The Success Academy network, founded by Eva Moskowitz, puts its focus on creating a well-rounded child. The emphasis on both skills and content is why it succeeds where other charter schools may flounder.
Critics of the “balanced literacy” model disagree with the approach to skills vs content. To sum it up, the model emphasizes reading skills but doesn’t do much for content building skills. Moskowitz took these criticisms to heart when designing the curriculum for Success Academy. She has students focus not only on building skills but also being worldly. Students read poetry by Langston Hughes and stories about characters from Japan, not just Shakespeare and Nathaniel Hawthorne. This focus on content makes it easier for children to get invested in their reading. They experience their own culture as well as the cultures of others.
In keeping with the idea of creating a well-rounded student, Success Academy goes above and beyond what the Common Core requires. Common Core, for example, does not require daily science classes until 6th grade. Success Academy includes science in the curriculum in kindergarten. Partaking in experiments at such a young age helps build a background in science and creates a hands-on learning environment. Success Academy also includes a curriculum for writing and art, and puts a focus on after-school activities. The curriculum assigns extensive writing projects for every grade. Chess tournaments, journalism classes, and school musicals are a common occurrence. Yes, the scores for Math and English are high, but so are the scores for science and history, unlike many other schools.
Additionally, teachers themselves learn the skills that students learn. A mandatory four-week training class is given for every teacher at a Success Academy school. This teaches instructors the skills they will teach at a more advanced level. It shows them not just what they’ll be teaching but why it’s important. Understanding the main idea for a story, for example, will help for testing but it will also help someone understand what they’re reading and what to take from it.
This dual-focus on content and teaching to a test helps students reach their full potential.
In today’s life, there are going to be many challenges and many roadblocks along the way. Life is filled with ups and downs. That is just the reality of it. In the tough times and when things are not going well, you can learn a lot about a person in terms of how they handle it and how they deal with it. Do they curl up in a ball and give up? Or do they stay the course and tough it out? Life is all about being positive and seeing the silver lining in a bad situation. There is always a solution and people have to stay the course, as mentioned, and tough it out.
Before long, they will have things figured out. People are quick to jump on someone or something when things are not going well. They love to do that. It is sad to say but we live in a negative culture and a negative world. People just can’t wait to go out there and point out what someone is doing wrong and attempt to bring them down or criticize them. Hey, no one is perfect, and that is OK. Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners has kept his eye on all of the negative press out there. One must remember that he is not buying into it.
He is a positive person and he believes all of the negative press about the police is just white noise. He does not believe that people have a leg to stand on. He knows what the police are like, and as they say, they are here to serve and protect. That is what they do, 24/7. They are true heroes and they have saved countless lives. Keith Mann wanted to remind them of the positive things they do and let them know he is not buying what the media is selling, which is why he treated the NYPD 54th precinct to lunch on two separate occasions. There is an old expression that the fastest way to a cop’s heart is through their stomach. Keith Mann is hoping this gesture helps them feel good again.
Wessex Institute of Technology publishes 5 different journals (two more to be released in 2017 and 2018). They provide a wealth of information in a variety of fields:
International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics discusses topics ranging from ecosystems and evolutionary advances to architecture and philosophy.
International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning appeals to those interested in planning in urban, as well as rural, areas while taking into consideration environmental factors as well as social and health issues.
International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering reaches through a variety of topics under this area, including terrorism, natural disasters, and risk management.
International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements focuses on the ties between computer advancements and scientific experiments.
International Journal of Energy Production and Management discusses issues of energy management and production as well as environmental issues.