Thursday, November 10, 2005

Today Is Get Your Copy Of Our School Day!

Joanne Jacobs' new book, Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the School That Beat the Odds (published by Palgrave Macmillan) is now out, hot off the presses, and will soon be ready for delivery. Folks from around the EduSphere are helping to get the word out in order to raise Joanne's "Amazon Number" as high as possible, with all copies ordered today helping to support that effort.

Here are some of Joanne's thoughts about her book:
Our School tells the story of a San Jose charter school that prepares students who are “failing but not in jail” for four-year colleges.

It really is an inspiring story. The average Downtown College Prep student comes from a Mexican immigrant family and enters ninth grade reading at a fifth grade level; 100 percent of graduates have been accepted at four-year colleges and 97 percent are on track to earn a bachelor's degree. DCP now scores well above the state average on the Academic Performance Index, ranking in the top third compared to all high schools, including affluent suburban schools. DCP follows what I call the work-your-butt-off philosophy of education. Its leaders analyze what's not working, adapt quickly and waste no time on esteem inflation or excuses.
We ordered our copy some time ago, but with the holidays just around the corner, we'll get another today. I've a cousin in South Carolina who will soon begin her teaching career and this will make an ideal gift.

Get your copy from right here for the low price of only $16.95.
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