Over the past month I have had the pleasure of reading Mission Possible – How The Secrets Of The Success Academies Can Work In Any School. Written By Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia.
Eva is the Founder of The Success Academies. A former New York City Council Member, she was seeking a change in the broken education system that served 1.1 million schoolchildren. Eva possessed the confidence to think she could create from scratch elementary schools that were much better than the ones she had visited as chair of the council’s Education Committee. In August 2006 Success Academy opened the first Success Academy Harlem. Eva herself worked both as founder of the network and the principal for the first 2 years.
Eva searched high and low to find someone who shared her desire to significantly raise the bar by designing a world-class reading and writing curriculum. In walks Arin Lavinia, who was the first educator Eva had ever met who shared her incredibly high standards for reading and writing. When Eva asked Arin how many of the children in her schools could be expected to achieve mastery, Arin replied, “All of them!’ That was exactly what Eva wanted to hear!
Success Academy aims to make school a better place by:
- Teaching a curriculum based in rigor and preparation
- Partnering WITH Parents
- Letting Children Do The Thinking Work
- Focusing On Teacher Improvement
- Putting Adults And Children On The Fast Track
- Raising The Bar For Everyone. Students, Parents, Teachers and Principals.
- Focusing On Reading And Writing. Students have upwards of 45 minutes a day of free reading, Starting in Kindergarten.
All of these actions combined with staff that hold their classes to the highest standards, make for students eager to learn. Eager to answer the questions.
Teachers in America get a bum rap in my opinion. They are underpaid and overworked for as much as I can tell. When is the last time you heard a teacher say, “I’m in it for the money.” Ummm…never. I have several friends who are and have been teachers. My best friend being one of them. She worked for a local school district for 4 years. Starting out as a teachers assistant, and eventually ending with the same title (and pay), and triple the responsibilities. She worked for an underfunded district that implemented policies and made changes without knowing how they affected their teachers and students.
Society as a whole should change the way We look at Teachers.. It is a very under-credited position in My opinion. You have to be able to adjust to 28 kids different learning styles. To make each lesson interesting to every child to keep focus. To be a disciplinarian to 28 different personalities, that can’t be an easy task at all. Somehow Teachers are able to do this though. All while getting pressure from their higher-ups, to bring up test scores, or improve overall grades.
By entering into a Partnership with Parents, Success Academy Charter Schools aim to EMPOWER Teachers. Offering 13 weeks year round of continuing education for Teachers and Principals. By letting children do the thinking work, focusing on activities like reading and writing to build fundamental knowledge, Success Academy is setting a foundation for education that will last a life time.
Mission Possible will show you that by making a few changes, any school can become a Success Academy. By giving Teachers and Principals the tools they need to succeed, they are empowering Students, and who wouldn’t want that!
I would highly recommend reading Mission Possible-How The Secrets Of The Success Academies Can Work In Any School…..Which is why I am very excited to announce this giveaway!!
One lucky reader will win their own copy of Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia.
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