The Rockaway Center for Community Development & Education Reform [Rockaway Center] seeks to create better educational opportunities for all children by leading parents, policymakers and the media in boldly advocating for school choice, advancing the charter school movement, and creating resources that will improve the educational programs of public schools.

We partner with community leaders on the development of charter schools.  For a number of years the Rockaway Center for Community Development has been the key player in the development of two new schools – Challenge Preparatory Charter School [opening in August 2010] and the Medical Technology High School Far Rockaway.

The Rockaway Center embraces the possibilities of re-conceptualizing new mental models for schools regarding the back-to-the-neighborhoods movement. While the old lens for viewing community relationships emphasized boundary maintenance (bridging and buffering), the new lens builds on shared revitalization or co-production, offering a centered politics of place and agency as substitutes for interest-group theorizing. The Harlem Kids Zone and the Promise Neighborhood models are effective ways to embrace change for our children from the cradle [actually pre-natal care] to college to a career path.

We seek to inform so that laws can be changed, minds and cultures improved to allow good schools to flourish and become change agents in their communities.