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Don’t miss Eva Moskowitz at #EIE18!

• Sam Duell

Public charter schools allow families and communities to address local, urgent needs. I’ve talked to many parents of charter school students and, as a former teacher and administrator, have often heard that the “charter” part doesn’t matter as much as finding “the best possible fit” for their child. As I’ve blogged recently, public charter schools are founded by real people to address real problems. They’re now serving millions of families in communities across the nation.

This December, I hope you’ll join us at the 11th annual National Summit on Education Reform to hear from one of the most tenacious champions for public charter schools. In 2006, Eva Moskowitz created Success Academy Charter Schools—the largest and best-performing public charter school network in New York City—to address an education system that was both dysfunctional and inequitable. Moskowitz has taken on the powerful entrenched status quo to guide thousands of disadvantaged students to high academic performance.

I can’t wait to hear her message about the hope that charter schools are bringing to students and families. Join more than 1,000 education reformers at #EIE18 on December 5-7 in Washington, D.C. to hear from Eva Moskowitz and other inspiring speakers.

Our Q&A with Eva Moskowitz


ExcelinEd: Why did you want to speak at the National Summit on Education Reform?

EM: With 17,000 students, the Success Academy network of 47 schools is larger than 95 percent of the school districts in the U.S., and the number one district in New York State. We believe in sharing what is working at our schools with educators at large.

ExcelinEd: What keeps you going and fuels you along this path to help all children?
EM: Coffee!

ExcelinEd: What’s one word to describe the education reform movement or one word to describe your work in education reform?
EM: Possibility

About #EIE18

On December 5–7, 2018, Governor Jeb Bush and ExcelinEd will host the 11th annual National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE18) in our nation’s capital at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Join this annual conference to learn, network, engage and share the latest strategies to help students across America prepare for success.

This year’s exceptional lineup of keynote speakers and in-depth strategy sessions will inspire and empower attendees to build a brighter future for our nation’s families. Visit to learn more and to register.

About the author

Sam Duell

Before Sam joined ExcelinEd as the Associate Policy Director for Charter Schools, he was a special education teacher, a school and central office administrator, the Executive Director of School Choice at Oklahoma’s department of education and the Managing Director of OPSRC’s Education Collaborative. In every position, Sam worked creatively to meet student needs. He founded the Integrated Support Program at Fischer Middle School in San Jose, California to increase the number and percentage of students with learning disabilities who have access to the general education classroom. He was the first administrator of Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, the authorizer for online schools in Oklahoma. And he co-founded a statewide afterschool network called the Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning to organize and advocate for expanded learning opportunities after school and during the summer. Sam’s current interests include charter schools and their role in a functional, thriving democracy.