HCSC JOINS PRESTIGIOUS COALITION OF DIVERSE CHARTER SCHOOLS

New York City – The Hebrew Charter School Center, which is working to build a national network of public, dual-language charter schools, has joined the National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools.

The Hebrew Charter School Center’s first network school – the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn – opened in 2009. The Center now supports six schools in its network (in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and California) and is working to help open a seventh school next fall in Minneapolis.

The Coalition’s members include nearly 60 charter schools around the country. All member schools (which include, among many others, High Tech High School and Citizens of the World Charter Schools), are committed to having “racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student populations.”

“Being a part of this Coalition puts us in great company, and we are quite proud to join this movement of diverse charter schools. The Coalition’s mission truly reflects our reality,” says Jon Rosenberg, president and CEO of the Hebrew Charter School Center. “For example, our schools in New York City are considerably more diverse than the great majority of New York City public schools – and that diversity extends to our schools around the country as well.”

As stated on the Coalition’s website, its members believe that diverse schools:

  • Provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another;
  • Are a cost-effective method of boosting student achievement;
  • Promote the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints;
  • Invigorate and strengthen urban neighborhoods by bringing community members together; and
  • Promote equality by ensuring that students from different backgrounds have the same high quality educational opportunities.

“We’ve made true integration a vital part of our educational program – which is to say, we are diverse by design,” says Rosenberg. “We strive to locate our schools in places that include great diversity – racially, culturally, and socioeconomically. Our programs are meant to appeal to and meet the needs of the full diversity of those communities. And we have worked hard at community outreach to ensure that all families learn about our work and feel welcome and well-served in our schools.”

The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is building a national network of academically rigorous dual-language charter schools that teach children of all backgrounds to become fluent and literate in Modern Hebrew and prepare them to be productive global citizens. (www.hebrewcharters.org)

ENROLLMENT UP TO 1,370 FOR 2014-’15 YEAR

New York City – The new admissions lotteries for attendance at the Hebrew Charter Center Schools are now complete for the 2014-15 school year.  The result?  More than 1,300 children will be enrolled in the dual-language schools, representing a 30 percent increase over the current school year.

“Because there isn’t space for all the children whose families would like their kids to attend our schools, we have waiting lists – which are growing each year,” says Jon Rosenberg, president and CEO of HCSC. “We wish we had enough seats to serve all of these interested students and families, but are truly grateful for their interest and the demand it represents for the great programs provided by our network of schools.”

In 2014-15, HCSC schools include the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn (serving grades K-5); Hatikvah International Academy in East Brunswick, N.J. (serving grades K-5); Harlem Hebrew (serving grades K-2); Sela Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. (serving grades Pre-K-2); Kavod Elementary in San Diego (serving grades K-3); and Lashon Academy in Los Angeles (serving grades K-2).

Across these schools, 1,894 applications were received for 583 available spaces.  “Not only is there great demand for our schools, but they continue to attract a truly global diversity of students and families,” says Rosenberg. “In our five currently operating schools, the parents of our students come from 78 different nations, and more than 25 different languages are spoken in our students’ homes.  We celebrate this diversity every day.”

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The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is building a national network of academically rigorous dual-language charter schools that teach children of all backgrounds to become fluent and literate in Modern Hebrew and prepare them to be productive global citizens. Proceeds from this theater benefit will be allocated to support new and existing Hebrew language charter schools in New York City and across the country.  

ROSENBERG IS NEW HCSC CEO

NEW YORK – The Hebrew Charter School Center has hired Jonathan Rosenberg – a leader in the education reform, civil rights, and Jewish communities – as the organization’s CEO and President.
Most recently, Rosenberg spent 2012-13 as the Executive Director of ROADS Charter High Schools, which created and supports two public charter high schools in New York City serving over-age, under-credited students, most of whom are juvenile court-involved, in foster care, homeless or in transitional housing, pregnant/ parenting, and/or have special needs.

Rosenberg formerly served as a senior attorney in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights under President Clinton, as Deputy General Counsel of Edison Schools Inc., and as the Executive Director of Roads to Success, a career and college readiness program, before going on to become CEO of Repair the World, a national organization supporting Jewish service-learning programs. Earlier in his career, Rosenberg worked for the Legal Aid Society and The Children’s Aid Society.

“We could not dream of a better leader than Jon Rosenberg to build on the solid foundation our organization has established in the last few years and realize our vision for the Hebrew charter school movement,” said HCSC Board Chair Sara Berman.

“Above and beyond his unmatched mix of applied knowledge and leadership skills, his life’s work – which has been dedicated to promoting educational excellence, equal opportunity, and American pluralism — perfectly personifies the values that animate our movement.”

Rosenberg’s hiring was part of a long-planned expansion for the HCSC leadership team that took effect as of January 1st. Current executive director Aaron Listhaus — who formerly served as the chief academic officer for the NYC Department of Education’s charter school office — is shifting into the role of Executive Director for Education, enabling him to focus his efforts on academic, program and organizational support for schools in the Center’s network as well as on the development of new school planning groups and charter school applications.

Rosenberg, who lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children, will be primarily responsible for expanding the Center’s public profile, partnerships, and funding, while ensuring that its staff and resources are deployed effectively to support the creation and quality of Hebrew language charter schools.

“As someone deeply committed to education as a core civil right, to the potential of meaningful integration to advance understanding and citizenship, and to the vitality of dual language and Israel-focused education, I am both humbled and thrilled at the opportunity to help lead the Center through its next phase of growth and impact,” Rosenberg said.

“I hope to bring my own experiences — as an education reformer and civil rights lawyer, as an advocate for a more just and inclusive society, and as a member of a multiracial family – to bear in helping the Center succeed in expanding its network of diverse, high-achieving schools and exposing more children of all backgrounds to Hebrew language and culture.”

ABOUT HCSC – The Hebrew Charter School Center is dedicated to building a movement of academically rigorous dual-language charter schools across America that teach children of all backgrounds to become fluent and literate in Modern Hebrew and prepare them to be productive global citizens.

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HCSC ON BROADWAY AGAIN IN ’14

n, “and we worked hard to increase that number to 1,600 this year.”

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The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is building a national network of academically rigorous dual-language charter schools that teach children of all backgrounds to become fluent and literate in Modern Hebrew and prepare them to be productive global citizens. Proceeds from this theater benefit will be allocated to support new and existing Hebrew language charter schools in New York City and across the country.  

LOS ANGELES SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW HEBREW LANGUAGE CHARTER SCHOOL

Lashon Academy to become sixth school in Hebrew Charter School Center network

NEW YORK — The Hebrew Charter School Center today welcomed the latest addition to its growing network of Hebrew immersion charter schools with the formal approval of the Lashon Academy Charter School by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board on Tuesday.

Lashon will join the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn, Hatikvah International Academy in East Brunswick, N.J., Kavod Elementary Charter School in San Diego, Sela Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and Harlem Hebrew Language Academy in Manhattan as the sixth school to be developed based on the HCSC model.

“We could not think of a better way to start the new year than to bring our movement — and another innovative school of excellence — to one of the country’s most influential centers of learning and culture,” said HCSC Executive Director Aaron Listhaus. “We want to thank the the LAUSD for their support and validation of our model and applaud the Lashon planning team for their dedication and passion for creating more great educational opportunities for families in the Los Angeles area.”

Lashon, which will be located in Van Nuys, plans to start with 290 students in grades K-2 and grow to serve 660 children in grades K-6 by its fifth year. “We are first and foremost very excited for and grateful to the Los Angeles community, which has provided us with incredible support as we have gone about developing this project,” said Lashon planning group leader Josh Stock. “We would also like to thank the Hebrew Charter School Center for their guidance and encouragement, as well as the LAUSD Board and Superintendent, with whom we have worked long hard to ensure we are building a school of excellence.”

About HCSC

The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009. The Center’s mission is to promote the development and sustainability of the Hebrew charter school movement by supporting a network of excellent schools that serve diverse populations of students, foster strong inter-personal relationships, advance overall academic and social/emotional well-being, and promote high levels of Hebrew language proficiency and understanding of the culture and history of Israel and its immigrant communities.

HCSC works with planning teams and existing charter schools across the country to:

  • Build and increase the capacity for designing new, high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
  • Provide resources for established schools;
  • Grow a field of educators prepared to lead Hebrew language charter schools and the movement;
  • Promote and support a network of high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
  • Support local communities to develop Hebrew language charter schools and to maximally benefit from their impact on children and families.

For more information, go to:
http://www.hebrewcharters.org/

DC CHARTER BOARD APPROVES NEW HEBREW CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 OPENING

Washington’s Sela Public Charter School to become fourth school in Hebrew Charter School Center network

NEW YORK — The Hebrew Charter School Center today welcomed another addition to its network of Hebrew immersion charter schools with the formal approval of the Sela Public Charter School by the DC Public Charter School Board last night.

Sela will join the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn, Hatikvah International Academy in East Brunswick, N.J., and the recently approved Kavod Elementary Charter School in San Diego as the fourth school to be developed based on the HCSC model when it opens in the fall of 2013. The Center is also working with a planning group in Harlem that submitted a charter application earlier this year.

“We could not be happier for the Sela planning group and the families they will be serving — or more encouraged by the response and validation our innovative dual language model has received the last several weeks by authorizers in San Diego and now Washington,” said HCSC Executive Director Aaron Listhaus. “This has been a great spring forward for our movement, and we hope to keep the momentum going as we continue working with planning groups across the country.”

Sela will join a vibrant community of nine other dual language public school programs in the District. The elementary school plans to open in 2013 with 124 students in pre-K and grades K-1 and to grow to serve 372 students through fifth grade, according to its charter.

“The Hebrew Charter School Center has been enormously supportive in Sela’s application process,” said Sela co-founder Bryce Jacobs. “HCSC has provided much needed grant funds as well as technical assistance throughout the application process. We are excited to be joining HCSC’s network of schools and look forward to sharing best practices with our sister schools
across the country.”

About HCSC

The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is a nonprofit organization created by the Areivim Philanthropic Group in 2009. The Center’s mission is to promote the development and sustainability of the Hebrew charter school movement by supporting a network of excellent schools that serve diverse populations of students, foster strong inter-personal relationships, advance overall academic and social/emotional well-being, and promote high levels of Hebrew language proficiency and understanding of the culture and history of Israel and its immigrant communities.

HCSC works with planning teams and existing charter schools across the country to:

  • Build and increase the capacity for designing new, high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
  • Provide resources for established schools;
  • Grow a field of educators prepared to lead Hebrew language charter schools and the movement;
  • Promote and support a network of high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
  • Support local communities to develop Hebrew language charter schools and to maximally benefit from their impact on children and families.

For more information, go to:
http://www.hebrewcharters.org/

SAN DIEGO SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW HEBREW CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 OPENING

Kavod Elementary to become third school in Hebrew Charter School Center network

NEW YORK — The Hebrew Charter School Center today celebrated the latest addition to its network of rigorous, Hebrew immersion charter schools with the formal approval of Kavod Elementary by the Board of the San Diego Unified School District late Tuesday night.

Kavod will join the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn and Hatikvah International Academy in East Brunswick, N.J., as the third school to be developed according to the HCSC model when it opens this September. The Center is also working with planning groups in Harlem and Washington that submitted charter applications in the last several weeks.

“The Hebrew Charter School Center is thrilled to see another school of excellence using this model come to fruition, both for the parents of San Diego and the growth of our movement,” said HCSC Executive Director Aaron Listhaus. “We are supporting several other terrific schools in the pipeline, starting with the projects in Harlem and D.C., and we expect great things to come in those communities.”

Kavod, the Hebrew word for honor and respect, is being spearheaded by Tamar Caspi Shnall, a writer and journalist who lives in San Diego. The school plans to open with 210 students in grades K-2, and ultimately will grow to serve 530 students in grades K-5.

“The Board members and Founders of Kavod Elementary Charter School have been dedicated
and passionate about making the dream of a Hebrew language charter school in San Diego a reality,” Caspi Shnall said. “We are beyond thrilled the SDUSD Board of Education found our charter petition to be a solid document with a sound educational program and we look forward 2 to serving the children of San Diego, offering them an educational alternative and the opportunity to learn Hebrew. Just a few of us were able to complete this goal in a few short months, a task normally accomplished by a large team in at least twice the amount of time, and we couldn’t have done it without the support and guidance of the Hebrew Charter School Center. Kol HaKavod (All the honor and respect) to everyone involved in this amazing endeavor.”

About HCSC

The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is a nonprofit organization created by the Areivim Philanthropic Group in 2009. The Center’s mission is to promote the development and sustainability of the Hebrew charter school movement by supporting a network of excellent schools that serve diverse populations of students, foster strong inter-personal relationships, advance overall academic and social/emotional well-being, and promote high levels of Hebrew language proficiency and understanding of the culture and history of Israel and its immigrant communities.

HCSC works with planning teams and existing charter schools across the country to:

  • Build and increase the capacity for designing new, high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
  • Provide resources for established schools;
  • Grow a field of educators prepared to lead Hebrew language charter schools and the movement;
  • Promote and support a network of high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
  • Support local communities to develop Hebrew language charter schools and to maximally benefit from their impact on children and families.

For more information, go to:
http://www.hebrewcharters.org/