November Newsletter: the WHAT is Just as Important as the HOW


As we slowly hit our stride again with in-person instruction, and as we approach the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is important that all of us — our Boards, Council, Staff, Families, Alumni and Students — continue to work with purpose and intention.  The WHAT we are working towards is just as important as the HOW we are getting there.

In August, Foundation Academies rolled out a vision that we hope will bring increased clarity to who we are and what we believe.  It reads, “Our vision is to create a wide range of intentional learning experiences in a joyful, inclusive, and culturally responsive environment so that all our scholars can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their purpose.”

This month, we wanted to highlight here some of the “intentional learning experiences” that our students and staff are engaged in daily, from welcoming new Board members with mission-aligned passion and expertise, to partnering with community members in support of the physical, social, and emotional wellness of our kids, to piloting a new art program for our youngest scholars that intentionally provides space for self-expression, to celebrating our heritages and traditions. 

This work is made possible by so many people who give of their time, talent, and treasure. Thank you to our staff, volunteers, parents and donors for intentionally and persistently showing up for our kids. I could not be more proud of the people of Foundation Academies.

In Community, 


Graig Weiss
Foundation Academies

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Graig Weiss

Graig Weiss served as the Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Academies from 2014-2022. He began 5 years before as Middle School Principal. A 2003 Teach for America corps member, Mr. Weiss taught Math and Science in the Bronx and the Dominican Republic prior to becoming an administrator and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007. Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Weiss worked in the financial services sector with Cambridge Associates, LLC in Boston, MA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Scranton.