Robin Anselmi and Bill Boyar were joined by Sehba Ali, CEO of KIPP Texas Public Schools, for a conversation on the impact a leader can produce by always living in the question, “what is it time for now?”
KIPP Texas is an open-enrollment, public, tuition-free charter school network of 55 schools with more than 29,000 pre-K-12 students across the state of Texas. Faced with a host of challenges created by COVID-19, Sehba shares how the organization has only strengthened their commitment to the education and well-being of the students they serve, as well as to the staff and their families that make KIPP’s impact possible. By remaining present to what is needed and what is possible, they are able to focus on where there is meaningful work to be done, even in a climate of uncertainty.
Sehba’s story is a great example of how resilient a community can be when they have a shared purpose, shared values, and supportive culture guiding the way.
You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.
KIPP Texas shared the following examples of how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic:
KIPP Texas Public Schools established the COVID-19 & Beyond Fund for KIPP students, alumni, and staff facing dire circumstances due to the impacts of COVID-19. Last week, they distributed over 2,900 electronic Walmart gift cards to provide immediate assistance with food and other essential items. They are raising additional funds to provide financial support to their most vulnerable families in the form of direct payments to vendors and creditors to help with food, utilities and other bills, and rental/mortgage assistance where necessary.
“No matter the crisis, no matter the circumstance, our promises to our KIPPsters are sacred – together, we will always find a way.”
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