public school http://wamc.org en "Raising the Curve" by Ron Berler http://wamc.org/post/raising-curve-ron-berler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Journalist Ron </span>Berler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spent a full year at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Connecticut, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and even faculty meetings. He was there for the first day of a new school year as the school another chance to improve its failing scores on the annual statewide standardized test known as the </span>CMT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>In his new book, <em>Raising the Curve</em>, Berler introduces us to the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community. Though their school is classified as failing—like so many others across the country—they never give up on themselves or on one another. In his portrait, Berler captures their concerns, as well as their pride, resilience, and faith.</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59317 at http://wamc.org "Raising the Curve" by Ron Berler Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America http://wamc.org/post/fire-ashes-twenty-five-years-among-poorest-children-america <p>National Book Award-winning author, Jonathan Kozol, has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years and has been called “today’s most eloquent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised.”</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 48036 at http://wamc.org Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America