be an opportunity for ALL to celebrate, learn, and grow together. KSS 2019 will be grounded entirely in the leadership and experiences of alumni.

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With purpose. For progress. serves as this year’s theme for KSS and acts as a call and response. With purpose. allows us to reflect on why we are here and why we do the work that we do. For progress. is about making good on KIPP's promises to students and our collective belief in social justice and equity. To read more about this year's theme, you can download a full theme brief here.

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What To Expect at KSS This Year




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Engaging & Relevant Sessions

KSS 2019 will feature more than 300 sessions designed to sharpen your skills, spark your curiosity, and prompt self-reflection. With sessions led by field experts and KIPPsters that have been in your shoes, you’ll learn new ideas and leave with tools to help every KIPPster achieve a choice-filled life.

On Monday, new-to-KIPP staff can learn practical skills for thriving at KIPP while getting acquainted with KIPP strategies, tools, and programs. KSS 2019 will also feature our first year of alumni-only programming focused on career advancement, professional development, and other topics of interest specifically for KIPP alumni.

On Tuesday, attend sessions that increase your self-awareness and your critical consciousness while providing strategies and tools for creating equitable and culturally responsive classrooms, schools, and communities.

On Wednesday, strengthen lifelines with people from across the country who do the same work as you. With sessions for 30+ communities, be prepared to leave sessions armed with knowledge, best practices, and resources to be more effective in your role.


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Inspiring Moments

Watch the most promising KIPP alumni entrepreneurs share their cutting-edge ideas at the KIPP Next Up! Competition. Be inspired as you witness our students combine science and technology at the KIPP FIRST Robotics Showcase and Competition. Gather strategies and insights from keynote speakers, panelists and presenters. Watch in awe as KIPP Delta Public School students bring an art mural to life inside the convention center. Stand up and cheer as this year's selected KIPP student talent groups showcase their creativity at the Opening and Awards Ceremonies. Hear authentic stories and conversations from our alumni as they lead our work forward. 

By renewing our commitment to proving what’s possible and looking towards the future with our students and communities, you will leave KSS 2019 feeling inspired and ready to tackle the year ahead!


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Networking Opportunities

With 6,000+ attendees, you'll be among your Team & Family—teachers, leaders, staff, alumni, investors, and partners from various regions, communities, and organizations. We'll help you break the ice (and break bread) with evening receptions, celebrations, and networking events. 

You will leave KSS 2019 having met, networked, and deepened connections with people who are just as passionate as you are about helping students succeed.  

Watch videos from our last KSS in Las Vegas.


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Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Director of Oscar-Winning historical drama Selma, writer, producer, and film distributor. Read More

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Robin DiAngelo

Author of New York Times Best Seller White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. Read More

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Chris Emdin

Chris Emdin

Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University. Read More

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The Otherizing of the Latinx Community: Ensuring the Latinx Identity is Part of the “American” Conversation


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Julio Varela

Julio Ricardo Varela (Moderator)

 Founder and Publisher of Latino Rebels, Digital Media Director for Futuro Media, Co-Host of In The Thick podcast. Read More


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Enrique Chi

Enrique Chi

 Leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City band mixing afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n'roll. Read More


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Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Director of Civic Engagement and a Lecturer at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. Read More


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Freddy Gonzalez

Freddy Gonzalez

Chief Learning Officer, KIPP Foundation Read More

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Lori Montenegro

Lori Montenegro

Journalist and D.C. Bureau Chief for Telemundo Read More

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Click here to see floor plans for programming in GRB and Marriott.

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We have secured a discounted rate of $159/night at five of the top downtown Houston hotels, all within easy reach of the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB). For hotel questions, please reach out to Carolina Edwards at the KIPP Foundation.  

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Hilton Americas

  • Book Online or phone 1-800-236-2905 (mention code 1PP)
  • Linked by a skywalk to the GRB (Levels 2 & 3)

Marriott Marquis  

  • Book Online or phone 1-713-654-1777 (mention code KIPP)
  • Linked by a skywalk to the GRB (Level 2)

Hampton Inn by Hilton Houston

  • Book Online or phone 1-713-224-0011 (mention code KIPP)
  • About 5 mins on foot (0.3 mile) to the GRB

Courtyard by Marriott

  • Book Online or phone 1-832-366-1600 (mention code KIPP)
  • About 12 mins on foot (0.6 mile) to the GRB
  • KSS shuttle service provided to GRB

Hyatt Regency

  • Book Online or phone 1-800-233-1234 (mention code KIP8)
  • About 15 mins on foot (0.8 mile) to the GRB
  • KSS shuttle service provided to GRB

Don’t forget! You will need your credit card for incidentals when checking in. The credit card needs to match the name on the hotel reservation.

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There are two airports servicing Houston, TX — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Taxis, Lyft, Uber, and commercial shuttle services are available at both airports. Click here for more information on booking flights to KSS.

Ground Transportation

If you are driving in, parking and directions can be found here. If you are arriving as a group by bus, please use either of these two drop-off points at the GRB: South or North Transit Center.

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Alumni Summit


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We are hosting the first National Alumni Summit this summer at KSS! We invite alumni (21 years of age or older) to join us July 29-31 for three days of professional development, networking, and connecting with the KIPP alumni community.  

On Monday, build networks with alumni across career fields in sessions dedicated to your professional development and career advancement. 

On Tuesday, join fellow KSS attendees in social justice sessions focused on creating equitable and culturally responsive classrooms, schools, and communities.  

On Wednesday, learn in sessions designed by KIPP alumni for KIPP alumni.

Check out the overview agenda here. For questions, please reach out to Amara Warren at the KIPP Foundation.


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Investor & Partner Program

The Investor & Partner program brings together national and local philanthropists, policymakers, education champions, community leaders, and KIPP board members to learn, collaborate, and discuss the progress and future of K-16 education. The Investor & Partner strand will take place July 29-30 and will include interactive sessions led by KIPP alumni and thought-provoking discussions with subject matter experts. Attendees can expect to experience the unique power of the KIPPster experience and learn something new about the opportunities on the horizon for KIPP and the broader education community. Check out what's on deck for 2019 and watch highlights from the KSS Investor & Partner Program in 2017 below!


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Become a KSS Sponsor

and help us celebrate 25 years!


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2019 marks a major milestone in KIPP’s history — achieving 25 years of growth and impact in dozens of underserved communities nationwide. Key to our success is supporting and recognizing the people who make KIPP possible. Since 2002, one of the ways we have done this at KIPP is by bringing our Team & Family together to learn and grow at KIPP School Summit (KSS).

This year, we hope you will join us as a KSS sponsor, as we welcome 6,000 members of the KIPP team to Houston — the place where it all began! You can be part of furthering our success through your support of this incredible gathering. With a program crafted by KIPP alumni, staff, and advisors, KSS is an opportunity unlike any other to reconnect to our mission, celebrate accomplishments, and improve practice to support students.

Over the years, countless supporters and partners have helped make KSS possible, and we hope you will help us celebrate 25 years of proving the possible in education by becoming a KSS 2019 sponsor.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, check out the resources below or email Josh Gray.


Agreement Form

Sponsor Online Today

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More KSS Information


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Who should attend KSS?

For the first time since 2014, we will provide learning content for more than 30 different content areas and communities.

When can I register for KSS?

Registration closed on Friday, June 28. If you have any questions regarding registration, please email us. To edit an existing registration, click here.

How much does it cost?

KIPP leaders, staff, teachers, and alumni, along with investors, supporters, and external partners are welcome to attend at no cost. For other individuals interested in attending, please email us for more details.

What sessions will be offered at KSS?

KSS 2019 will feature more than 300 sessions designed to sharpen your skills, spark your curiosity, and prompt self-reflection. See full agenda with all sessions here.

How can I get my students involved with KSS?

We’re excited to feature student talent in the form of student emcees and performances. Applications and nominations for KSS 2019 student talent are now closed. Check out this year’s selected student talent groups!
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