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This is a true story of a child in an urban educational setting, taken directly from my experiences working in a low socio-economic, high-poverty Pittsburgh city school of six, seventh, and eighth graders. Although my experiences were nothing new, I knew I had to tell the story and start a dialogue among educators and teachers living it daily.
My book serves as a roadmap for teachers and administrators to begin addressing the problems and challenges of the broken urban educational system so they can begin making meaningful changes.
We know from past experiences that the solution to the broken urban educational setting is not money and that the solution is not going to come from the top. Instead, it must be addressed at the ground level—with the teachers and administrators. We are the link between the children and everyone else; therefore, we are the ones who can make a difference for these children.
I encourage teachers and administrators to use this book as a springboard for meaningful discussions that will hopefully lead to significant changes in the way we approach education for the urban child.
Leading Through Troubled Waters is a new style of storytelling that explores new and innovative approaches to learning, reading, and understanding.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.