“I conceive of my own life as a journey toward something I do not understand, which in the going toward, makes me better.” —James Baldwin Perhaps no other American writer offered a more critical and searing look at racial inequality in America than James Baldwin, who published poems, non-fiction essays, and books from the 1950s […]
Classes at SA Bronx 1 and SA Hell’s Kitchen got a lot bigger (and a little taller) earlier this month, when forty-five educators from as far away as Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, and Israel saw Success Academy’s innovative math curriculum in action in our kindergarten and first grade classrooms. As an elementary school math manager who […]
The result of the 2016 presidential election has sparked heated discussions across the country — and at Success Academy’s 41 schools. The day after the election, scholars had many questions about the future of our country. Below, three educators describe how they addressed their scholars’ concerns, using art, literature, and spoken word poetry to create […]
The city’s proposal to temporarily house Success Academy middle school students from five Brooklyn elementary schools in just two locations is not “reasonable, adequate, or comparable.”
This election year, our middle school scholars are taking a hands-on approach to civics education. Middle schoolers ran their own simulation presidential campaign in history class last week to learn about the electoral college, fundraising, and the strategy behind campaign stops. The next day, they filled out a non-partisan framework that helped them decide what […]
As a theater teacher, I believe in the power of self expression and have witnessed the profound effect performance can have both as an actor and as an audience member. Theater has proved to be a great vehicle to address social issues because it fosters a safe space for dialogue, an outlet for emotion, and the security of being someone else.
Planet Earth is dying. Plants no longer grow, water is scarce and the human race is forced to trade a dying world for another planet. Flash forward many years and technology has advanced — living outside of Earth has become easier, though painful memories of our world remain. One girl recalls planting a flower just […]
On Tuesday, November 8, as the returns come in on election night, Success Academy scholars will likely be watching for those red and blue states to flash across their television screens, eager to know if the candidate of their choice is headed to the White House. Since the primary season began, I have thought hard […]
Last month, nine scholars at Success Academy Harlem East traveled to Washington D.C., where they met with members of Congress, toured the U.S. Capitol Building, and put on a debate showcase.
The NAACP, arguably the nation’s most influential and long standing civil rights organization, approved a moratorium on public charter schools.
On September 28, 2016, 25,000 parents, scholars, educators, and city leaders came together in Prospect Park to take a stand on high-quality public education and ending the racial achievement gap.
The shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott weigh on us and our community; we appreciate her attempt to put words to the unspeakable sadness of these deaths.