When Eva Moskowitz founded charter network Success Academy just over 10 years ago, her goal was to give as many underprivileged children of color as possible a good education. Just over a decade later, and Success Academy schools are doing just that for more than 14,000 students.
Not happy to just help children in New York, however, Eva Moskowitz is also on a mission to offer a high quality education to other children in America. In that vein, she and Success Academy have just announced the creation of the ‘Ed Institute’, a new program that will offer other educators around the country the Success Academy curriculum for free.
The Success Academy curriculum is based on teaching students core knowledge subjects, then adding critical thinking, problem solving and self-advocacy skills. They then make learning interesting and fun.
The result? Success Academy students scoring in the top 10 percent of the state in some subjects, and others in the top 25 percent. This from children from poor backgrounds, with Special Education needs and mainly children of color.
Eva Moskowitz is so sure the Success Academy curriculum and everything else the network does works, the Ed Institute online will also offer the Academy’s tools and training resources that every part of their program is based on.
This is because she believes, if they can have this kind of success in New York, which has one of the most problematic school districts in the country, then this success is achievable anywhere.
To prove how successful the program has been, Eva Moskowitz was also in Washington D.C. earlier this month to accept the Broad Prize, an annual award that is only given to a charter school network that has provable successful results with children of color and low-income students.
Eva Moskowitz says the Success Academy will use the $250,000 prize award to create new college-preparedness programs for some of the network’s high school students.