April's Message from the President and CEO
"Spring forward, Fall back" my mom would say when it came time to change the clocks. The same may be true regarding our schools here in Newark. It's spring and it's time to move forward and not fall back.
It's natural for people and systems to become stressed when the air is so charged with change.
It is understandable how and why so many good people feel unprepared, confused and even angry. Yet, when we ask high school students what they need from adults and from their schools, they tell us with great clarity. They want safe schools. They want teachers and guidance counselors who go the extra mile for them, and they want interesting and challenging classes that keep them engaged. They want to walk through hallways and feel like they belong to something special where people know and care about them. At least that is what the students who are participating in the High School Policy Advisory Group, that the Trust is facilitating in partnership with district leaders, are telling us.
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February's Message from the President and CEO
There is a lot of buzz in Newark right now about plans to create three small district high schools within Barringer High School to open in September 2013.
Before rushing to judgment, let's review some of the characteristics, potential benefits and challenges associated with the Small Schools Movement.
"Small schools" refers to a way of restructuring schools-particularly high schools. In general, the research suggests that smaller is better, particularly in urban areas-as long as there is some economy of scale that enables resources to be delivered at optimum levels.
December's Message from the President and CEO
There have been times in 2012 that creating the conditions for all of Newark's children to be successful in a rapidly changing, complex world has felt like an insurmountable challenge. Yet there is not a day that goes by when we don't see some glimmer of hope that we are on a good path.
New data from Newark's Central High shows students are attending school at a higher rate than many of the other high schools. We know that students reference the climate and culture of the school as the main reason why they do their best to show up. While there are many factors that contribute to such a climate and culture, we also know that leadership matters. Kudos to Principal Ras Baraka.