Deborah Kenny comes to the Good Day Book Club to talk about Born to Rise: A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential.
FROM THE PUBLISHER: In BORN TO RISE (Harper) Kenny shares her inspiring personal story and her powerful manifesto for change. Her teachers light up with entrepreneurial drive and regularly use words like "magical" to describe their workplace environment-they are so passionate, that they inspire their students to perform at the highest level. Like the students at Harlem Village Academies, any child can become an independent thinker and learn to live a meaningful life.
BORN TO RISE recounts a journey that led Kenny to open schools in Harlem while proving that all children regardless of socioeconomic circumstances can learn at high levels. How do they do it? Now, for the first time, Kenny shares the groundbreaking strategy that took ten years to develop. She reveals the secret to creating a powerful workplace culture that attracts the most talented people and brings out their passion and highest performance-a culture that produces stunning student achievement results and teachers who regularly use words like "magical" to describe the workplace environment. Part memoir, part manifesto, it is a must read for anyone who cares about children and the future of this country.
Deborah Kenny is widely regarded as one of the most influential education leaders in the country. She is the founder and CEO of Harlem Village Academies, a network of high performing public charter schools in Harlem, New York. Kenny has been featured in national media including The New York Times, Business Week, The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, FOX News and NPR. She was named on Oprah's 2010 Power List and recognized as one of Esquire's Best and Brightest."
Kenny holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in comparative international education and has held executive positions at Time Warner and Sesame Street.