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DePaul University (IL) To Host Enrique’s Journey With Sonia Nazario

sonia nazarioDePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, will host Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, on Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.  Part of DePaul’s Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration, as well as the school’s second annual Summer Institute’s evening speaking event, Ms. Nazario will present on key issues in immigration and education.  She will additionally share the true story of Enrique, a Honduran boy who braved unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.  Her talk is free and open to the public.

Click here to register for the event.

Clear here to view an essay by the author.

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Jonathan Kozol’s Thoughts on “The Other America” in SLJ

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award-winning author of Savage Inequalities, Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, Amazing Grace, and his newest work, Fire in the Ashes.  He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years. Kozol recently published an article in the August edition of School Library Journal and shared his thoughts on “giving our poorest children the same opportunities as our richest.” In Fire in the Ashes, he returns to Mott Haven, the poorest section of the South Bronx,  to answer the heavy question of why some students succeed despite poverty while others were unable to prevail against the obstacles they faced.

I wanted to answer the questions many readers ask: What happened to these children? How many have survived? And, among the ones who did survive, what were the ingredients of character—and what were the opportunities provided by their schools—that made it possible for them to win some glorious and unexpected victories?

Not surprisingly, easy access to good books—and, more to the point, a plentitude of books to satisfy the curiosities and stir the latent interests of the very wide variety of children that I met—turned out to be decisive. And this, of course, is where libraries come in.

In my new book, Fire in the Ashes, I catch up with all those kids, Continue reading

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A Message from Dear Marcus Author Jerry McGill

Last year I retired from a profession that was probably the most challenging, the most frustrating, and in many ways the most rewarding profession that I’ve ever held. When I rolled my wheelchair out of my high school English classroom for the last time, I had to take a moment to recognize and honor all that I had gained from the experience. My reasons for choosing not to return to the classroom are complex and varied, but one thing is without doubt: to watch a student read, process, and discuss a work of literature is a thing of beauty.

I recall so well my freshman class’s heartfelt reactions to the suffering of young Elie Wiesel as we became immersed in the story of Night. Class discussions revolved around the cruelty of humankind and the necessity of hope, and their journals reflected just how engrossed they were in the journey. They experienced a similar reaction when the students (who were, like the school, about 92% Caucasian) Continue reading

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Spotlight on: The New Cool

Don’t miss out on Neal Bascomb’s upcoming title, The New Cool, that’s coming out in March and is already being considered by a few science and technology colleges for common reads. The book tells the story of one high school physics teacher who, along with a band of high-I.Q. students, had a vision to make science, technology, engineering, and math cool again – and along the process, inspire a different and fresh view for education and leadership all together.

The New Cool would make a great faculty read and can help teachers learn to get their students excited about technology and science – a seemingly daunting task that Bascomb brings much-needed aid to.

And who says technology can’t be cool? Earlier this month inventor Dean Kamen and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas launched the FIRST Robotics Competition 20th anniversary season with the Kickoff of a new robotics team called “LOGO MOTION.”

Check out the full article on the Kickoff here.

Also, we’re not the only ones getting excited about the release of Neal Bascomb’s book in March. Read what a FIRST mentor and a FIRST regional director have to say about The New Cool.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Selects The Other Wes Moore as FYE Pick for Fall!

Exciting news this morning: Common Reads has learned that Virginia Commonwealth University has selected The Other Wes Moore as its First Year Experience pick for this fall!

Lets not forget that Moore will also be a featured speaker at next weekend’s First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA. If you haven’t registered yet for the FYE luncheon, it’s not too late to snag the last few spots!

The Other Wes Moore is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation. It has also been adopted as common reading at Bay Path College (Springfield, MA), Cabrini College (Radnor, PA), California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA), and selected for community reading programs in Bakersfield, CA and Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR.

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Spotlight on: The Other Wes Moore

Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. The Other Wes Moore is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation.

Adopted as common reading at Bay Path College (Springfield, MA), Cabrini College (Radnor, PA) and California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA) and selected for community reading programs in Bakersfield, CA and Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR, The Other Wes Moore explores issues of identity, race and education through unique juxtaposition.

“This intriguing narrative is enlightening, encouraging, and empowering. Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy.”
—Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword

Paperback Available January 2011

Wes Moore will be a featured speaker at the Seventh Annual Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference. The conference is being held February 4-8, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. More information regarding the Author Luncheon and how to reserve your ticket is forthcoming!

 Read the book and then hear him speak! CommonReads is giving away TWO copies of The Other Wes Moore. Comment below and tell us why this book may be a good fit for your program and you will be entered to win. Offer only available to university professors and administrators, high school teachers, and librarians in the United States.

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