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
CHAD AND VICTORIA FOUNDATIONS PARTNER TO AWARD $10,000 SUMMER GRANT TO EAGLE ACADEMY – NEWARK
July 2016 -- The Victoria Foundation will match the Chad Foundation’s $5,000 summer grant in support of the all-male Eagle Academy’s SOAR Program. SOAR is designed to avert summer learning loss. Summer learning loss is a phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer. It is also one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth, particularly young men of color.
Executive Director Appears on Giblin Report
On March 4, 2016, Reginald Lewis, Executive Director, appeared on the Giblin Report, a public access television program sponsored by Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin. Lewis discussed a range of education topics with the Assemblyman on the program, including Newark School reform, the PARCC test, and the recent reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
CHAD FOUNDATION AWARDS $10,000 GRANT TO EAGLE ACADEMY - NEWARK
On Friday, December 18, 2015, The Chad School Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the all-male Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark. This check was the Foundation’s third contribution in as many years, and builds on Chad’s recent Black and Latino Male Achievement Policy Roundtable held in June, 2015. The Chad Foundation’s staff and trustees, along with representatives from the Newark Trust for Education were on hand to present the check to Eagle Academy.
Pictured from left to right in the front row: Corey Johnson, student, Eagle Academy; Malik Stewart, student, Eagle Academy; Mr. Semone Morant, Principal, Eagle Academy; Ernest Bell (kneeling), student, Eagle Academy; John Tejada (kneeling), student, Eagle Academy; Ms. Richmond Rabinowitz, Acting CEO, Newark Trust for Education; Reginald Lewis, Executive Director, The Chad School Foundation; William D. Payne, Vice-Chair, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Joyce Eldridge-Howard, Chairwoman, Scholarship Committee, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Michelle Diaz, Trustee, The Chad School Foundation. Standing in the back row from left to right: Mr. Joshua Gyimah, Project Manager, The Chad School Foundation; Kenneth Haynes, student, Eagle Academy; Mekhi Fields, student, Eagle Academy; Mr. Lawrence Munroe, Senior Administrator, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Natalie Brathwaite, Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Newark Trust for Education; Mr. William Parrish, Chairman, Real Estate Committee, The Chad School Foundation; Mr. Altarik White, Executive Director, Leaders for Life.
AUGUST LITERACY BLOCK PARTY
As a follow-up to discussions at the June Policy Roundtable on Black and Latino Male Achievement, the Chad Foundation partnered with the Foundation for Newark’s Future, the City of Newark’s Read and Believe Program, and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson in sponsoring a block party on literacy.
This event was held on August 22nd at Nat Turner Park in Newark, NJ.
Parents and students from across the city were on hand to receive books, backpacks, and other back-to-school materials distributed that day.
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.
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.