Eva Moskowitz: Improving the Public Education System, One School at a Time

Eva Moskowitz became a New York City council member with the intent of repairing and reforming the crumbling New York City public education system. After substantial effort at reforming schools as a council member, she determined the best way to improve the educational system was to create schools that provided a high quality education by encouraging parental involvement, focusing on academics, and hiring high quality teachers. Eva Moskowitz founded the first Success Academy Charter School in Harlem in 2006 and has dedicated her career to improving educational opportunities for students in New York City.

As founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, she has worked tirelessly to improve the educational quality and choices for students in the New York City area. It is clear that Eva Moskowitz is succeeding as students attending Success Academy have markedly higher test scores than any schools in the surrounding area. Success Academy has grown to forty one schools in the New York area. The schools are primarily located in neighborhoods that are considered disadvantaged, where many of the children live in poverty. Her goals are to provide a substantial academic focus, while also incorporating chess, debate, sports, and other extracurricular activities to encourage development of well-rounded and highly educated students. Teacher quality is a very important part of Eva Moskowitz’s plan. Teachers at Success Academy receive constant, detailed feedback, and professional development opportunities, including thirteen weeks each year of teacher and principal training. Parental involvement is also strongly encouraged and parent calls to the school are returned within a twenty four hour period.

Eva Moskowitz’s interest in educational reform began at a young age. She first experienced the deficiency in public education as an elementary school student in Harlem, when her parents had to teach her to read because her school did not provide a quality education. She now holds a PhD in American History from Johns Hopkins University. She authored the book “In Therapy We Trust: America’s Obsession with Self-Fulfillment” and coauthored “Mission Possible: How the Secrets of Success Academies Can Work in Any School.” In recognition of her achievements with the development of Success Academies, Eva Moskowitz received the Savas Award for Public Private Partnerships from the Reason Foundation in 2016.

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