Lessons from Success: A keynote and conversation with Eva Moskowitz - AEI

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On Tuesday, AEI hosted Success Academy Charter Schools’ Eva Moskowitz to discuss her new book, “The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir” (HarperCollins Press, 2017).

In her remarks, Ms. Moskowitz laid out five foundational principles for quality schooling. First, she noted the importance of focusing on parental involvement and understanding what happens in their children’s schools. Second, content matters; asking a good question as a teacher is difficult if the content is not intrinsically interesting. Third, management matters; Ms. Moskowitz noted she has not seen a high-performance organization where management is not attentive to detail. Fourth, she noted the importance of being explicit about the school’s point of view and philosophy of teaching. While Success Academy Charter Schools use progressive pedagogy, Ms. Moskowitz did not insist that all schools should use the same methods. However, a cohesiveness in teaching philosophy across the school is important. Finally, principal and teacher training matters. Ms. Moskowitz emphasized principal training in particular and noted that good principals are genuine instructional leaders.

Following her keynote, Ms. Moskowitz and AEI’s Frederick M. Hess discussed Success Academy Charter Schools’ impressive results and the vision for Success Academy Charter Schools moving forward.

—Brendan Bell

Event Description

In her new book, “The Education of Eva Moskowitz” (HarperCollins, 2017), Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, offers a memoir about her battles to reform America’s education system.

Join AEI on Tuesday, October 3, as Eva Moskowitz offers a keynote address, followed by a conversation with Frederick M. Hess.

Join the conversation on social media with #EducationofEva.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


2:45 PM

3:00 PM:
Frederick M. Hess, AEI

3:05 PM
Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy Charter Schools

3:25 PM
Frederick M. Hess, AEI
Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy Charter Schools

3:50 PM

4:15 PM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Brendan Bell at [email protected], 202.862.5859.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries or to register a camera crew, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829

Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and the director of Education Policy Studies at AEI, where he works on K–12 and higher education issues. He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog Rick Hess Straight Up and has served as executive editor of Education Next since 2001. Before joining AEI, Dr. Hess was a high school social studies teacher. He has also taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Rice, and Harvard University. As an educator, political scientist, and author, Dr. Hess is often published in scholarly outlets, such as American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Educational Leadership, The Harvard Educational Review, Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, Teachers College Record, and Urban Affairs Review. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, National Affairs, National Review, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and US News & World Report. His books include the forthcoming “Letters to a Young Education Reformer” (Harvard Education Press, 2017), “The Cage-Busting Teacher” (Harvard Education Press, 2015), “Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age” (Corwin, 2014), “Cage-Busting Leadership” (Harvard Education Press, 2013), “The Same Thing Over and Over” (Harvard University Press, 2010), “Education Unbound” (ASCD, 2010), “Common Sense School Reform” (St. Martin’s Press Griffin, 2004), “Revolution at the Margins” (Brookings Institution Press, 2002), and “Spinning Wheels” (Brookings Institution Press, 1998). Dr. Hess has also edited influential works on the Common Core, entrepreneurship in education, education philanthropy, the impact of education research, and the Every Student Succeeds Act. The lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, Dr. Hess also sits on the review board for the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools and serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 Schools. Dr. Hess has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in government, as well as an M.Ed. in teaching and curriculum, from Harvard University.

Eva Moskowitz is founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest-performing public charter school network in New York City. Since opening the first school in Harlem in 2006, the network has grown to 46 schools serving 15,500 primarily low-income minority students, who consistently outperform students in New York’s most affluent school districts. Ms. Moskowitz is a former New York City councilmember and holds a Ph.D. in American history from Johns Hopkins University. She recently published “The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir” (HarperCollins, September 2017), an unabashedly candid look at how she became one of America’s leading champions in the fight for education reform.



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