Education, education reform

How Success Academy’s New Education Institute Portal Seeks to Foster Curriculum and Professional Development

Success Academy is an internationally known group of schools. The NYC-based reputable learning institution was unveiled by Eva Moskowitz. According to Moskowitz, Success Academy was established based on two goals. The first goal entails opening high-performance schools. Consequently, the second goal involves improving the American education in a broad perspective.


Success Academy Education Institute


Besides striving for the access to quality education, Success Academy is also on the verge of sharing knowledge on curriculum and professional development. The learning institution recently launched Education Institute, which is a curriculum and professional development web-hosted platform.


Success Academy launched the platform in a move to expand the institution’s portfolio beyond New York. Moskowitz and other members of the network’s leadership team have always worked on enabling teachers to excel in their careers. The team made the announcement about Education Institute from the network’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan, NY.


Education Institute offers unlimited access to the curriculum and professional development approaches adopted across Success Academy’s 41 learning centers. Moskowitz said that the portal targets kids from different schools nationwide who do not access quality reading and writing skills. Moskowitz is known for her former councilwoman role for Democratic New York City.


How Educators Benefit from the Online Portal


The new online portal serves as Success Academy’s vehicle for sharing vital information to educators across the US and abroad. The portal also introduces teachers from other schools to Success Academy’s mantra. It offers them the network’s literacy curriculum that can be adopted from kindergarten to fourth grade. The charter network seeks to open a new educator training facility to be situated at Hudson Yards in Manhattan. The facility will also comprise of lab schools for kindergarten to eighth-grade students.


Success Academy sent emails to more than 15,000 teachers across the country to promote Education Institute. Teachers who sign up for the platform get to attend in-person training sessions, workshops, and conferences at the Hudson Yards training facility. Liesel Anthony is the current managing director of Education Institute. According to Anthony, participants will also get an opportunity to observe how Success Academy’s teaching strategies manifest in classrooms.

Education, Philanthropy

How Betsy DeVos Became Interested In School Choice

Betsy DeVos was an early leader in the educational reform movement. In the 1980’s she, along with her husband Dick, visited a private school which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan that is called Potter’s House Christian School. While visiting they had conversations with the low-income parents of students who were making huge sacrifices in order to provide their children with an educational facility that was safe, effective, and filled with curious children who wanted to understand the world. Betsy and Dick kept going back to Potter’s House Christian School and eventually started paying the tuition costs of a large number of students who have attended the school ever since.

One of the problems in the United States that Betsy DeVos has pointed out is that educational outcomes are far too dependent on the zip code that children are living in. Rich communities have great schools while poor communities have dysfunctional schools with high dropout rates. She believes that providing parents and students with school choice, where they can attend charter schools instead of public schools, will lead to more children receiving the education that they deserve. She believes this can be accomplished in part by educational reforms such as tax credits, education savings accounts, vouchers, and other means. Check this related article from

In addition to providing donations to educational reform organizations, Betsy DeVos has also served on the board of these organizations. She has been a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids Hope USA, the Alliance for School Choice, and the American Federation for Children. She has lent her expertise and enthusiasm to these organization in order to further the expansion of school choice across the United States. So far, there are 33 private choice programs in 25 states in the U.S. plus in Washington D.C.

Betsy DeVos was appointed the U.S. Secretary of Education in early 2017, after President Trump started his term. Her interest in education was sparked early as her mother was a public school teacher. Once her own children started attending school, it dawned on Betsy that not every child in America gets a quality education like her children were receiving. She decided to become an advocate for these children as well as their parents who needed a voice in the quality of education their children were receiving. She believes that neither the parent’s income or the zip code of children should determine whether or not they receive the education they deserve.

Outside of her interest in education, Betsy has also been a business leader, serving as the Chairman of the Windquest Group which is an investment firm that specializes in industry and green technology. She has also served on a variety of boards for nonprofits in areas such as the arts and community building.