SchoolBook: In New Book, Success Academy Operator Promotes Charter Schools and Offers Advice

Posted: June 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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June 14, 2012, 1:26 p.m.

Eva Moskowitz, the charter chain operator, has been planting schools in New York City at a breakneck pace, with five expected to open in August.

But that hasnt kept Ms. Moskowitz, a well-known workaholic, from taking on another job: that of author.

Ms. Moskowitzs book, Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School, which she wrote with Arin Lavinia, a former public school teacher and the literacy coach for the Success Academy Charter schools, will be released June 26. The publisher is Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley.

The slender book Ms. Moskowitzs second is part polemic on school choice, with Ms. Moskowitz and Ms. Lavinia extolling the virtues of competition as a means of improving the nations failing public schools.

It is part how-to guide, with the authors offering specific teacher-training tips and information about the Success Academy literacy program, THINK literacy, and including the tenets of what Ms. Moskowitz terms joyful rigor.

But the book also provides personal tidbits interesting to anyone who has followed Ms. Moskowitzs career from college professor to city councilwoman to operator of a chain of nine schools.

In it, Ms. Moskowitz says she was well-trained in math and science at the New York City public high school she attended Stuyvesant but did not graduate with stellar writing skills. She tells the story of writing her first paper at the University of Pennsylvania and receiving a D.

She was directed to the universitys writing center, where she spent countless hours during her four years there toiling over papers for various classes. It was an uphill battle, she wrote. But I worked incredibly hard on it and came out the other end knowing how to write.

News of the book release has sent frissons through the education blogosphere, with fans posting invitations to a Washington book launch at the end of the month. It is being hosted, in part, by a pro-charter advocacy group, Democrats for Education Reform.

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