News, Announcements, and Media Press

  • New Dawn celebrates a full term 5 year renewal through 2022

    New Dawn Charter High School is proud to announce that we have been granted a full term 5 year renewal of our charter by the New York State Board of Regents. The recent vote to renew our charter term will allow New Dawn to continue to service our unique population through the 2021-2022 school year. A huge congratulations to all who have made this possible including our staff, students, and families. 

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  • New Dawn Featured on Northeast Charter School Network blog series

    We are thrilled to be featured on the Northeast Charter School Network's blog series on schools that make a difference!



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  • New Dawn Board Member Honored

    Congratulations to Board of Trustees member Samir Souidi for his breakthrough work in technology, helping people in refugee camps. Very proud of our founding Board member for the recognition of this very important, groundbreaking work.

    InsideNGO honored Samir Souidi, Enterprise Systems/Software Architect at Population Council, with its 2016 Excellence Award in Information Technology at its annual conference, Achieving Global Impact, in Washington, DC, last evening.

    The InsideNGO Excellence Awards were established in 2010 to recognize professionals within the development sector who are innovating, collaborating, and ensuring operational excellence within their organizations. Souidi’s nomination, submitted by Population Council’s Stan Mierzwa, Director of Information Technology and James Sailer, VP of Corporate Affairs, lauded his development of a breakthrough tool that collects data in refugee camps, allowing more timely, accurate, and extensive research to be conducted among the camps’ vulnerable populations. This type of tool had never been used in refugee camps previously, due to challenges such as low literacy levels and the multiple languages spoken by refugees, as well as interruptions in power and Internet services. Souidi’s tool has also been recognized by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

    “InsideNGO recognizes the value that strong operational units bring to mission-driven NGOs,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Dente of InsideNGO at the awards ceremony, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. “IT plays a critical role in the NGO community—in terms of communication, data management, and innovating new products that serve people in need. Samir Souidi, through his commitment to excellence, is contributing to our shared mission of achieving global impact in addressing some of the world’s most pressing social issues.”

    Winners were chosen from among 50 nominations submitted by InsideNGO member organizations across the US and internationally earlier this year. Nominators were asked to submit detailed recommendations explaining how their nominees demonstrated a commitment to NGO operational excellence. The other award winners recognized during the ceremony included:

    Line Kewe of Literacy Bridge in Seattle, WA, and the Programs System Unit from Pathfinder International in Watertown, MA, (tie) for Excellence in Cross Operations
    Dr. Si Thura of Community Partners International in Yangon, Myanmar, the Emerging Leader Award
    Elizabeth Atherton of Nuru International in Irvine, CA, for Excellence in Finance
    Ken Repp of Education Development Center in Waltham, MA, for Excellence in Grants & Contracts
    Bonnie Karns of International City/County Management (ICMA) in Washington, DC, for Excellence in Human Resources
    Nearly 1,100 development practitioners from 198 different organizations attended InsideNGO’s annual conference this year, making it one of the largest gatherings of professionals in the relief and development community.


    InsideNGO is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact. We provide training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help our members build their operational and management capacity. Learn more at


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Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held at New Dawn Charter High School located at 242 Hoyt Street, between Douglass and Butler in Brooklyn, New York, on the 4th Tuesday of the month unless the school is closed. All meetings start at 2:30, unless otherwise noted.

July: July 26, 2016, Time Change: 12:30 p.m.

August: August 16, 2016 (changed due to school closure), Time Change: 12:30 p.m.

September: September 29, 2016, Time Change: 1:30 p.m.

October: October 25, 2016

November: November 22, 2016

December: December 20, 2016 (changed due to holidays)

January: January 24, 2016

February: February 28, 2016

March: March 28, 2016

April: April 25, 2016

May: May 23, 2016

June: June 27, 2016

Ronald Tabano, Chair


Ronald Tabano has over 40 years experience in education beginning his work as a 6th grade teacher, moving to teaching social studies and ELA at the middle and high  school levels, eventually becoming an Assistant Principal. Following this he worked in the  community creating job opportunities for struggling adolescents and was a founding  member of both Wildcat Academy, which opened in 1992 under the NYC DOE and the first  Second Opportunity School (SOS) in the Bronx which opened in 1997.  Mr. Tabano also  started the first New Beginnings School in 1999 in Queens. He marshaled Wildcat  Academy through the charter conversion process in 2000. Today as CEO/Principal of  Wildcat, Mr. Tabano is responsible for a budget of $9.5 million and a staff of 54. 

Leslie Winter, Vice Chair


Leslie Winter is the former Executive Director of the Achilles Foundation, the Assistant Commissioner for Planning in the Division of Real Property in NYC and the Director of Real Estate Programs for NYU’s Real Estate institute.  He is involved in commercial real estate in NYC and is the chairperson or president of two economic development not-for-profits and sits on the Boards of two others.

George Crowley, CPA, Treasurer


George Crowley was the former CFO of Wildcat Services, Corp. a multi-million dollar not-for-profit until his retirement in 2005.  As part of his work there he was responsible for the filing of all paperwork for the conversion of the Wildcat Charter School from a DOE school to a charter school.  He has also been the Vice President of Finance and Operations at Laventhol & Horwath, a large, international accounting firm.  

Samir Souidi, M.S., Secretary


Samir Souidi currently works for the Population Council as a Senior Programmer and Database Developer with projects all across northern Africa. Prior to this he worked at Wildcat as the Senior Research Analyst and was involved in many aspects of the school, designing the school’s student data system, including the scheduling program for this very educationally diverse group of students. 

Darlene Anderson, Member


 Darlene A. Anderson is the CEO of Utopia Network Inc. a New York City community based nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services to the community; inclusive of economic enhancement, education, vocational, & employment opportunities, youth development, family support services, health & wellness resources and housing linkage.

Anderson is a motivational speaker, personal and professional development coach, philanthropist and author of the autobiographical empowerment book titled, “Not Without A Fight: 10 Ways To Win When It Appears You've Already Lost”.

Esosa Ogbahon, Member

Esosa Ogbahon is an experienced educator dedicated to improving the lives of children. He currently serves as the principal at Beginning with Children Charter School 2.

Philip Weitzman, Ph.D., Member