New York City charter school exec to head Hebrew charter school incubator

The former chief academic officer at New York City’s Office of Charter Schools will leave his post to become the head of the Hebrew Charter School Center, a privately funded group designed to build the Hebrew charter school movement. 

Aaron Listhaus spent a year and a half helping to oversee charter schools in New York City, where he was responsible for the oversight of academic programs and accountability for the city’s nearly 70 authorized charter schools.

In January, he will become the head of the HCSC, a nonprofit organization created by the Areivim Philanthropic Group in 2009 to help advance the Hebrew language charter school movement. 

HCSC works with planning teams and existing charter schools across the country to build capacity for designing new Hebrew language charter schools, provide resources for established schools, train teachers, create a network of Hebrew language charter schools, and to help communities start the schools. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the Hebrew Charter School Center team and have an opportunity to be at the forefront of this exciting new movement that is bringing innovative, high-quality dual language public schools of choice to children across the country,” Listhaus said. “It brings together my personal experience of learning Hebrew as a young child, my teaching experience in a dual language setting and my work in school design and support to the development and promotion of a network of Hebrew Language Charter Schools across the country.  I can’t wait to get started.”

Here is the release from the HCSC:

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Hebrew Charter School Center Names Senior New York City Charter Schools Official As Executive Director Aaron Listhaus, Chief Academic Officer for the City’s Office of Charter Schools, to lead year-old organization

NEW YORK — The Hebrew Charter School Center today announced the hiring of Aaron Listhaus, an accomplished educator and leader in New York City’s school reform movement, as its first executive director.

Listhaus, 50, comes to HCSC from the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Charter Schools, where he spent a year and half as Chief Academic Officer.  In that role he was responsible for the oversight of academic programs and accountability for all of the nearly 70 Department-authorized charter schools.  Listhaus also served as a coach in the City’s innovative Leadership Academy in the 2007-08 school years, advising and supporting new principals in the public school system.

Prior to that, Listhaus, a Brooklyn native, spent five years as principal of Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City and two years as assistant principal.  He was involved with growing a national network of schools based on the Middle College model.  Listhaus got his start in the charter movement by serving as the board chair for the International High School, a charter program also affiliated with LaGuardia CC.  He is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a Master of Education from Adelphi University.

HCSC Board Chair Sara Berman said, “Aaron is the perfect professional leader for growing the Hebrew language charter movement. His deep understanding of public education, school development and charter schools plus his commitment to diversity and the celebration of Hebrew language and culture make him a very rare find for this unique opportunity.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Hebrew Charter School Center team and have an opportunity to be at the forefront of this exciting new movement that is bringing innovative, high-quality dual language public schools of choice to children across the country,” said Listhaus, who takes over the Center in early January.

“This really is a dream position for me.  Its bring together my personal experience of learning Hebrew as a young child, my teaching experience in a dual language setting and my work in school design and support to the development and promotion of a network of Hebrew Language Charter Schools across the country.  I can’t wait to get started.”

ABOUT HCSC

The Hebrew Charter School Center is a nonprofit organization created by the Areivim Philanthropic Group in 2009 to help advance the Hebrew language charter school movement. HCSC works with planning teams and existing charter schools across the country to: 

  • Build and increase the capacity for designing new, high quality Hebrew language charter schools
  • Provide resources for established schools
  • Grow a field of educators prepared to lead Hebrew language charter schools and the movement
  • Promote and support a network of high quality Hebrew language charter schools
  • Support local communities to develop Hebrew language charter schools and to maximally benefit from their impact on children and families

For more information, go to: http://www.hebrewcharters.org/

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