"No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High Poverty Schools"
by Samuel Casey
"...The spectacular gains that KIPP students make in their first year is in part the result of a dynamic teaching method that Feinberg and Levin learned from Harriett Ball, a teacher from Houston. Singing songs choreographed with movements to aid their memorization, the children quickly learn the math and language concepts they need to catch up with their peers. We then take that success and make it a way of life, remarks Feinberg (Co-Founder of Knowledge is Power Program)..."
David Levin and
Co-Founder of KIPP
"...Harriett is the greatest teacher I have ever had the opportunity to meet...Harriett is both a master at working with children and with adults...She has developed effect strategies for all content areas and for test review...our students enter our school scoring around 50%...[Now] our students have scored above 90% on TAAS in both reading and math..."
Book Quote "Teachers - A Tribute to the Enlightened, The Exceptional, The Extraordinary"
by Gary Firstenberg
"...This motivator extraodinaire demands from the teachers at her workshops the same high level of drive and committment that she herself has been exemplifying for thirty years..."
Texas City I.S.D.
Kohfeldt Elementary School
Marian Skinner - Principal
"... We thought we had tricked her with cleaver methods by choosing students that are an everyday challenge to teach. She not only kept the children spell-bound, but in a short time she had taught two tables of multiplication and measurement conversions... Harriett Ball is a superlative presenter who gave Kohfeldt Elementary the best six-hour math workshop I have ever witnessed. Her teaching methods produced knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and grateful teachers who face teaching math daily... I highly recommend Ms. Harriett Ball to any school that faces the everyday challenge of teaching math to children..."
Stephen E. Howe
Anna L. Smith - Principal
"...The students were totally engrossed during your teaching time with them. They got excited when they found that they could actually perform the operations...I heartily recommend your workshop to all who teach math, particularly those who deal with at risk urban children..."
Middle School Parent
"...What a blessing! When mother and daughter can review, reinforce or learn new skills in a non-threatening, multi-sensory atmosphere...I received a cracked foundation and now I am forced to remove those cracks and I am endowed to you for helping me reinforce in my daughter an urgent need to build a solid foundation..."
Middle School Student
"...Thank you! Thank you so much. Your program "Fearless Math" has helped me so much. I use your teachings and sayings in my everyday math class...Thank for giving your time to teach "Fearless Math" to me, my mother, plus the class...P.S. Thank You!..."
Aspiring Youth of Houston
"It was a distinct pleasure to hear you teach students at Houston Gateway Academy. You make learning so fun that it makes me almost want to become a middle school student again. Hopefully we will be able to have you work with our Aspiring Youth After-School Program teachers someday. They could benefit from learning your techniques and modeling your enthusiasm. Thanks again for the opportunity to learn more about what you do to make learning enjoyable."
Tacoma Public Schools
...thanks for ALL that you are doing to make learning come alive for every student! You are a marvelous educator, and bring such joy to your students. I'm thrilled to have gotten my district to consider adding your resources to our teachers' repertoire.
Maime Sue Bistain
You are a God-send to teachers and students of all colors and levels of learning ability. I just wish that I had you as a teacher when I was in school or had this training before I decided to retire from teaching. I thought I could not reach them anymore, but now that I have seen your techniques, I am going to go back to teaching as a sub because my zeal for teaching has returned and have much to offer after having seen the miraculous effects demonstrated with that group of students that you had never seen before and was able to get the entire group to demonstrate mastery of using the metric system, working with decimals, comparing, multiplying and dividing fractions, and memorizing the multiplication facts of the 6s-9s and 12s, and how to find the area of any geometric figure.