New School Profile: Eagle Academy for Young Men
When the first class of sixth graders started at the new school this fall, they were not allowed to wear ties emblazoned with an eagle emblem on their white, button-down shirts. It was only after they were able to prove to the staff they were indeed worthy.
"You can't just walk into our school and say you are an Eagle, you have to earn that," said Vaughn Thompson, the principal. "The Eagle on your chest is very important."
Eagle is the state's first all-male public school and Thompson is out to prove that the Eagle Model can mold young, inner city boys into successful young men of strong moral character who have the skills needed for success in college and life.
Common Core Focus of October Committee of Advocates Breakfast
The Newark Trust for Education's Committee of Advocates hosted its monthly breakfast on October 18 with a presentation on the new Common Core Curriculum Standards and an overview of Newark Public School's application for federal Race to the Top funding.
Caleb Perkins, special assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and assessment in Newark Public Schools, discussed how the school district is adapting to the changes while Chris Perpich, the vice principal of Brick Avon Academy, discussed specific implementation in the language arts at the school level.
Trust’s Committee of Advocates Focuses on Philanthropy in Education
The meeting kicked off with an overview of education philanthropy including how, in the last 15 years, it has begun to shift away from support for programs and practices to more aggressive advocacy and systemic reform.
The overview was followed by the highly anticipated demonstration of the Trust's NET Navigator, an on-line tool that enables users to track external investments by funder, program, school and ward.
Trust Convenes High School Task Force
The Newark Trust for Education, in partnership with Newark Public Schools, is convening a task force that will examine the challenges facing comprehensive high schools in Newark and make a recommendation to Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson.
Newark's six comprehensive high schools - Barringer, Central, Eastside, Westside, Weequahic and Malcolm X. Shabazz - are seeing their populations decline as students opt for charters and new model district schools such as Bard High School Early College and Eagle Academy, which opened this year. In the last four years, the comprehensive high schools have lost more than 600 students and the funding that comes with those students.