December 13, 2013 | Rutgers University Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship
Fundraising Gala. Join us for a tropical night at 7:00 pm. As we raise funds for scholarships on December 13.2013 at a New location the Atrium at the Curtis Center in Philadelphia. click here for more information.
September 27 | West African visitors, toured the LEAP Academy Campus today. Their hope is to be able to recreate LEAP educational model in Ghana in order to educate children in the underdeveloped region. During the tour, while at the Center for College Access, they were greeted by our uniformed students eager to tell what colleges they are going to attend. Click here to see photos of the visit
July 9 | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Selects Camden Students for "Ready 2 Lead" Program
US Senator Robert Menendez congratulated three Camden students selected to attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's "Ready 2 Lead" program in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2013. Cllick here for Video
June 30 | A successful high school in a troubled town
In Camden, N.J., teenagers are more likely to get shot, arrested or pregnant than receive a high school diploma. But at Leap Academy, 100 percent of the class is graduating. Founder Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago credits the school's success to smaller class sizes, a clean, safe environment and longer days. Michelle Miller reports. Click here for Video.
June 27| LEAP INTO THE FUTURE - Camden Charter Grads Look Ahead - And Back by Phil Dunn and Waldy Diez, Courier-Post. At LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, planning for college begins in preschool. Read the full story here.
June 4| USA Today featured the LEAP Academy as a positive example of "something that is working in Camden" in a story on gun violence in the city. The article talked about LEAP's successful educational program model --including longer school days and performance-based teaching. The article also cited LEAP's stellar college placement record. Destiny Bingham, a junior at LEAP's STEM campus shared her emotional personal story. Click here to read the entire article
April 26 | Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners has selected Dr. Gloria Bonilla Santiago as one of the finalists in its annual awards competition. The organization recognizes outstanding business women in the state of New Jersey. Nominees are judged on Innovation, Market Potential, Community Involvement, and Advocacy for Women. The List of Leading Women Entrepreneurs will be featured in the October Issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine. The top 25 award winners will be honored at a special Recognition evening in December. For more information, visit www.njleadingwomen.com
April 10 | Case Summary of the LEAP Academy University Charter School’s Performance-Based Compensation Program completed by the Center for Educator Compensation Reform (CECR)
The CECR released the results of a case summary of the LEAP Academy’s Performance-Based Compensation program. The summary discusses the program’s successes and impact on student achievement and teacher quality at LEAP Academy, which is the first unionized public school in New Jersey to have such a compensation system. The CECR’s work on this paper was supported by the U.S. Department of Education. The document includes an overview of the history of the school, an overview of how teachers are evaluated and compensated, and the lessons learned. Click here for more information
April 1 | Read the Op-Ed featured in the Star-Ledger: Making the grade in Camden schools, by Gloria Bonilla-Santiago.
May 9 | Dr. Santiago will receive the María DeCastro Blake Community Service Award from the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center on May 9, 2013, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ. Click here for more information.
February 27 | Dr. Santiago will be inducted into the New Jersey Women's Hall of Fame on March 21, 2013.
The New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame was created by the YWCA of Trenton to honor and recognize the accomplishments of women across all industries in New Jersey. Inductees are women who have made invaluable contributions to society, have elevated the status of women, who have made enduring contributions to their fields of endeavor; have inspired others by their example and have embodied the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women within their own lives and communities. Click here for more information
December 19 | Rutgers-Camden's CLC and Early Learning Research Academy hosted their annual holiday party featuring Santa, The Three Kings and music by an authentic paranda! Click here to see photos.
December 10 | Footage from annual Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala dating from 2012. Brick by Brick: Building Alfredo Santiago's Legacy. Click here to see the video
Nov. 26 | Advice for Puerto Rico's New Governor Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago latest blog on Huffington Post.
Nov. 7 | Sandy's Lesson for the Next Generation of Scientists. Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago latest blog on Huffington Post.
Oct. 15 | Super Women by Colleen Patrice Clark South Jersey Magazine
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., Founder and Chair of LEAP Academy University Charter School is featured in South Jersey Magazine, as one of 40 Women Making A Difference. Click here to read full article
Oct. 9 | STEM Grand Opening Wash the Videos
FOX 6 News | WUVP Univision | ABC 10 News | NJTV News | ABC 6 News
Oct. 10 | At charter's grand opening, schools chief expresses 'hope' for the future
by Kevin C. Shelly Courier-Post. CAMDEN — Breaking every tie should always be done "in the best interest of the students," Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said during a speech Tuesday, just days after the local board of education deadlocked on a significant vote. Click here to read full story
Oct. 9 | New-STEM-school-builds LEAP-Academy 's successby Kevin C. Shelly Courier-Post
$12.5 million school dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and math in the heart of downtown celebrates its grand opening. Click here to read full story
Sept. 18 | Education and the Candidates
Read Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago latest blog on Huffington Post.
Aug 16 | New Tenure Laws Make Good Sense
Read Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago’s latest blog on in Huff Post Education.
5. 10.12 | 6ABC: LEAP student to attend Ivy League College
ABC news interviewed Geehem Smith and Khary Golden about Geehem's future attendance at Cornell University and the obstacles he's had to overcome along the way.
5. 1.12 | ELRA opens new PNC library at Rutgers
4.26.12 | ACBS3: PNC’s “Brotherly Love” creates a library for ELRA
This CBS-3 “Brotherly Love” segment by Ukee Washington highlights the PNC Grow Up Great program which is creating a new library for Rutgers ELRA.> Watch the video > See photos
4.23.12 | STRUGGLES TO SUCCESS Camden teen's ambition turns his life around
Read story in CourierPost .
4. 13.12 | Dr.Santiago’s Huffington Post Parents Must Make the Grade on Involvement
3. 19.12 | Dr.Santiago’s Huffington Post Op-Ed: Pass The DREAM Act | Click here for full article
2.15.12 | Dr. Santiago named “Champion of Choice” by Foundations, Inc. | Click here for more information
2.13.12 | NBC10: LEAP Charter Leaves No Student Behind | Click here for video clip
2. 10.12 | Inquirer: NJ, nine other states get waivers from No Child rules | Click here for full article
2. 9.12 | College students share college experiences with LEAP Aspire students | Click here for more information
2.7.12 | Education group from Puerto Rico visits CLC/LEAP for closer look at charter schools | Click here for more
2. 2.12 | CLC Education Forum on School Leadership features Chenoweth and Theokas | Click here for more
1.24.12 | Huffington Post: No Child Left Behind: Not Too Late to Fix | Read Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago’s latest blog entry on the Huffington Post that discusses the 10th anniversary of “No Child Left Behind” and ways to improve it. Click here for more information
1.23.12 | CLC publishes Winter 2012 Newsletter | Click here for more information
1. 20.12 | Rutgers Today: Bilingual Education Can Start Preschoolers on Path to Success | Read the article here
12. 19.11 | US News & World Report publishes opinion piece by Dr. Santiago International media site US News & World Report published an online opinion article by Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago on the benefits of STEM education in breaking cycles of poverty in urban areas.
> Read the article here
11. 9. 11 | ELRA Playground Opens | CLC opened its new $100,000 ELRA playground on Nov. 8 with a special event for parents and students. | See the Photos
11. 4.11 | Cuban scholar Mario Coyula visits Rutgers, presents on Cuban architecture
Dr. Mario Coyula Cowley, a Cuban architect and urban planner, hosted a presentation at Rutgers–Camden on the architectural history and future of Havana Cuba.| Watch the Video | See the Photos | Read Dr. Coyula’s work
8.24.11 | “Early Education Gives Poor Kids a Chance to Succeed” | Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago’s latest Huffington Post blog discusses the importance of early childhood education for children in low-income communities. Click here for full article
8.1.11 | 40 students complete Rutgers–Camden’s Aim High Academy | Forty high school seniors from Camden City graduated Rutgers–Camden’s Aim High Academy on Friday July 29th. Aim High is a free, three-week college readiness program that allows students to live on campus at Rutgers and learn what it takes to attend and succeed in college. Click here for for more information
6. 28.11 | LEAP's graduates and bound for college -By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist Click here for story
6.16.11 | Rutgers Foundation recognizes Alfredo Santiago Scholarship students | A special luncheon held by the Rutgers University Foundation recognized the continued impact and contribution of the Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship to the success of Rutgers. Click here for full story and photos
6.13.11 | Language of Education Rings True -- in U.S. and Brazil by Gloria Bonilla Santiago, Ph.D. LEAP has been invited to partner with Rio schools to tell how providing poor children with access to a great education Click here for story
6. 6. 11 | NBC10’s Aditi Roy calls LEAP Academy a “Charter School Success”This NBC10 story by Aditi Roy on LEAP Academy premiered Sunday at NBC's Education Nation town hall in Philadelphia. l Click here to watch the video.
5.31.11 | Dr. Santiago and Rutgers–Camden visit schools in Rio De Janiero, Brazil Rutgers–Camden sent a team of professors and students to Brazil to meet with education officials and learn more about schools in Rio. Click here for photos.
4.14.11| South Jersey News A Philadelphia Inquirer article features comments from
Dr. Santiago on merit pay.Click here for more
4.12.11 | Dr. Santiago talks about hispanic participation on the US next Elections on Radio Canadá Internacional." In Spanish" Click here to hear the discussion
3. 25.11 | Dr. Santiago Op-Ed shows LEAP’s merit pay system for teachers
The Trenton Times ran an article by Dr. Santiago in its March 25th issue that discusses why LEAP Academy’s merit pay system works for teachers. Click here to read article
2.28.11 | Dr. Santiago talks charter schools on The Total Education Show’s radio panel | Dr. Santiago was one of five panelists discussing charter schools on a radio broadcast in Pittsburgh Click here to hear the discussion
2.25.11 | Early Learning Research Academy will Set Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-Schoolers on the Path to College. Click here for story on Rutgers Today
2.23.11 | Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago is a special guest on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports to talk about merit pay at LEAP Academy. click here for video
1.18.11 | The New Jersey Network (NJN) visited LEAP Academy to interview "pay-for-performance" incentive structure. Click here to wash the interview
12.3.10 | American School Board Journal spotlights LEAP and founder Gloria Bonilla-Santiago Dr. Santiago and LEAP Academy Charter School are featured on the cover of the December 2010 issue of the American School Board Journal. The issue discusses the charter school movement and the success LEAP has had in Camden City.
Read the December issue | Read the article “Who Chooses Charter Schools?”
Read the article “School Choice: Who Gets Left Behind?”