Mission Possible, written by Founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools, Eva Moskowitz, and literacy expert, Arin Lavinia, offers practical, classroom-tested ideas for dramatically improving teaching and learning. Through detailed descriptions of how to keep students challenged and engaged, how to ensure that the adults are constantly learning, and how to use the Success Academies' THINK Literacy program, Moskowitz and Lavinia describe what can be accomplished when schools shift their focus to improving the adults' performance. The included companion DVD provides clips and interviews, illustrating how any school can be transformed to achieve remarkable results.
"The authors describe their schools as places defined by 'joyful rigor.' Having visited a Success Academy, I can attest to that. If we are going to change the odds for children living in poverty, we need to create more opportunities to replicate what is working at places like Success Academies. This book does just that, taking the best practices from the Success Academies and creating a framework for educators, parents, and policy-makers to learn from their successes."
—Senator Michael F. Bennet, Colorado
"Mission Possible is a testament to what can be achieved in public education when the focus shifts to improving rigor in instruction and continuing education for teachers and principals."
—Doug Lemov, managing director, Uncommon Schools; author, Teach Like a Champion
Eva Moskowitz is the Founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools. A former New York City Council member, she has earned a national reputation as a fighter for improving public schools' rigor and resources, investing heavily in the arts, sports, and science instruction. Her first school, the Success Academy Harlem 1, quickly emerged as one of the top performing schools in New York State and was featured in The Lottery and Waiting for Superman.
Arin Lavinia designed and developed THINK Literacy, a common sense approach to balanced literacy.
Perhaps the biggest problem I have with this book, however, is the DVD clips of classes in session.
I for one would hate for my child to think that there is only one main idea in any given book or that that main idea is what the teacher guides you to say that it is.
There are interesting strategies throughout the book on ways to help teachers develop and engage students in a new way.
Eva Moskowitz' book must be read in the context of the 2012 PISA results showing that among nations the United States ranks 31st in mathematics, down from 25th in 2009. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deborah T. Toll
My book group was reading on the topic of excellence in schools and school reform around the world. Unfortunately this choice was not helpful - totally biased and really not well... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine Vick
like most ideologues, Moskowitz picks and chooses among the facts to make her case...
Charters can be valuable but they need to work IN COOPERATION with public education... Read more
Would have liked to know more about the Think Literacy program. Maybe Arin Lavinia can write her own book on the methods she has developed. Only gave snippets of information. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ms. G
I truly enjoyed this book, though the focus is on what Success Academy does in it's school. It also emphases the importance of the adults in the classroom. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Our community has another public school bond levy on the ballot. Faced with declining enrollment and higher costs, the school board threw up its hands and shelved more strategic... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jared Castle
As a home educator for almost 30 years, I was excited about reading this book. I did, in fact, find inspiration and some new strategies for keeping my teaching fresh with my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Terry
I was impressed with the degree of organization and thorough planning that goes on in these schools. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A reader
As an educator I, too, was quickly disappointed in this book. The secrets of the Success Academies don't work for all schools. Read morePublished 19 months ago by CGScammell