With the new fiscal year upon us, it is with great excitement and hope that we at Philip’s Education Partners embark upon a new chapter. Our CEO, Miguel Brito, retired in June and I assumed the role of Executive Director. I am grateful to Miguel for laying a strong foundation for us to move forward with implementing our priorities and the next phase of organizational growth. I look forward to strengthening our relationships with our stakeholders, providing valuable services and diversifying our portfolio by leveraging resources to ensure we are making the greatest impact on our most valuable customers, our children.
We are pleased to share that after serving for the past eight years as incubator for the Philip’s Academy Charter Schools, our schools have reached capacity to manage themselves. Therefore, in the 2020-21 school year, Philip’s Education Partners will no longer be serving as the charter management organization to the Philip’s schools. We know that the Philip’s educational model will continue to flourish!
Philip’s Education Partners will build upon its strong legacy of improving the well-being of children, their families and communities. We know the health of the community, both physically and emotionally, is the most critical springboard for its success. Therefore, we are continuing to adjust and broaden the platform of our signature program, EcoSpaces Education, to address these issues. Since 2016, when Philip’s Education Partners piloted EcoSpaces Education in its first out-of-network school in Newark, this program has been on a path of continuous growth serving communities throughout New Jersey. We successfully launched our Annual Growing Healthy Communities Conference bringing over 250 educators and presenters together for a day of Food Literacy Education. Since then, our EcoSpaces Education in collaboration with Ramapo College of New Jersey, launched the Mobile Food Lab, a retired school bus converted into a mobile classroom that travels throughout the state bringing food literacy lessons to schools via its STEAM-based programming. To date, the Mobile Food Lab has served over 2500 students and educators. Last year, 26 additional classrooms implemented the EcoSpaces Education’s STEAMed Project, a yearlong Food Ed curriculum. This year, through a collaboration with AeroFarms, we have begun to implement our newest initiative – bringing vertical farms to 40 schools throughout the state of New Jersey.
Now, more than ever, we are especially committed to ensuring that economically disadvantaged communities have access to the resources and services they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Through the lens of social justice, we will support programming that improve education and nutrition for deserving communities. We hope that you will continue to support this important work.
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