Eva Moskowitz is the founder and current CEO of Success Academy, a leading network of charter schools in New York City. Since opening its first school in 2006, the network has established an addition of 32 schools, which serve 9,000 students. Success Academy has 24 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and a new high school. According to the results of Common Core, aligned exams, 35 percent of New York kids were good at math and 29 percent in English. Conversely, Success Academy students’ proficiency rates entailed 94 percent in math and 64 percent in English.
Success Tips from Success Academy
Success Academy is conscious about content at all levels of learning. First, it has developed its English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum called THINK Literacy. THINK Literacy is based on a Teachers College Reading and Writing approach known as balanced literacy, which emphasizes on independent reading. Balanced literacy is quite ineffective in traditional school because it does not build the vocabulary or knowledge of a student. Success Academy adds content to THINK Literacy through models such as Reading Workshops, Guided Reading, Read Aloud, and Sharing Text.
The science program at Success Academy is marvelous. In kindergarten, students are taught hands-on, inquiry-based science for five days in a week. Success Academy scientists carry out experiments and discuss results and observation. Moreover, the method of teaching science provides students with the essential critical thinking skills for solving problems. Students also recognize their passion at an early stage.
Elementary students at Success Academy complete two project-based learning units in every grade. In middle school, students are given iPads containing books. Moreover, every student is required to have four novels, one poetry, and two non-fiction books. Success Academy adds independent reading time as well as a literature class at this level.
The Contribution of Teachers
Success Academy has a teacher preparation program known as Teachers Academy (T-school), which equips the teacher with understanding what he/she is teaching as well as feedback from the students. Teachers have broad access to technology through the provision of MacBook Pros and an impressive IT system that allows efficient communication. Additionally, teachers are involved in parental engagements through phone calls, emails, and meetings.