Eva Moskowitz has been substantially involved in the United States education sector. As an education reformer, Eva Moskowitz has worked with several education-based organizations. Between 1999 and 2005, she served as a City Councilmember, chairing the Education Committee. Eva has been an adept advocate for privatization of public schools to charter schools through StudentsFirstNY, Great Public Schools Political Action Committee, and the New York Charter School Center. In collaboration with Arin Lavinia, they co-authored a book that is a guide to running charter schools, Mission Possible in 2012.
Fighting for Better Conditions
Eva called for effectiveness and accountability in failing public schools. She disagreed with the conventional ways of teaching that does not help those children who are deemed weak. She advocated for schools to adopt better-improved methods that were creative enough to help these students. She advocated for programs that would identify a child’s problem earlier enough to enable him/her progress successfully without repeating a grade. She also advocated for the equal integration of schools with kids from all backgrounds. A firm believer of the need for parents and teachers to work together, children to be exposed to constant reading and teachers to offer high-quality teaching. Having the right number of children in class, providing enough reading materials to both educators and students as well as ensuring safety in schools are other suggestions by Eva Moskowitz.
Taking on the Challenge
After a series of frustrations from the public school’s sector and a strong desire to reform education, she founded a charter school, Success Academy in 2006. Her primary mission was to make education accessible to kids from low-income backgrounds as well as helping them achieve their goals to the highest point. Eva wanted to produce a good lot of readers, writers as well as mathematicians with a high level of morality and independent emotions. She also aimed to introduce a more hands-on approach to learning, so she introduced chess as a subject as it involves critical thinking. With Success Academy, she has been able to adopt a system that she continues to fight for in public schools. The performance in the school is the highest as compared to others.