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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
What Chu Know Bout Queenz By
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What we have in common as New Yorkers is that we know of the local bodegas, pizzerias, subway stations, and firehouses. But, what do we know of who makes a living at these places and what they are... More > all about? When this project started I felt this would be an ample opportunity for my students to become acquainted with and get to know persons raised in, working in, and living in Queens. This is the place where, for the most part of their lives, they experience their livelihood. The students would interview a variety of people that represent the everyday citizen. These citizens help make up how Queens functions today. Who are these people? What is their story? The students were asked to gather all their interview information, edit their work, and then create s story in narrative form in order to share with the public their interviewee’s contribution to their home, a part of our city and our country: a little place known as Queens, New York. --Christina Massie, Teacher< Less
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Killing the Sky grows out of a unique collaboration between The Student Press Initiative and Horizon Academy, the Department of Correction/Department of Education high school at Rikers Island in New... More > York.< Less
Facing Memory: Student Memoirs from Bosnia By
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While countless books have been written about Bosnia-Herzegovina; its people, its politics, its culture, and its wars, the Facing Memory Project brings us the memories and perspectives of young... More > people, offering readers a glimpse at life experiences that surpass some of the more traditional, scholarly and political commentaries emerging from this volatile region.< 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
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n Killing the Sky 2, the student-inmates of Rikers Island’s high school, Horizon Academy, discover their voices and the craft of storytelling. Excavating their lives before prison, these... More > students write about lost loved-ones and friends, the allure of the streets after dark, the uproot of moving from city to city – as if describing former lives, former selves. And, each life has its gifts: a young niece to raise right, a math teacher who listened, the goal still possible. Just as these students find the courage to write beyond stigma and silence, readers will find richly human, stirring reflections.< Less
Food For Life: Bronx Oral Histories By
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Eleventh grade students and senior citizens participated in weekly icebreaker and storytelling exercises which culminated in the students interviewing and writing the seniors’ oral histories.
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
Beacon Science: Volume 2 By
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Beacon Science, modeled after scholarly journals in the field, represents self-selected topics of study for students enrolled in Senior Science Seminar at Beacon High School. After conducting lengthy... More > laboratory experiments and writing reviews of literature, students publish their findings in the annual issue of Beacon Science. Topics in this issue range from Pavlovian conditioning to the use of nicotine as an herbicide.< Less
Beacon Science: Volume 3 By
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Beacon Science, modeled after scholarly journals in the field, represents self-selected topics of study for students enrolled in Senior Science Seminar at Beacon High School. After conducting lengthy... More > laboratory experiments and writing reviews of literature, students publish their findings in the annual issue of Beacon Science.< Less