Monday, December 17th, 2012
Dear Team Mosaica:
And so it goes. That aphorism from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five rings in my ears as I stare at this death notice from today’s New York Times – perhaps the most horrifying listing in American history. It contains the names and ages of 20 six- and seven-year-old children and seven creative and dedicated educators, all killed within minutes of each other by a 20-year-old gunman in combat gear, armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two semiautomatic pistols that were loaded with ammunition designed for maximum damage:
The entire country has been staggered by Friday’s carnage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in central Connecticut, the wails from inside the school echoing throughout the land, from President Obama’s emotional response to our own silent prayers to the tears of every parent who hugged his or her bewildered child over the weekend. We’re grief-stricken, angry, frustrated and frightened. But our most prevalent response is disbelief. We simply refuse to believe that this has happened again. We can’t explain this mindless slaughter to ourselves, and we wonder how to even talk about it with our children and students. How do we assure them that their classroom remains the sanctuary we have worked so hard to create? At the same time, how should we acknowledge the fundamental fears that events like the Sandy Hook killings trigger?
First, let’s keep things in perspective. The media have been quick to characterize school shootings as an “epidemic.” They’re not. They happen too often, to be sure, but they are still exceedingly rare. We, of course, need to be vigilant, but we should also not be quick to turn our schools into fortresses. We limit entry by visitors and have developed an explicit disaster plan, which includes strategies to lock down the school and pursue close ties with the local police in the event of an emergency. Those policies should be reviewed and renewed, but at the same time we should take care not to suggest to already vulnerable children that they are in immediate danger – or, worse, that they might be safer any place else.
We also have to be careful not to demonize the mentally ill or those suffering from some other disability. We don’t know enough about the perpetrator of this crime to diagnose him accurately – and perhaps we never will – but, once again, some talking heads have been quick with their assessments. If in fact the shooter had a developmental disorder or mental illness, that does not imply that others with that disorder or disability are potential murderers. If a student (or, for that matter, a misinformed adult) makes that kind of assertion, it may provide a teaching moment to counter the logical fallacy.
Ultimately, in our dealings with our children and students, we need to follow the recommendations of the medical Hippocratic oath: first, do no harm. Let’s listen before we talk. We need to understand what these children have heard. That puts the focus where it needs to be: on the child, not on the adult. We instinctually want to tell them what happened – and then drill them wildly on how to protect themselves. We want to promise them that it could “never happen here.” (Perhaps if we do, that will even convince us.) We may think our students are worried about what happened in Newtown because that’s all we’re thinking about. But they may actually know very little and may not be worried at all. It may be that the best thing we can do is to protect them from hearing about it.
If, however, your students are anxious, the strategy that’s commonly recommended is: “worried thought, brave thought.” The kids are taught to respond to their worried thoughts with brave thoughts. A worried thought might be, “A shooter might come to my school and there is nothing I can do about it,” to be countered with the brave thought, “School shootings are very rare, and lots of people are working to make sure nothing bad happens at my school.”
I have attached a PDF that includes detailed suggestions on helping children cope with trauma. In the meantime, let’s continue to keep the families of the Newtown victims in our prayers.
Michael J.Connelly Gene Eidelman DawnEidelman
Chief Executive Officer President Chief Education Officer
Friday, November 16th, 2012
Atlanta, GA, November 16, 2012:
Mosaica Education, Inc. (Mosaica) is launching its most ambitious leadership development program to date in its 15-year old history. In an endeavor to expand the reach of its global educational model with quality and integrity, Mosaica is committed to cultivating visionary, high energy and transformational leaders who share Mosaica’s philosophy of best practices and rigorous accelerated learning.
Mosaica Leadership Institute (MLI) provides opportunities for educators to follow unique paths to leadership within a charter school in the US. Global Leadership Institute (GLI) provides opportunities for educators to follow unique paths to leadership within a private or independent school internationally. U.S. and international leaders are cross-trained in Mosaica Online’s state-of-the art blended online programs for K-12 students and for comprehensive teacher training in the accredited Mosaica Model, which features the acclaimed Paragon™ Curriculum. Mosaica Leadership Institute features high quality online and face-to-face regional training, along with individualized coaching, and ongoing leadership opportunities.
Regions for MLI leaders in 2013 and 2014 will include: Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Regions for GLI leaders in 2013 and 2014 will include: England, India, Qatar, UAE.
Mosaica recruits aspiring school leaders to found and lead new Mosaica schools after completing MLI or GLI.
Program length: An eighteen-month program (six months leadership development program and twelve months on the job mentorship program) prepares graduates to found and lead a Mosaica school.
Application Deadline: December 21, 2012
2013 Program Dates: January -July, 2013
MLI 2013 – Nomination Application Package
Contact: Helen Owens
Mosaica Education, Inc.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 404 841 2305 x 111
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Laying the foundation of the herb spiral
For Immediate Release—October 17, 2012
Post HOPE Foundation installs an Edible Schoolyard at Vine City school.
Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Preparatory Academy is a charter school of choice open to all students residing in the Atlanta Public Schools district. The public school’s Parent Teacher Organization has a parent-led Edible Schoolyard Committee, which has been developing a “farm at school” initiative with pro bono management assistance from members of the Atlanta Metro Food & Farm Network (AM-FFN) team, a social enterprise consultant group within the non-profit ECO-Action Inc.
With financial support from APA’s Board of Trustees, the Edible Schoolyard Committee was able to retain the site planning services of Sustenance Design LLC to imagine a school-based garden that would reinforce the curriculum objectives of teachers while also providing students with hands on experiential learning opportunities in such areas as horticultural literacy, ecological appreciation, nutrition, career development and much more.
Post Properties, Inc. has already demonstrated their commitment to partnership and support of Atlanta Preparatory Academy through sponsoring the installation of a KaBOOM!™ playground during the 2011-2012 academic year. “We are excited about the opportunity to once again partner with APA and believe the ecological schoolyard will be a wonderful learning venture for your teachers and school children,” says Linda J. Ricklef, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Post HOPE Foundation, Inc., a charitable 501(c)3 foundation affiliated with Post Properties.
“With this project at Atlanta Preparatory Academy, we intend to demonstrate the advanced concept of ‘Farm @ School’ which brings the benefits of local food to both students and a school’s surrounding community.” says Kwabena Nkromo, the PTO President and Edible Schoolyard Committee Chair. This phase of the initiative will be installed Thursday October 18th, 2012 with volunteers from Post Properties, Inc. and Hilton Hotels’ Sustainability Committee. APA is located at 569 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta GA 30314.
For more information about APA, please visit: www.atlantaprepacademy.org
Media Contact: Kwabena Nkromo or Linda Ricklef
Phone: CD – 404.991.0334 AD – 770.846.5679
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Herb spiral rises
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Chad Carr, executive vice president for our Columbus, Ohio region, has been named School Leader of the Year at the 2012 Ohio Alliance of Public Charter School’s (OAPCS) 2012 State Conference. Please watch our site for upcoming details on this momentous achievement.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
AAT ACADEMIES GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Mosaica Education UK cordially invites you to the Grand Opening of our four East Sussex academies to be operated by Aurora Academies Trust
Date: Tuesday, 18th September 2012
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Glenleigh Park Primary Academy,
Gunters Lane, Bexhill-on-sea, East Sussex, TN39 4ED
Tim McCarthy, Regional Vice President
Mosaica Education UK
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Published on Monday 30 July 2012 17:00
HERON Park and Oakwood Primary Schools will reopen as academies – backed by an American company – when the pupils return in September.
The schools will be run by Mosaica Education UK and its parent company Mosaica Education which operates others in America, India, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
The company, which is also known as Aurora, will not make a profit from the running of the schools.
Governors at Sidley Community Primary School near Bexhill are also being sponsored by the same company.
East Sussex County Council said it had been working closely with Mosaica and would continue to do so when the schools came back from the summer break in September.
Heron Park and Oakwood have been chosen after the Government identified a list of schools that could be turned into academies in a bid to help them improve.
An East Sussex County Council spokesperson said, “Mosaica Education has a long track record in the provision of early years and primary school education.
“It has a strong commitment to the highest quality teaching and learning in its schools and to working with parents and the local community to secure the best possible outcomes for its pupils.
“We remain in close contact with the governing bodies and staff of the schools concerned and look forward to working with them and Mosaica Education as it develops its plans for the schools.”
For Heron Park in Hampden Park this comes just a year after Highfield and Hampden Park Infants merged to create the bigger school.
Karen Bye, Heron Park head teacher, said, “This school is continually moving forward. We have had a very successful year, and we are looking forward to September where we can keep improving the school.”
The county council says Heron Park and Oakwood will remain as local community schools, will be state funded and maintain good relationships with parents.
The curriculum will still be delivered but the county council hopes in a ‘fresh and innovative’ way.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Mosaica Education, which operates charter schools in Michigan and other states, officially became the management company in charge of the new charter school system for Muskegon Heights schools.
The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Board of Directors, meeting for the first time Monday afternoon, followed a recommendation by Emergency Manager Donald Weatherspoon to award a contract to Mosaica to operate the K-12 charter school system. Weatherspoon previously selected and gained state approval to form a charter school system in response to a financial emergency in the Muskegon Heights Public Schools.
Mosaica and the Leona Group, which operated the former TriValley Academy in Muskegon, were the two companies Weatherspoon said had expressed interest operating the charter district. A third withdrew its interest.
In Michigan, Mosaica operates charter schools in Alpena, Bay City, Flint and Pontiac.
Parents have the choice of sending their children to the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy, a different charter school in the area, a private school, or to a public school willing to accept transfer students. Officials have said Muskegon Public Schools appears to be the only district accepting transfers.
Emergency Manager Donald Weatherspoon said Mosaica was selected because of its curriculum, commitment to work within the community and a willingness to create a K-12 system.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) — An Atlanta charter school operator will be the education provider for Muskegon Heights Public Schools beginning this fall.
The district’s emergency financial manager, Dr. Donald Weatherspoon, announced Monday the signing of a contract with Mosaica Education, Inc.
The company will operate four schools within the district — Edgewood and Martin Luther King Jr. elementaries and Muskegon Heights middle and high schools.
“Mosaica was clearly the best fit for Muskegon Heights with high standards for academic performance and research based methods for supporting students that need assistance,” said Weatherspoon in a statement released Monday. “Mosaica will be a strong partner within the Muskegon Heights community. They have a proven business plan, an innovative curriculum that includes online learning and foreign language beginning in kindergarten, and a concrete plan for student safety that includes cameras in every classroom and hallway.”
Mosaica has set up a website where parents can get information on enrolling their children, and for jobseekers looking to apply for positions with the charter system. It plans to begin taking applications immediately for jobs available with the Muskegon Heights system.
The three newly appointed members of the district’s Academy System board of education also took office on Monday. Carmella Ealom, Arthur Scott and Darryl Todd will work with the emergency manager to oversee the charter school provider.
Mosaica operates charter schools in Michigan, eight other states, and in Washington, DC, in addition to an online learning system. It also operates schools in India and the United Arab Emirates.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
HYDERABAD: The Birthplace Healthcare Private Limited has announced the launch of its Prenatal Pack 2 for expectant parents in the city. Consisting of six sessions every Saturday, starting June 2, the package includes sessions on yoga, diet and nutrition, doctor talk, lactation, playtime with newborns and childbirth education. These sessions will be held at the Mosaica American School at Jubilee Hills.
The objective of the Birthplace Prenatal Pack is to provide a well-planned program for pregnant women, which focuses on the well-being of the mother and the baby during her pregnancy and prepares her to deal with her newborn.
The sessions will be conducted by Dr Mani Pavitra, childbirth education expert and Dr Sivaranjini, lactation counsellors. Dr Nikita Khanna, early childhood development expert, Dr Sivaranjani Santosh, pediatrician, Sunitha Sapur, nutritionist, Yogini Krepanand Latika, yoga instructor and Dr Jyotsna, gynaecologist/obstetrician will also consult in on the sessions. For more details on the package, contact 98855 69459 or visit their website www.thebirthplace.com
Monday, May 21st, 2012
By Rebekah Brown (Staff Writer)
Published: May 18, 2012
A $6.5 million federal loan will fund the creation of a long-awaited permanent home for Fell Charter School.
Although Principal Mary Jo Walsh is hoping to accept a “giant, shiny check” at a funding ceremony Wednesday, she said she is just thrilled with the award.
The federal stimulus loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will fund the creation of a building at 777 Main St. in Carbondale. The school has been operating out of modular buildings and a rental space for the past 10 years.
“It doesn’t feel real yet,” Ms. Walsh said. In 2011, the school was midway through the process of acquiring a loan through the USDA when the money became unavailable.
Pennsylvania USDA State Director Tom Williams will present a check during the ceremony announcing the award at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the school’s current location at 27 Fairview St. in Carbondale.
Ms. Walsh said the school will waste no time putting the money to use. She expects the project to go to bid in July and construction to begin in the fall.
The 18,000-square-foot, two-story building, will be able to accommodate 225 students.
The school currently has about 140 students, and Ms. Walsh said she didn’t want to lose the small school feeling in the new building.
“We’ll do some waiting lists so that in August 2013, we’ll be able to take new students,” she said.
The school is in the process of renewing its charter, but Ms. Walsh does not anticipate any problems completing the process.
“At this point, the federal government is saying they think we’ll be around long enough to give us a 40-year loan,” she said. “It will be nice for it to be ours. It will be wonderful for our kids to have a place that’s their own.”
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