Hal Foster and Megan Nosol speak boldly about not only the inequalities that exist in America's schools but also of strategies that give those kids the rich education we want for all students - the rich education each student deserves. - Kylene Beers
Author of When Kids Can't Read - What Teachers Can Do
Do you teach in a forgotten high school? Where students are limited by poverty, the facilities are in dire need of repair, and the district has declared an academic emergency but doesn't know how to remedy the situation?
Harold Foster and Megan Nosol have taught - successfully - in forgotten schools. In America's Unseen Kids they reject stereotypes of urban students and schools and focus on new ways to reach out to teens in the English/language arts classroom. Foster and Nosol know from experience that students will rise to the challenge of higher expectations when you strengthen your relationships with them. Their strategies will help you:
involve students in their learning by making it personal
get students to raise their own expectations by setting yours higher and reinforcing them
drive growthin reading and writing by making them explicit and repeatable
use student interests to support learning by connecting school life to real life
meet all students' needs through flexible teaching.
No matter how tough your school is, America's Unseen Kids will inspire and empower you to help students imagine new possibilities and realize them. Read it today because your school may be forgotten, but your students will always remember the heights you helped them reach.
Harold M. Foster is the coauthor of the Heinemann title America's Unseen Kids (2008). A Distinguished Professor of English Education and Literacy at the University of Akron, Halis also the author of Crossing Over: Teaching Meaning Centered English/ Language Arts (2002). He has presented workshops throughout the country and is codirector of the project described in America's Unseen Kids, a ten-year-old high school program involving at-risk kids.
Megan Nosol is the coauthor of America's Unseen Kids and its voice of for a new generation of English teachers. She recently received her master's degree and her bachelor's with honors from the University of Akron and now teaches English at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.