News on present and past Spencer Fellows

Greg Toppo 2010-2011: Toppo’s book,The Game Believes in You: How  Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter , is schedule for publication by Palgrave/MacMillan on April 21, 2015. “An exciting overview of how innovative teachers are harnessing the power of games to engage students,” Library Journal.

Elizabeth Green, 2009-2010 and Dana Goldstein, 2010-2011: Both their books were selected by the New York Times among the 100 Most Notable Books of 2014. Green’s Building a Better Teacher, and Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2014.html

Liz Bowie 2012-2013 : Her investigation of Maryland’s Advanced Placement test expansion was published in the Baltimore Sun, October, 2013. Liz discovered after a year of research that the tests’ promise to prepare more and more low-income children for college had has mixed results.

Heather Vogell, 2012-2013: Her investigation into standardized test score errors ran in the Atlantic Journal Constitution, September 2013. Heather spent a year uncovering company scoring mistakes that jeopardized test results state by state.

Trey Kay 2011-2012: His radio documentary, “The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom,” aired on Austin Public Radio KUT October, 2013, followed by other radio stations across the country.

Alexander Russo 2008-2009: Jossey-Bass published Alexander Russo’s book, Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors, Fighting for the Soul of America’s Toughest High School,” to favorable reviews. This nonfiction narrative lays out the efforts of Green Dot, an education company, to reform the failing Locke High School in South Central Los Angeles. Review by Jay Mathews, Washington Post.

Peg Tyre 2009-2010: On August 16, Henry Holt is set to publish The Good School: How To Get The Children We Love The Education They Deserve, Tyre’s book aimed at Pre-K through 8th grade parents that synthesizes what the research tells us about good education. David Denby of the New Yorker called it a “tough-minded, critical, informed and very helpful and even hopeful map through the maze and miasma of school choice.”

Dana Goldstein 2010-2011: The Test Generation, American Prospect Magazine, April 11, 2011. What happens in the classroom when a state begins to evaluate all teachers, at every grade level, based on how well they “grow” their students’ test scores? Colorado is about to find out.

Dana signed a contract with Doubleday in 2012 to publish here Spencer book project, The Teaching Wars: A Political History of America’s Most Controversial Profession. The book looks at the politicization of the public school classroom over time, from the nineteenth century through the present day, and examines how teachers have found themselves at the center of debates about patriotism, poverty, race, and class.

Sarah Garland 2009-2010: Beacon Press will publish her book, Divided We Fail: the Fight for Equal Schools in the Post-Desegregation Era.” Sarah, who currently writes for the Hechinger Report, developed her book project as a Spencer Fellow.

Nancy Solomon 2008-2009: In January, 2011, Nancy’s newest public radio documentary “Transportation Nation” aired on NPR, WNYC, and other affiliates around the country. The one-hour documentary explores Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality.

Sarah Carr 2010-2011: “Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children,” Sarah’s book that focuses on New Orleans will explore the impact of the charter concept on the national education reform scene. It will be published by Bloomsbury.

Elizabeth Green 2009-2010: Building a Better Teacher,” a book based on the New York Times cover story by the same name, is about the new research on teacher effectiveness. It will be published by Norton.