It's no secret that my home state typically ranks low on the educational scale when compared to national statistics. Arkansas is home to some phenomenal schools, and to some of the poorest districts in the nation.
I was given a copy of Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia's book, Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School.
Per the Amazon book description: Strategies for making the schools we need that work for all kidsEva Moskowitz (the founder and CEO of the Success Charter Network in Harlem) and Arin Lavinia offer practical, classroom-tested ideas for dramatically improving teaching and learning. Moskowitz and Lavinia reveal how a charter school in the middle of Harlem, enrolling neighborhood children selected at random, emerged as one of the top schools in New York City and State within three years. The results of the Harlem school were on a par with public schools for gifted students and elite private schools.
- Describes what can be accomplished when students and adults all work to focus on constant learning and performance improvement; DVD clips are included for illustration
- The Success Academies have been featured in two popular and widely distributed documentaries, Waiting for Superman and The Lottery
In addition to providing strategies and lessons for school leaders and teachers, Secrets of the Success Academies also serves as a guide for parents, policymakers, and practitioners who are passionate about closing the academic achievement gap.
- Details the Success Academies' THINK Literacy curriculum, which produces dramatic results in kids reading and writing skills
Reaching today's children is harder than ever, no matter the socio-economic bracket they fall into. As the daughter of a teacher (my mom is a former elementary classroom teacher, now an English as a Second Language facilitator), I have seen first-hand how teachers are held often held back from reaching their own potential, much less boosting the kids' performance.
The Mission Possible book doesn't hold the magic answer that will provide each kid with perfect test scores. It doesn't give each teacher an infallible lesson plan. What it does, is tell the story of a school that came from behind, and ended up in front of the pack... and how every classroom has the potential to create educational superstars- both in front of the teacher's desk, and behind it.
I am giving away a copy of Mission Possible. You don't have to be an educator to win. You can be an involved parent, a concerned citizen, or just a really nice person. I'd encourage you to find a dedicated teacher to gift this book to. After all, school will be back in session sooner than we think!
To win a copy of the book, simply leave a comment here, or on my facebook page telling me about the best teacher you've ever had.
*I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are firmly my own*