Loeschner Lecture Presents Controversial Educator Eva Moskowitz

Loeschner Lecture Presents Controversial Educator Eva Moskowitz

Eva Moskowitz

The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership series will present a talk by Eva Moskowitz, the founder and CEO of Success Charter Schools, New York City’s largest network of charter schools, on May 20. Moskowitz has been labeled “America’s most controversial educator” by U.S. News & World Report.

The lecture will be at 5 p.m. in Harris Hall with a “meet and greet” beforehand at 3:45 p.m. in the SESP Student Affairs Office in Annenberg Hall, and both are open to all. To provide broad outreach to the campus community, the School of Education and Social Policy is sponsoring Moskowitz’s lecture as part of the Contemporary Thought lecture series at Northwestern.

An activist who has fought for troubled public schools and systemic reforms, Moskowitz has become a highly debated figure in education. Her charter schools boast high test scores, but she has been opposed by teacher unions and drawn fire from critics.

U.S News & World Report writes, “With a recent front page piece in the New York Times about the extraordinary results posted by her network of 32 Success Academy charter schools and how those results were achieved, Moskowitz is the most controversial figure in American education today.” According the New York Times, “In its devotion to accountability, Success Academy, New York City’s polarizing charter school network, may have no peer.”

Moskowitz founded Success Academy Charter Schools (originally called Harlem Success Academy) after serving as a city council member in New York City, where she chaired the education committee. She also directs the Great Public Schools Political Action Committee to support charter schools and has worked with other education nonprofits. She is the coauthor of Mission Possible, a book about running charter schools; and she has a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University and has taught at three universities.

The Loeschner Lecture on Leadership, which presents leaders with vision in education and other fields, has the goal of inspiring students to become leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor. The lecture was established with a gift from SESP alumnus Ray Loeschner (MA57) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the former president of Olivet University and a leader in higher education who also received his PhD from Northwestern in 1962.

The lecture series grew out of a desire by Loeschner and his late wife to inspire greater leadership and leave a lasting legacy at Northwestern in recognition of the opportunities the University provides. Speakers are selected for qualities of integrity, imagination and vision and demonstrating outstanding character and leadership in their professional and community lives.

Members of the SESP Leadership and Programming Board are helping to promote this year’s Loeschner Lecture and are participating in a dinner with Moskowitz after the talk. Alex Tom, Ian Pappas, Weronika Wasilewski and Sanchita Kanthadai are the board members who are participating in the dinner.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/19/15