Governor Greg Abbott appointed Carlos Villagrana to the State Board for Educator Certification. Villagrana has worked at YES Prep since 2010 and serves as the Managing Director of YES Prep's Teaching Excellence program. According to the Governor's office, "The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers." Villagrana's term on the board will last until 2021.
School Applications for Harmony, KIPP Houston, YES Prep, and 3 More Open November 1
HOUSTON, Texas, October 18, 2016 – Families Empowered, a Houston-based nonprofit organization, has announced today that five public charter school networks serving Houston parents will accept applications on a common timeline: opening November 1, 2016 and closing February 10, 2017.
YES Prep's College Initiatives team attended a summer institute called Grit + Imagination, An Educator's Summit. The Walton Family Foundation highlighted YES Prep's Senior Director of College Initiatives, Rhiannon Carabajal Killian, in its article about the event. “Grades or test scores will increase when students practice character skills that are rooted in science,” she explained. To read the article, click here.
The LA Times interviewed YES Prep alumna, Victoria Perez, about her experiences as a first-generation college student at USC, where she is studying film. "You hold such weight because you’re not just smart, you have to be smart for your whole family, your whole community,” she said. Read the article here.
The Houston Chronicle spotlights YES Prep in its article about converting nontraditional spaces into schools. YES Prep's White Oak campus used to be a Kroger store. YES Prep has also established schools in office buildings, retail centers, a church, and a delivery warehouse. Because every building is different, "we've got to be a little bit more flexible" with the design, said Keith Weaver, YES Prep's Managing Director for Operations. Read the article here.
CEO Mark DiBella casts off the "no excuses" charter credo and instead focuses on the "limitless potential" of all students in an interview with The 74.
HOUSTON, Texas (May 18, 2016) – This morning, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced that YES Prep Public Schools is one of three finalists for the prestigious Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Texas’s IDEA Public Schools and New York City’s Success Academy were also named finalists.