The founder and CEO of Success Academy, Eva Moskowitz, believes that the charter school network that she founded carries the social responsibility of promoting it’s finely-tuned ways of educating students. As a result, she has open up a free, online platform where the Success Academy’s lesson plans and methods of instruction are shown.
There are no plans on the table to open up Success Academy Charter Schools outside of New York City, though Moskowitz feels that it is necessary to spread the information about the methods that her schools use. Her schools sport some of the top grades in the country for reading, science and math. The fact that children in her schools succeed so often is important because of the fact that the vast majority of the children who attend Success Academy are children of color; and many children come from low-income backgrounds. Children of color, especially those who are in low income situations and reside in higher risk neighborhoods, generally show a trend of not being as proficient in school subjects. However, Success Academy has successfully formulated teaching methods that take the needs of students into account.
The new special website that Success Academy is providing for educators includes how-to videos, book recommendations, lesson plans that are broken down step by step and planning templates. About 15,000 educators from across the United States received emails promoting Success Academy’s platform. Any educator who signs on will receive invitations to conferences, workshops and training sessions that involve going to the Hudson Yards facility in person. The website was launched with the THINK literacy program. Success Academy places extra emphasis on literacy. According to Moskovitz, literacy is a foundational goal for the curriculum in Success Academy.
Michele Caracappa, Success Academy’s chief academic officer, says that there are not enough books, and that Success Academy takes a lot of time and effort to pick out books that go into classrooms. Because so much consideration has gone into lesson plans and reading material, Success Academy feels that it should share it’s book selections and lessons plans with the world.