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List of Video Clips vii Introduction 1 1 WHY? What?s Wrong with American Schools? 7 2 HOW? Making School a Magical Place 19 3 WHO? It?s All About the Adults 37 4 FAST: Putting Adults and Children on the Fast Track 61 5 RIGOR: Raising the Bar for Everybody 77 6 READING: The Starting Point for All Else 95 7 WRITING: Putting Ideas into the World with Elegance 123 8 CALL TO ACTION: How to Make Every School a Success Academy 143 Endnotes 149 Acknowledgments 155 About the Authors 157 Index 159
Eva Moskowitz is the Founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools. A former New York City Council member, she has earned a national reputation as a fighter for improving public schools' rigor and resources, investing heavily in the arts, sports, and science instruction. Her first school, the Success Academy Harlem 1, quickly emerged as one of the top performing schools in New York State and was featured in The Lottery and Waiting for Superman . Arin Lavinia designed and developed THINK Literacy, a common sense approach to balanced literacy.