Our Mosaics: Stories of Community, Culture, and Self
Personal Narratives from the 4th and 5th grade students at New York City's PS 175, PS 154, PS 115, PS 161
A collaboration between the... More > Office of School and Community Partnerships and the Student Press Initiative at Teachers College Columbia University.
This mosaic of stories offers the creative and real life experiences of fourth and fifth graders from four schools in the Harlem area of New York City. The writers of these stories are young and vibrant and with their words they transport us to a place inside ourselves—a place where we can see the world we traverse through their inquisitive and sincere eyes. This view they share with us allows us to set aside our burdens for a while and see only the beauty and joy they offer, and in doing so these young writers bind us together to form a rich humanity that is present in all of us.< Less
Speaking Worlds 4 is the latest installment of an ambitious collaborative literacy project between three schools within New York City’s GED Plus program and Teachers College Columbia... More > University’s Student Press Initiative (SPI). Exploring this book, you will find compelling stories from students writing informed personal essays ranging from critical pieces on media, to personal essays centered on the conflicts of change and immigration. These students worked for more than two months in collaboration with SPI educators and GED Plus teachers to explore their stories in context with the world, to situate themselves within the world, and select one of their stories to focus on for publication. They dove deeply into the writer’s process of drafting and expanding their work, reading and analyzing texts, and editing and honing their words into the poignant essays you see in this powerful anthology.< Less
This is Where I Need to Be: Oral Histories of Muslim Youth in NYC is a groundbreaking collection of oral history narratives from the lives of ordinary Muslim youth as told by Muslim youth. Trained in... More > the methods of oral history at Teachers College, Columbia University, a dozen Muslim teenagers set out to document stories from the real-life experiences and feelings of their Muslim peers in public high schools. The result is an amazing collection of twenty-three oral histories. These are voices of teenagers living ordinary lives at a time when being Muslim in America can provoke "extraordinary" reactions from classmates and teachers, from friends and strangers, or even from one's own family and kin. Whatever you think you know about Muslims in America, these stories rise above news-cycle stereotypes and open a personal window onto what it means to be young and Muslim.< Less