The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School

The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School


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ISBN-13: 9781455560615
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 704,360
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ed Boland has dedicated his entire professional life to nonprofit causes as a fundraiser and communications expert. He has worked for predominantly educational institutions but also for arts and social service organizations. Boland was an Admissions Officer at his alma mater, Fordham, and later at Yale, and lived in China as a Princeton in Asia Fellow. He is now a senior administrator at the nation's premier educational access program, which places gifted students of color at leading private schools. He lives in New York with his husband.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Chantay 1

Chapter 1 The Good Ol' Days 5

Chapter 2 Best Practices 17

Chapter 3 Nemesis 42

Chapter 4 Nowhere Over the Rainbow 55

Chapter 5 Powers of Ten 74

Chapter 6 Sweet Jesús 87

Chapter 7 Lord Byron 100

Chapter 8 Free Freddy! 116

Chapter 9 My Funny Valentina 128

Chapter 10 Old School 143

Chapter 11 Lil' Mickey, A Disciple of Soul 150

Chapter 12 The Ivy Curtain 164

Chapter 13 Massacre of the Innocents 182

Chapter 14 Point of No Return 193

Chapter 15 Pomp and Circumstance 207

Epilogue: A Message to Charles 220

Acknowledgments 240

About the Author 243

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who teaches at an alternative high school, I was hoping to read more about impressions and difficulties of reaching these students rather than seemingly constant focus on the author's sexual orientation. He's gay; let's move on and talk about the kids who are raised by wolves and what we, as a society, can do to help them. He does point out, as many of us believe, that our schools are failing these kids. But the larger question: How do we recognize them early and help them learn and become productive members of society? I liked the book and would recommend it to others. The author does an excellent job of capturing dialogue. And he definitely shows the problems confronted by every first year teacher, whether they are gay or anything else that still seems to get attention ....