Tony Danza

Dear Teachers,

Here is my little note of encouragement as you are either returning to yet another school year or beginning your teaching career. I wish you all the best year of your students’ lives—I know that’s what you all wish for. The truth is, though, that this is a tough time for teachers and it’s gotten tougher since I taught for one year at Northeast High in Philadelphia in 2010. I’m back there often and I was just there for commencement where six hundred kids graduated. The day was electric! That’s the good news. The bad news is that, the night before, there was a retirement party for thirty-four of the school’s teachers. Their overriding reason for leaving was the contract they’d been offered by the district. Being a teacher was never about getting rich, but the continuing pay cuts and further givebacks proved to be a tipping point for them. It’s too bad that teachers, after years of service, are forced to decide when to leave based on any issue other than that they are ready to stop doing what they love. No reflection on a job and career done well, just a pragmatic decision about money. To many teachers, this is the final indignity. There were tears. (more…)

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On Friday, June 29th, Random House hosted its Fourth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators in its midtown NYC headquarters. The event was attended by 200+ K-12 educators, school librarians, and college professors/administrators.  A PDF of the event program may be viewed here.

We are happy to announce that photos and video from the event is now available for all to view.  Event photos may be found on the Random House High School Facebook page and video may be found on the Random House Library YouTube channel.

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured speakers with links to video of their talks (in order of presentation):

Robert Pondiscio (Video Part 1 | Part 2), VP of Core Knowledge® Foundation, on the Common Core State Standards

Susan Cain (Video Part 1 | Part 2), author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Crown)

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (Video), author of When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir (Dial Press Trade Paperbacks)

Sam Bracken (Video), co-author of My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change (Crown Archetype)

Darin Strauss (Audio Clip | Video from FYE® Conference), author of Half a Life: A Memoir (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

Julie Otsuka (Video), author of The Buddha in the Attic: A Novel (Anchor)

Matt de la Peña (Video), author of Mexican WhiteBoy: A Novel (Ember)

Not Quite Adults by Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray

by Richard Settersten, co-author of Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone (Bantam, 2010)

One of the inescapable burdens of being an educator relates to this simple truth: We grow older, but our students are forever young. Yet, as new students file into our classrooms each year, we’re aware of a complementary truth: Just because our students are always young doesn’t mean they’re always the same. Recent years have brought a seismic shift in the kinds of students we face.

Anchored in nearly a decade of collaborative research conducted by an interdisciplinary team of scientists assembled by the MacArthur Foundation (myself included), Not Quite Adults provides an intimate look at today’s young people.

Writing this book with my co-author, Barbara Ray, has changed how I teach and relate to my college students. Here are a few lessons that will be helpful for high school teachers, too: (more…)