People either love it or hate it. Now, they can copy it. The city's most controversial charter school network, Success Academy, is putting all its lessons online, for teachers around the country to use for free. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.
There is a formula at the 41 Success Academy charter schools that's led to sky-high test scores and national recognition as an academic powerhouse.
All 14,000 students study the same curriculum, planned down to the lesson, and teachers receive detailed instruction in how to interact with students, down to how children should line up and sit down.
Now, through a new education institute, those lessons, and teaching methods, will be shared with anyone who wants to replicate what the charter network is doing, for free.
"All of our literacy is on here. K-4. 100 percent. It's all on there," said Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools.
Success plans to be operating 100 charters in the city within the decade. It's a school system within a school system, though critics accused Success of competing with public schools for good students, rankings and funding. Moskowitz is perpetually battling Mayor Bill de Blasio over education policy and school space.
Under the new initiative, Success Academy's elementary school literacy curriculum is now available online - including videos showing teachers employing the network's methods.
"We anticipate trying to share all that we have. We're a not-for-profit. We only have one interest. I know that's hard sometimes with cynical reporters, but we only have one interest, and that is kids getting a great education," Moskowitz said.
Moskowitz says most teachers don't have access to an engaging, rigorous curriculum. She had harsh words for the public education system.
"I was very appalled when I started Success Academy how much children were intellectually underestimated," Moskowitz said. "Schools in America don't seem to be too worried about kids being bored to death."
The charter network is also launching a teacher training center incorporated into a school in a Midtown building it recently bought for $68 million.