Recently, Success Academy won a $250,000 grant. The charter school network is planning to announce the development of a new institution.
The Success Academy Education Institute will play a pivotal role in disseminating the charter network’s secrets of their success. Eva Moskowitz posited that their first project shall be using a digital platform to release Success Academy’s curriculum, which shall be forwarded to educators without any charges.
Eva Moskowitz, the founder of the Success Academy, attended the National Charter School Conference that was held in Washington DC to receive the Broad Prize. Notably, the new organization is not related to the Broad Prize.
Success Academy receives support from wealthy hedge fund experts. In the year ending 2014, the institution received $60 million in revenue while in 2013, they generated $42 million. To this end, the $250,000 award was a drop in the bucket for the charter school network.
When accepting the prize, Eva Moskowitz contended that the Broad Foundation award is a true reflection of the charter chain’s commitment to providing underserved kids with quality education. Eva Moskowitz went on to state that the award shows that students who live in poor inner-city neighborhoods can perform well or even better than pupils from affluent suburbs.
The success of the institution is anchored on its K-4 ELA curriculum. Through this program, teachers are guided on how to develop their lessons based on “shared texts” and guided reading. The tutors are also supposed to read aloud to children and recommend different books that are in line with a given lesson. From a glance, one is able to see the content-richness and depth of what the students of Success Academy read and learn.
In New York City, the pedagogy of “balanced literacy” sought to encourage tutors to anchor their literacy lessons of writing and reading. According to Eva Moskowitz, the balanced literacy strategy adopted by Success Academy directs student’s attention out of the window, but not in the mirror.