I find myself in new unfamiliar territory this summer as I am getting ready to send my oldest child Danica off to Kindergarten in the fall. I have heard many negative things about some schools in our local area and we are constantly reminded of how low our countries education system is ranking compared to others. With all things considered we have decided to send Danica to a private Catholic school in our area. Children are constantly slipping through the cracks and it seems that government has not been able to find a solution no matter how much money they throw at the problem. Now enters Charter Schools.
The Book Mission Possible written by Eva Moskowitz former city official turned Success Academy founder and Arin Lavinia a literacy expert tells us how Moskowitz decided to make a change and founded the first Success Academy in Harlem in 2006. There are now 9 Success Academies with 3,500 students. The Success Academies operate on a smaller budget but turn out higher results because of their approach which puts adults first and treats all students as “scholars” assuming each will attend college. Their schools have been highlighted in movie documentaries such as The Lottery and Waiting for Superman.
Upon receiving the book I was posed with the question:
Stagnation, being unable to accomplish one’s job at a high level, is one of the greatest sources of low teacher morale. Why do you think this country treats teaching so differently than it does other professions?
This is an issue addressed heavily in the book as they discuss how continuing to educate teachers is one of the main things that we can do to improve our education system. Currently, most public school teachers are not valued and receive very little ‘on the job’ training. They are thrown into the classroom and there is little monitoring of their daily activities and little incentive to improve. I can’t think of many other professions where employees are left to do their work with little guidance or on the job training or continuing education. Success Academies address this by constantly having involvement with principals and other teachers to allow them to allow recommendations to continually improve. The teachers receive several days of continuing education each year and are regularly given constructive criticism and work together in groups to improve.
There are many lessons to be learned from the Success Academies and this book would be an excellent resource for Principals, Teachers, Parents and School Reformers as they look for solutions to our current public education problems.
One lucky reader will win their own copy of Mission Possible which includes a DVD of clips to go along with the reading.
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