How Eva Moskowitz Is Transforming Education In New York City

Eva Moskowitz has spent her entire career in the educational industry. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and has a Ph.D. in American History that she earned at John Hopkins University. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City.

It was in 1989 that Eva Moskowitz established her professional career, serving at the University of Virginia as a Visting Professor who specialized in communications and mass culture. Since that time she has worked as an assistant professor at both Vanderbilt University and the City University of New York. In 1996 she joined Columbia University as the Chair of the Faculty Seminar in American Studies.

In 1998. Eva Moskowitz entered the private world when she joined Prep for Prep as both the Director of Public Affairs and as a civics teacher. She decided to run for office in 1999 and was elected as a New York City Councilmember. She was the Education Committee Chair on the city’s council and was a strong advocate of charter schools and other private options to the public schools in the city.

After leaving government, she established Success Academy Charter Schools in 2006. She has said that even the best public schools are performing poorly when compared to their international counterparts. While most people know that the schools primarily teaching children that come from low-income households are poor, Eva Moskowitz says that even the schools teaching children coming from wealthy families are exposed to schools that are failing their missions.

At the Success Academy, Moskowitz has created a model of teaching students that is free of the type of overwhelming bureaucracy that exists in public schools. She is also against the types of contracts that teachers receive which makes it all but impossible to get rid of bad teachers. She holds administrators, teachers, and students accountable in regards to high expectations and standards. This has led to students who perform far higher on standardized tests than at any of the public school options in New York City.

 

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