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
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