The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World

The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World

by Nadia Lopez, Rebecca Paley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101980255
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,303,494
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nadia Lopez is the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a model for quality education that includes a safe, nurturing, and innovative learning environment. Since being featured on Humans of New York in February of 2015, she has been profiled in countless national media outlets, has been invited to speak at Harvard, and was invited to the White House, and delivered a TED Talk on the “Revolution of Education.” She is the recipient of the 2015 Black Girls Rock Change Agent Award and the 2015 Barnard College Medal of Distinction Awardee.

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Sitting at my desk, I contemplated all the paperwork that had piled up since my school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, was thrust into the spotlight a few months before. A small public middle school in one of the poorest and most underserved neighborhoods of Brooklyn was an unlikely candidate for an international press sensation. But ever since one of my boys brought attention to Mott Hall through a comment he made on the popular blog Humans of New York, ordinary people around the world had been captivated by what I was trying to do— which was simply to take care of kids everyone else seemed to want to forget.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 The Vision 1

2 The Teachers 19

3 The Scholars 57

4 The Parents 93

5 Connected to Succeed 121

6 Expanding Horizons 153

7 The Struggle of Leadership 187

8 Praise for Humans 207

9 Never Give Up 237

Acknowledgments 265

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