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NEWARK KIDS TELL WORLD “BLACK LIVES MATTER”

By |2017-12-15T14:55:43+00:00December 7th, 2014|Press|

Students and staff members at BRICK Avon Academy in Newark, New Jersey, reacted to the Eric Garner case with the message “Black Lives Matter.” School staffer Annette Jones shared the video with NBC 4 New York. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/285008761.html

SOCCER SHOTS

By |2017-12-15T15:00:14+00:00June 2nd, 2012|Press|

Last year, your local Soccer Shots operator committed to donate a portion of your child’s registration fee to the Global Goals/U.S. Soccer Foundation in an effort to build a SportCourt playing surface at the B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy in Newark, NJ. Children from the school will now be able to participate in the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer

ANDERSON COOPER SURPRISES NEWARK TEACHER WITH VISIT, SPA TRIP

By |2017-12-15T14:49:16+00:00October 21st, 2011|Press|

NEWARK — CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper surprised a city kindergarten teacher today, sending her to a New York City spa for the afternoon and teaching the class in her absence. Cooper chose the teacher, Princess Williams, 27, saying educators rarely receive the credit they deserve for their hard work. Ninety percent

THEGRIO’S 100: DOMINIQUE LEE, LEADING THE WAY WITH TEACHER-LED SCHOOLS

By |2017-12-15T14:50:35+00:00February 1st, 2011|Press|

Fed up with the troubled bureaucracy of inner-city schools, 25-year-old Teach for America alumnus Dominique Lee decided it was time for teachers to take charge. Last September, along with five other Teach for America alumni, Lee reopened Newark’s Avon Avenue School as the newly christened BRICK Avon Academy, a public school of 650 children now

TEACHER TRAINING, TAUGHT BY STUDENTS

By |2017-12-15T14:51:55+00:00January 14th, 2011|Press|

Syidah O’Bryant scribbled notes in a composition book, trying to keep up with a lesson about why teenagers are so sleepy in the morning. Usually Ms. O’Bryant, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, is the one talking. But on Tuesday, it was her student, Kare Spencer, 14. “She’s the boss of me; she’s teaching me,”

TEACHER POWER: A PROMISING EXPERIMENT AT A NEWARK SCHOOL

By |2017-12-15T14:53:17+00:00September 10th, 2010|Press|

In a world where administrators rule, a teacher is not allowed to touch a copy machine. As a first-year history teacher at a Newark public high school, Dominique Lee would toil over lesson plans in his classroom until 7 or 8 p.m. But if he needed copies of reading material for his students, he might

IN A NEW ROLE, TEACHERS MOVE TO RUN SCHOOLS

By |2017-12-15T14:55:14+00:00September 6th, 2010|Press|

NEWARK — Shortly after landing at Malcolm X Shabazz High School as a Teach for America recruit, Dominique D. Lee grew disgusted with a system that produced ninth graders who could not name the seven continents or the governor of their state. He started wondering: What if I were in charge? Three years later, Mr. Lee, at