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Born to rise : a story of children and teachers reaching their highest potential

by Kenny, Deborah.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 371.01 KEN 2012
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  371.01 KEN 2012

"Parents and principals trying to understand what makes successful schools work ought to read Born to Rise." -- New York Times

The inspiring account of Deborah Kenny's pursuit of social justice for our nation's most vulnerable children. Part memoir, part manifesto, it is a hopeful and practical exposition of what it takes to transform schools and create organizations where the staff lights up with entrepreneurial drive.

Students enter Harlem Village Academies, the network of charter schools Kenny founded, several years behind grade level, but in just a few years they are transformed, ranking among the highest in the nation. How did they do it? For the first time, Kenny reveals the secret to creating a powerful workplace culture that attracts the most talented people and brings out their passion and highest performance--a culture that produces stunning student achievement results and teachers who regularly use words like "magical" to describe the workplace environment. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about children and the future of this country and for leaders who want to inspire fierce dedication in their employees.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kenny has been a freethinker since adolescence, when she eschewed the regular path to success of a career in law or medicine. She was more intrigued by a search for ideals. When her husband died of leukemia, she was left to raise their three children, but she took the risk of leaving her corporate job and its security to invest in creating a charter school in Harlem. The idea was to offer children from disadvantaged backgrounds the same quality of education as privileged children in the suburbs. Kenny offers an inspiring account of the long, hard journey to develop the Harlem Village Academies, whose students are among the highest-achieving in the nation. She chronicles the 10 years it took to fully develop the school, from the early machinations to secure charters from the state of New York to the search for dedicated staff and parents looking for the best opportunities for their children to finding funders interested in investing in a model to redesign the U.S. school system. This inspiring book is part memoir and part blueprint for education reform.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "One woman's tragedy turns into triumph for hundreds of Harlem schoolchildren in Kenny's personal and professional memoir of founding the Harlem Village Academies, a successful group of charter schools that serve some of New York City's neediest students. After losing her husband, an exemplary man she considered to be "born to a higher purpose," to leukemia, Kenny sought-and found-her own purpose by creating a set of phenomenal inner-city schools where teachers could be treated like true professionals, banking on her belief that "a focus on talent is the one thing that will fix public education in America." Inspired by educators and reformers such as Jonathan Kozol and Geoffrey Canada, Kenny wanted to create schools that would give all students access to the sorts of educational privileges she and her own children had known. Though the pace slows as Kenny flounders to discern her vision and spends long months working on planning and funding for the schools, the anecdotes of successful teachers (Kenny's "rock stars") at work and students whose lives were truly turned around by her work prove persuasive and uplifting. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Kenny, Deborah.
Harlem Village Academies (New York, N. Y.)
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Charter schools -- New York (State) -- New York.
Public schools -- New York (State) -- New York.
Poor children -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York :Harper,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062106209 (hbk.) :
0062106201 (hbk.)
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