ESTABLISHED IN 1991, THE CHAD SCHOOL FOUNDATION, INC.

is an education policy and advocacy organization seeking to improve conditions in public school systems serving disadvantaged children. Through the commissioning of research and white papers and convening of key policy and decision makers, the Foundation champions promising efforts to create high-quality public schools. Chad also assists in providing opportunities to alter the life chances of low-income, yet aspiring students through a limited number of academic scholarships

 RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

POLICY ROUNDTABLE: BLACK AND LATINO MALE ACHIEVEMENT

On June 13, 2015, at the Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, the Foundation held its third citywide policy roundtable where stakeholders were engaged to learn about the challenges facing Black and Latino young men, as well as opportunities to more effectively respond to the needs of boys of color.

Building on the theme, “Encourage and Equip,” an audience of over 160 parents, school practitioners, youth service providers, and policymakers were allowed to examine evidence-based models and strategies proven to yield positive results with young men (e.g., improving reading proficiency, increasing high school completion rates, and college and career readiness). Equally critical, participants were provided the opportunity to weigh in on a positive dialogue highlighting the aspirations of young men, including examples of boys beating the odds and succeeding in spite of the lack of familial and/or school and social supports (see video below). Speakers and panelists included Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Shawn Dove, CEO, National Campaign for Black Male Achievement; David Banks, CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation; Robert Clark, Executive Director of Youth Build Newark; and, Mark Comesanas, Principal of Fast Track Success Academy, Newark.

Prior to the close of the program, the audience participated in a collective call to action by adopting three policy recommendations to include the following: 1) Develop an Early Warning System for at-risk students; 2) Provide adequate college guidance to all students; 3) Establish moratorium on excessive student disciplinary practices.



From right to left is Mr. Junius W. Williams, Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute; Mr. Reginald Lewis, Executive Director, Chad Foundation; and Mr. Lawrence Munroe, Administrator, Chad Foundation.

THE CHAD FOUNDATION MAKES A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS COLLEGE READINESS

Newark — On January 29, 2015, the Chad Foundation made a donation of $1000 in support of Abbott Leadership Institute’s development of ten College Success Centers in the Newark Community. This initiative is in support of the goal of the Newark Community Learning Collaborative (NCLC) to increase the percentage of Newark residents with postsecondary degrees and high-quality credentials to 25% by the year 2025.

THE CHAD FOUNDATION PROUDLY CO-SPONSORED NEWARK’S GRAD NATION SUMMIT ON DECEMBER 11-12, 2014

In line with our goals and objectives to create pathways and opportunities for disadvantaged children in the Newark community, the Chad Foundation joined other stakeholders in co-sponsoring the 2014 GradNation Summit at Rutgers University. Several hundred individuals participated in the two-day forum which examined strategies to improve the city’s graduation rate and re-engage the disconnected youth population.



DAVID C. BANKS - EAGLE ACADEMY

David C. Banks, Founding Principal of the all-male Eagle Academy, addresses a gathering of parents and educational stakeholders from the Newark Community during a Chad event for his new book SOAR. Click the tab to hear Mr. Banks inspire and challenge us all to support efforts to enhance the academic success and character development of boys of color.