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Education Innovator to Speak at Economics Club Luncheon Oct. 27

Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools, will be the guest speaker at the Old Dominion University Economics Club of Hampton Roads Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Feinberg currently serves as superintendent of the KIPP Academy in Houston. KIPP schools are designed to prepare students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

Feinberg's career has been one dedicated to forward-thinking, socially-aware education. Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, he joined Teach for America (TFA), an organization made up of teachers who commit to serving at least one year in schools located in socially and educationally underserved areas across the country. As a member of TFA, Feinberg became a fifth grade bilingual teacher in the Houston Independent School District, eventually going on to co-found the Knowledge Is Power Program with fellow TFA member Dave Levin in 1994. In 1995, he founded the KIPP Academy in Houston. There are currently 99 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 26,000 students.

In 1994, he was named an Ashoka Fellow, an award given to leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions and the potential to change patterns across society, and along with Levin, was awarded The Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education and the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen in 2006.

Co-sponsored by ODU's College of Business and Public Administration and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the luncheon begins at noon at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel. The cost is $35 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, reservations are required and may be made by calling 683-5138.

The Economics Club of Hampton Roads is an organization for business and government executives and community leaders who share an interest in the practical implications of economic principles, trends and events. It was established in 1991 as a community service by ODU, and is administered by the interim dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, Gilbert R. Yochum.

This article was posted on: October 22, 2010

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