Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School [NOOK Book]

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Strategies for making the schools we need that work for all kids

Eva Moskowitz (the founder and CEO of the Success Charter Network in Harlem) and Arin Lavinia offer practical, classroom-tested ideas for dramatically improving teaching and learning. Moskowitz and Lavinia reveal how a charter school in the middle of Harlem, enrolling neighborhood children selected at random, emerged as one of the top schools in New York City and State within three years. The results of the Harlem ...

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Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School

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Overview

Strategies for making the schools we need that work for all kids

Eva Moskowitz (the founder and CEO of the Success Charter Network in Harlem) and Arin Lavinia offer practical, classroom-tested ideas for dramatically improving teaching and learning. Moskowitz and Lavinia reveal how a charter school in the middle of Harlem, enrolling neighborhood children selected at random, emerged as one of the top schools in New York City and State within three years. The results of the Harlem school were on a par with public schools for gifted students and elite private schools.

  • Describes what can be accomplished when students and adults all work to focus on constant learning and performance improvement; DVD clips are embedded for illustration
  • The Success Academies have been featured in two popular and widely distributed documentaries, Waiting for Superman and The Lottery
  • Details the Success Academies' THINK Literacy curriculum, which produces dramatic results in student's reading and writing skills

In addition to providing strategies and lessons for school leaders and teachers, Secrets of the Success Academies also serves as a guide for parents, policymakers, and practitioners who are passionate about closing the academic achievement gap.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118239629
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 268,448
  • File size: 987 KB

Meet the Author

Eva Moskowitz is the Founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools. A former New York City Council member, she has earned a national reputation as a fighter for improving public schools' rigor and resources, investing heavily in the arts, sports, and science instruction. Her first school, the Success Academy Harlem 1, quickly emerged as one of the top performing schools in New York State and was featured in The Lottery and Waiting for Superman.

Arin Lavinia designed and developed THINK Literacy, a common sense approach to balanced literacy.

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Table of Contents

List of Video Clips vii

Introduction 1

1 WHY? What’s Wrong with American Schools? 7

2 HOW? Making School a Magical Place 19

3 WHO? It’s All About the Adults 37

4 FAST: Putting Adults and Children on the Fast Track 61

5 RIGOR: Raising the Bar for Everybody 77

6 READING: The Starting Point for All Else 95

7 WRITING: Putting Ideas into the World with Elegance 123

8 CALL TO ACTION: How to Make Every School a Success Academy 143

Endnotes 149

Acknowledgments 155

About the Authors 157

Index 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Literacy, Literacy, Literacy

    This book wasn't bad but it focused a lot on literacy. I would have like to see the whole picture in terms of what they do with their math curriculum. I would have wanted to hear more about navigating the politics of coming into public school buildings, the lottery they hold. They talked a lot about their staff because they feel it mostly lays on the teachers and the leadership but would have loved to hear about success stories of students struggles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Hollyleaf 8

    "We must stay alert!" A RiverClan warrior yowled. Thunderstar pressed on. "And if any Clan finds evidence, we must share it with the other Clans!" Windstar bristled. "And warn them they've been found out? Never!" Riverstar backed away from the other leaders. "I protect my own Clan," he growled. "No other." Hollyleaf gasped as a WindClan cat barged past her, heading for his Clanmates farther down the clearing. All around her, warriors were weaving closer to their denmates. Hollyleaf glanced over her shoulder. A knot of apprentices had broken up and Sweetpaw and Swiftpaw were scurrying back to the ThunderClan warriors. Shadowstar jumped down from the Great Oak. Riverstar slithered down the trunk next, while Windstar glared at Thunderstar before leaping into the clearing. "Hollyleaf." The familiar mew sounded behind her. She spun around to see Fallen Leaves. "Lets go Hollyleaf, there won't be any sharing tongues tonight." He gently guided her towards the tree-bridge with his tail. "Are you worried about these new intruders?" She meowed quietly. "No. There'll be more patrols" he whispered, his muzzle close to her ear. "Who do you think it is?" She asked him, lowering her voice even more. Fallen Leaves didn't answer, but moved closer to Hollyleaf till she could feel his soft pelt brush her flank. Above them, clouds rolled across the sky and the wind lifted, sending waves scudding across the lake. Hollyleaf wished she could tell Fallen Leaves how much he ment to her, but she couldn't be sure he felt the same way. Fallen Leaves pressed closer. "I'm always here if you need me." Rain began to fleck Hollyleaf's pelt. Raindrops began to blur her vision. "Thanks Fallen Leaves" she whispered. "Come on." Fallen Leaves nudged her toward a gap in the stream of cats. "We'll be home before you know it." Fallen Leaves paced the clearing. Rain dripped from the dens, though the clouds had cleared to reveal a clear dawn sky. The Clan was beggining to stir. Nests rustled and the honeysuckle shivered as Sparrowpelt padded yawning from the elder's den. "You're up early!" The aged tom called across the clearing. "I'm waiting for the dawn patrol." Fallen Leaves told him. His claws itched with worry. Would they return with news of more strange cat scents? "You should be resting." Thunderstar bounded down from highledge. "You were out on moonhigh patrol." Fallen Leaves halted. "So were you." They'd crossed the whole territory with Rainwhisker and Fireheart and found cat scent in every gully and hollow. Swiftbreeze poked her head out of the warrior den. "How can any cat sleep knowing the woods are filled with enemies!" "Hush!" Thunderstar shot back, lashing his tail. "Sorry, but shouldn't the Clan know?" She murmured. Thunderstar dug his claws deep into the soil. "Not until I decide how we tackle this." His gaze met Fallen Leaves's. The brambles at the entrance to the medicine den trembled and Featherwhisker pushed his way out. "Jayfeather spoke to me last night," he whispered in Fallen Leaves ear.

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