the far away brothersBy Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers (Broadway Books, May 2018)

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For the past decade, I’ve worked at a high school for immigrant students in Oakland, California. The school is a delayed mirror of world events; as people flee conflict and catastrophes the world over—from Syria, Afghanistan, Burma, Mexico, the DRC—some of the displaced inevitably make it to our school. One day in February of 2014, a co-worker introduced me to two dispirited young men: identical twins. Several months earlier, they’d left their parents and siblings behind in El Salvador, crossing through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Texas desert all on their own. Now they were terrified of being deported. (more…)

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spacemanBy Jason Sheldrake, Assistant Executive Director, Sales, National Science Teachers Association

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“How do we connect the dots between a dream and reality? Education.”
—Mike Massimino, July 12, 2018

Former NASA astronaut and Spaceman author Mike Massimino kicked off the 2018 STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), with a presentation to a packed house of STEM educators in Philadelphia, PA, this July. Twitter was on fire, which was totally appropriate given that Massimino was the first person to tweet from space! (more…)

the classBy Heather Won Tesoriero, author of The Class (Ballantine Books, September 2018)

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In the fall of 2015, I was a producer for the CBS Evening News. We were planning to do an endpiece for the show about Olivia Hallisey, a Greenwich, CT, teenager who won the Google Science Fair with her invention of a cheap, rapid test for Ebola. Since I spent my first three years out of college teaching, I raised my hand to produce the piece. I thought it would be fun to spend a day back in a high school classroom.

What I didn’t know was that returning to high school that day would change my life. I stepped into Andy Bramante’s independent science research class at Greenwich High School, and I was riveted. The class had no textbooks, tests, or curriculum. Instead, kids work on individual science research projects throughout the year with the goal of taking them out on the global science fair circuit. (more…)

evictedBy Abby MacPhail, Teacher at the United Nations International School and Organizer of the UNIS Human Rights Project

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In the summer of 2018, students in the UNIS Human Rights Project spent three intensive weeks investigating housing injustice in New York City. They traveled throughout the city to meet with tenant organizers, service providers, academics, advocates and activists working on issues related to housing and human rights. They also listened to and transcribed the stories of people living in homeless shelters, as well as of those who have been displaced, evicted and harassed by landlords in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Most importantly, they learned about the ways in which those affected by NYC’s housing crisis are organizing to make decent and affordable housing a human right. (more…)

just mercyBy Amanda Tobier, English Teacher, Bronx Lab School

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At the high school I work at in the Bronx, we started a book club for teachers last year. It is a great way to spend time with colleagues when we are more ourselves, and not always acting as an educator or administrator. As with any book club, we spend a lot of time deciding on the menu, and enjoy putting our feet up on the comfortable chairs in the school library. And sometimes, like other book clubs, we stray off topic . . .

But when we turned our attention to Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, we were immediately gripped by what we were reading. Even before our first meeting, we were emailing each other with pages that blew us away. By the time we met, we had all finished reading the book—an accomplishment for busy educators!—and we were looking forward to discussing. (more…)

In November 2017, Penguin Random House hosted members of the Science Supervisors Association of New York City for a special luncheon. The day’s programming included keynote addresses from two of our authors: Andy Weir (The Martian, Artemis) and Rachel Swaby (Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World). Click below to watch videos of their speeches. (more…)

garbologyBy Elizabeth Grimaldi, English Teacher, Cranbury School 

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Not unexpectedly, the inspection of an individual’s garbage can reveal a great deal about a person, sometimes reveal otherwise hidden secrets, or even solve a crime. The study of the garbage produced by a group of people, by any account, can also help us to draw conclusions about that society and the values it holds. This premise propels the narrative of Edward Humes’ nonfiction book entitled Garbology: Our Dirty Little Love Affair with Trash. According to Humes, if the United States does not curb its excessive consumerism, and commit to a significant reduction in trash production, the country and world will be in grave peril. (more…)