The Woman Behind the Miracle on Cooper Street in Camden: “Poverty is not Permanent”

Education Post: June 2, 2017 Point A: A young girl born in Puerto Rico in 1962 spends her childhood traveling up and down the Eastern Coast from Florida to New Jersey as her parents, migrant laborers, follow the harvest. Point B: A highly-accomplished educational leader starts New Jersey’s very first public charter school in the … Continue reading The Woman Behind the Miracle on Cooper Street in Camden: “Poverty is not Permanent”

Scholar Earns Fulbright Award to Lead Professional Development Institute in Paraguay

Since 1997, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago has shepherded the LEAP Academy University Charter School from a small charter school to its transformational position today in Camden– and the world has taken notice. “The LEAP Academy has become a national and international success story,” says the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration at … Continue reading Scholar Earns Fulbright Award to Lead Professional Development Institute in Paraguay

A Big Step Forward Rutgers Magazine | Spring 2017

The LEAP Academy University Charter School, now in its 20th year, is the successful fulfillment of Gloria Bonilla-Santiago’s bold vision to change the lives of underserved Camden children through education. Read more…

The Miracle on Cooper Street

The words most often used to describe Camden, New Jersey have been equal parts fearful and unflattering: Dangerous. Criminal. Impoverished. Many forget Camden was a city once gleaming with industry, known as a city of manufacturing and innovation. But 50 years of economic downturn following World War II shifted Camden from famous to infamous – … Continue reading The Miracle on Cooper Street