Master KIPP teacher Harriett Ball dies
Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the KIPP charter schools, just told me that Harriett Ball, whose work inspired the network of public schools for low-income children that Feinberg created with Dave Levin, has died. Feinberg said Ball passed away from a heart attack Tuesday night.
Ball was one of the best teachers I ever saw in action. She responded in 1992 when novice teacher Levin, struggling to handle a rough class at a Houston elementary school, begged for help. She taught him and Feinberg a series of chants, songs, games and other original teaching methods that were at the heart of KIPP's growth -- now 99 schools in 20 states and the District.
Ball became a nationally known teacher trainer in her own right. She had a rich sense of humor and kept audiences of educators enthralled. I will be writing an obituary soon, but I wanted blog readers to hear this sad news as soon as possible.
| February 2, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
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