Request for Proposals – Co-Author Mike Feinberg Book Project


We are seeking an experienced book author to collaborate with KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg on a book proposal. In addition to collaborating directly with Mike Feinberg, the Co-Author will interview KIPP alumni who are now in the workforce.

The book would be a compilation of reflections and stories from KIPP alumni, teachers, and family members showing their educational and career trajectories over the past two decades and counting. Mike would provide his own reflections to frame the narrative, but the book would focus primarily on students and alumni. We are open to changes to this concept as the project evolves.

A full project summary is below. If interested, please submit the following materials by December 15, 2017 to Zoe Fenson at

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter indicating why you would be a good fit for this project
  • Three samples of your published work

We will choose the co-writer by the end of December 2017, with work to begin immediately in January 2018.

Scope of Work

The Co-Author will collaborate with Mike Feinberg on a nonfiction book proposal to be submitted to agents/publishers. If and when the proposal is accepted for publication, a separate agreement would govern the development of a book manuscript.

Preliminary timeline:

  • Co-author proposals due: December 15, 2017
  • Co-author selected: December 31, 2017
  • Book proposal complete: July 31, 2018


The KIPP Foundation will provide a $20,000 project fee to the Co-Author to support their work on the book proposal. Travel costs will be covered for up to three in-person meetings with Mike Feinberg in Houston, TX.

What we are looking for

  • Experienced writer with at least one book-length project to their name
  • Knowledge of public education required; familiarity with public charter school landscape a plus

Author Bio

Mike Feinberg is co-founder of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools. Mike started in education with Teach For America, serving as a fifth grade bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with fellow teacher and TFA alum Dave Levin. In 2000, Mike and Dave partnered with Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of the Gap, Inc., to establish the KIPP Foundation and replicate the success of the original KIPP Academies nationwide. Since then, KIPP has grown into a national network of 209 public charter schools serving nearly 88,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Mike Feinberg served as superintendent of KIPP Houston Public Schools until 2012, and now supports KIPP regions and global development for the KIPP Foundation.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Education from National Louis University. He has received honorary doctorates of Humane Letters from both Yale University and Duke University. Mike and his KIPP co-founder Dave Levin have received a number of awards for their lifelong work in education, including the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education, the Charles Bronfman Prize, and the Presidential Citizen’s Medal. Mike lives in Houston, TX with his wife, Colleen Dippel, and their children Gus and Abadit.

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