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Hands Up

Author: Oenone Crossley-Holland
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN: 1848542925
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When Oenone Crossley-Holland started teaching at an inner city school in London, she had no idea what to expect. She just knew that there was no going back. She would have one of the most challenging and overwhelming years of her life, in which she would get involved in the lives of some wonderfully - and sometimes horrifyingly - exuberant students, and find herself tested to the limit. In this colourful and moving account, Oenone tells of the lows and unexpected highs of the sharper end of teaching. Will she make it through the year? Will she make it through another day? HANDS UP! is for anyone who's ever worked in a school or thought about teaching. It also gives a very clear answer to those who still believe that those who can't, teach.

Class Dismissed

Author: Meredith Maran
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312271727
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This gripping story -a year in the lives of three high school seniors and their school-takes us deep into the hearts and minds of American teenagers, and American society, today. The seniors of Berkeley High are the white, black, Latino, Asian, and multiracial children of judges and carpenters, software consultants and garbage collectors, housewives and housekeepers. Some are Harvard bound; others are illiterate. They are the Class of 2000, and through the lives of three of them Class Dismissed brings us inside the nation's most diverse high school-where we glimpse the future of the nation. Autumn was ten when her father abandoned her family; since then she's been helping her mother raise her two little brothers and keep food on the table-while keeping her grades up so she can go to college. Her faith in God gives Autumn strength, but who will give her the money she needs when she's offered the opportunity of a lifetime? From the outside, Jordan's life looks perfect. He hangs out with the "rich white kids"; rows on the crew team, has a cool mom, applied early to an East Coast college. But Jordan's drug-addicted father died last year, leaving Jordan reeling with grief and anger that makes his life feel anything but perfect-and his future suddenly seem uncertain. A third-generation Berkeley High student, Keith is bright and popular, a talented football player who hopes to play college ball and one day, go pro. But Keith has a reading problem that threatens his NFL dream. And the Berkeley police have a problem with Keith that threatens his very freedom. Looking into the lives of these young people, in this American town, at this time in history, we see more than what's true---and what's possible--for Berkeley High. We see what's true and what's possible for America.

The Battle For Room 314

Author: Ed Boland
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 145556060X
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THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314 In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a non-profit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the appalling reality of his students' lives and a hobbled education system unable to help them: Freddy runs a drug ring for his incarcerated brother; Nee-cole is homeschooled on the subway by her brilliant homeless mother; and Byron's Ivy League dream is dashed because he is undocumented. In the end, Boland isn't hoisted on his students' shoulders and no one passes AP anything. This is no urban fairy tale of at-risk kids saved by a Hollywood hero, but a searing indictment of schools that claim to be progressive but still fail their students. Told with compassion, humor, and a keen eye, Boland's story is sure to ignite debate about the future of American education and attempts to reform it.

The Great Expectations School

Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1611450330
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Traces the author's turbulent first year working as a teacher of disadvantaged students in the Bronx, describing his difficulties with such challenges as unruly students, absent parents, and a failing administration, obstacles that placed his career choice in question and revealed formidable flaws in the educational system.

My Last Year Of Life In School

Author: Keith Manos
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781612966007
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"My Last Year of Life (in School)" could be the sentimental Goodbye, Mr. Chips or the realistic Up the Down Staircase, but it isn't. Instead, the semi-fictional My Last Year of Life (in School) is based on actual events and reveals an insider's close-up and often disturbing look at what outsiders might think is a typical suburban high school. This epistolary novel, told in a diary format, also exposes both the personal and national issues that confront American educators today. As Ethan Miller copes with school board members, students, parents, colleagues, and administrators in his own school district, he also struggles with the issues and tragedies faced by educators across the country based on news reports and website blogs from the 2012-2013 school year during his 35th and last year as an English teacher. My Last Year of Life (in School) is a poignant and enlightening story about a teacher confronting the challenges of his last year in the classroom.

Confessions Of A Bad Teacher

Author: John Owens
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402281013
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An explosive new look at the pressures on today's teachers and the pitfalls of school reform, Confessions of a Bad Teacher presents a passionate appeal to save public schools, before it's too late. When John Owens left a lucrative job to teach English at a public school in New York City's South Bronx, he thought he could do some good. Faced with a flood of struggling students, Owens devised ingenious ways to engage every last one. But as his students began to thrive under his tutelage, Owens found himself increasingly mired in a broken educational system, driven by broken statistics, finances, and administrations undermining their own support system-the teachers. The situation has gotten to the point where the phrase "Bad Teacher" is almost interchangeable with "Teacher." And Owens found himself labeled just that when the methods he saw inspiring his students didn't meet the reform mandates. With firsthand accounts from teachers across the country and tips for improving public schools, Confessions of a Bad Teacher is an eye-opening call-to-action to embrace our best educators and create real reform for our children's futures.

For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood And The Rest Of Y All Too

Author: Christopher Emdin
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807028029
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"Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education. Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in science classrooms as a young man of color, Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on and approach to teaching in urban schools. Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike--both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally"--

Educating Esm

Author: EsmŽ Raji Codell
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1565122798
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An enthusiastic first-year teacher in the Chicago public school system reveals her frustrations, achievements, and struggles to maintain her individuality in the face of incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, and weary teachers.

Relentless Pursuit

Author: Donna Foote
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307269396
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When Locke High School opened its doors in 1967, the residents of Watts celebrated it as a sign of the changes promised by Los Angeles. But four decades later, first-year Teach for America recruits Rachelle, Phillip, Hrag, and Taylor are greeted by a school that looks more like a prison, with bars, padlocks, and chains all over. With little training and experience, these four will be asked to produce academic gains in students who are among the most disadvantaged in the country. Relentless Pursuit lays bare the experiences of these four teachers to evaluate the strengths and peculiarities of Teach for America and a social reality that has become inescapable. From the Trade Paperback edition.