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Coring the Apple: The Best of New York By
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The very first SPI publication, born out of the New York City Lab School, Coring the Apple is a creative Zagat-like rating of “Best-Of” New York City. Embodying the heart of the SPI... More > philosophy-student as writer, student as expert-the expert writing of these 126 eighth graders ranges from The Best Place to be Watched because of What You’re Eating to The Best Park Bench to Quietly Finish Your Homework. Expect to be transported through as many places, moods and perspectives as there are authors.< Less
For Every Voice, a Different Truth By
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Advisories around the city—and most likely the country—are full of students and teachers who don’t necessarily have the resources to help them identify issues that are of true... More > importance to young people today. There is a need for this and the students, themselves, are in the perfect position to provide this resource. They know what they, and their peers, need and want to talk about. Their voices ought to be heard. This is the idea behind For Every Voice, A Different Truth. For an entire year, these 10th grade NYC public school students interviewed, researched and wrote a book for use in high school advisories. Call it a guide or call it a handbook, it is full of topics and issues that they determined to be relevant and, perhaps most importantly, ones that would generate much needed discussion. Their writing, as well as the questions they pose, is designed to provoke inquiry and empower individuals in classrooms to begin to talk about the issues that matter.< Less
Chalk Bored By
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Chalk Bored reflects students’ perspectives on teaching and learning in largely traditional classroom settings. After a field experience where ninth grade students assumed the role of teacher... More > in a first grade language arts classroom, students began to examine the teaching and learning process from the other side of the desk.< Less
Filling in the Blanks By
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Filling in the Blanks is a book written for new teachers and teacher educators offering the student perspective on the classroom learning experience. In it, 126 thirteen-year-olds give carefully... More > crafted reflections on what they value as learners. SPI worked with the school to assemble a panel of nine new teachers to exchange perspectives with the student-authors as they drafted.< Less
Weather to Go to School By
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Heritage High School in New York City took their classroom studies into the real world. While studying relationships between weather-related variables in science class, the students researched... More > several raw data sets based on historical atmospheric data during the school year and compared the results with school attendance data. During the process the students wrote research proposals, created graphs, and analyzed the data, finally coming to a conclusion surprisingly not in line with their original hypothesis. Based on this discovery, students crafted a proposal to their principal suggesting a change in school culture. Rain or shine, fair or foul—what keeps students from their appointed rounds?< Less
To the Threshold: Profiles of Educators By
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A Collection of Profiles of Educators Written by Graduate Students at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Profiles of Educators Series is a biannual project culminating from a Teaching of... More > Writing course taught by Erick Gordon at Teachers College, Columbia University. Graduate students in this course study the methods of teaching writing for publication by publishing themselves. This highlights the Student Press Initiative’s overall experiential learning approach to professional development: learn by doing. The work focuses upon the genre of profile writing. In end-of-the-semester reflections, many of the students name this as the most challenging and rewarding piece of writing they’ve ever done.< Less
Small Schools, Big Questions: A Student-Led Inquiry into High School Redesign By
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What does student voice mean and where should it come from? Twenty seniors, members of the first graduating class of Pablo Neruda Academy, a new small school in the Stevenson High School Campus in... More > the Bronx, New York, answered this question by investigating the small schools movement from their own unique perspective in a year-long partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University’s Student Press Initiative. In addition to doing a great deal of research and field work, the students explored this topic by communicating with leading figures in the field of urban education and school reform including academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners. The content of that communication appears inside the pages of this book, along with other artifacts of our year-long journey, each student’s culminating reflection about their experience in a new small high school, and student recommendations for the small school community at large.< Less
Writers Unblocked By
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A collection of student written profiles, Writers Unblocked offers readers a glimpse into the lives of people from all professions who identify first and foremost as writers; television producers,... More > college students, architects, magazine contributors, comedians, and editors, to name a few. Through the process of this project, students came to identify themselves as writers and part of a larger literary community. Students experimented with symbolism, metaphor and composition through the drafting and re-drafting of text and through the use of still-life photography projects—all of which are included in this masterful collection of students’ reflections on writers and writing.< Less
For Every Voice, a Different Truth [Hardcover] By
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Call it a guide, call it a handbook, For Every Voice, A Different Truth covers the issues most relevant and provocative to students today. The range of perspectives and student voices examines issues... More > such as discrimination, drugs, peer pressure, relationships, and choosing the right collage. Companion CD available. This is the idea behind For Every Voice, A Different Truth. For an entire year, these 10th grade NYC public school students interviewed, researched and wrote a book for use in high school advisories. Call it a guide or call it a handbook, it is full of topics and issues that they determined to be relevant and, perhaps most importantly, ones that would generate much needed discussion. Their writing, as well as the questions they pose, is designed to provoke inquiry and empower individuals in classrooms to begin to talk about the issues that matter.< Less
Shakes: The Bard Meets the Beat By
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The Shakes is the product of 9th grade students' exploration of social issues in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Students first entered into an in-depth analysis of the content and form of both... More > Shakespeare’s language and rap music. They went on to explore how both the Bard and rappers use devices like imagery, hyperbole, allusion, and metaphor to both entertain and critique society. Students then crafted thoughtful argumentative essays and used them to co-author verses for rap songs—a new genre of music students called Academic Rap. The result is an album that contains four songs, uniting the theaters of Elizabethan England with a classroom in Manhattan.< Less

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Left to Die Left to Die By Wes Rand
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