UPLIFT Academy and Newark Opportunity Youth Network partnership creates leaders of tomorrow

October 23, 2017

Pedro Assis and Kareemah Sims linger in front of each painting that lines the Gallery Walk at UPLIFT Academy.

The two high school juniors look and sound reflective, with an understanding and maturity beyond their years.

The paintings are all well-executed and impactful--striking images of everyday life, emotions, challenges--and many filled with optimism and ...

M.E.T.S. Charter School announces decision to close its doors

M.E.T.S. Charter School announced Tuesday that it will be shutting its doors at the end of the year.

The early college preparatory school, which just opened its downtown Newark location to much fanfare on Aug. 29 following a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Chris Christie, made the decision after an Oct. 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

According to a letter disseminated by the school ...

Exclusive: Shavar Jeffries talks education reform in the City of Newark

A few years ago, Shavar Jeffries served on the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board as its president. Today, he has a hand in national education policy as head of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER).

From the micro to the macro, Jeffries's experience gives him a unique perspective on urban education. He has an expansive view of efforts at the local, state and national levels ...

Newark Educators Community Charter's collaboration with counseling services sees remarkable results

A Newark school is leading the way as an example of triumph over adversity and the strides that can be made when a community of educators comes together to ensure that students succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.

Newark Educators Community Charter School (NECCS), in its commitment to a holistic approach to education, began its partnership several years ...

University eyeing former VP as potential commencement speaker

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following the appearance of former Vice President Joe Biden at the Rutgers College Avenue Gym on October 12, the university is eyeing Biden as the potential 2018 commencement speaker.

The former vice president had dropped the rumor while taking selfies with students following his appearance, according to a post on the Rutgers subreddit.

Rutgers officials confirmed ...

Link Community Charter transforms into gallery for Open Doors arts event

It was the perfect merging of arts and education during this year’s Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, with Link Community Charter School (LCCS) joining forces with one of the city's most vibrant art organizations for the largest multi-day celebration of the visual and performing arts.

Selected as a designated “art gallery," students ...

Harvard, MarGrady studies reveal overall gains for Newark's public schools

Adding to a growing body of evidence of overall progress made by Newark's public schools and life outcomes for Newark students, two studies released this month by Harvard University and MarGrady Research reveal significant gains made by the school district.

Studies reveal that Newark’s district and charter schools are providing better results for students, showing ...

Newark Public Schools launches bullying prevention month with Week of Respect

To coincide with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Newark Public Schools held its Week of Respect Oct. 2-8 as part of a month-long initiative of anti-bullying programming throughout district schools.

Students throughout Newark are engaging in tolerance and anti-bullying activities and education throughout the designated month, which brings together thousands of schools, communities ...

Newark school board achieves standout status

Newark Public Schools is leading the way for school districts throughout Essex County and beyond.

Newark's Board of Education recently received Master Board Certification from the New Jersey State Board of Education (NJSBA), the first and only school board in Essex County--and one of just 18 out of 581 districts in the state--to achieve this status.

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Famed author and journalist Robert Caro gives Philip Roth Lecture at Newark Public Library

Robert Caro, one of America's greatest literary lions, gave a lecture about his work at the Newark Public Library, the downtown marble and wood-paneled shrine of the city's intellectual life, as part of an annual lecture series named after the equally revered author Philip Roth, a proud native son of Newark.    

Caro, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a journalist for ...

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