Michael Feinberg

Ashoka Fellow
Houston, Texas, United States
Fellow Since 2004


This profile was prepared when Michael Feinberg was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Through the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), Mike Feinberg establishes schools to prepare students in poor communities to succeed in college. Convinced that the best way to revitalize the public education system in the United States is to create a vibrant alternative, he and his co-founder David Levin position their network of schools as a model for schools across the country. Their programs extend the school day, the school week, and the school year, doing whatever it takes to secure success for low-income students. Teachers, parents, and students themselves maintain the same level of commitment, signing contracts to pledge their full effort to the work of the school. United in their promise to give their all for success, KIPP communities bring college success within the reach of even the neediest students.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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