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Author Asquith, Christina.

Title The emergency teacher : the inspirational story of a new teacher in an inner-city school / Christina Asquith ; foreword by Mark Bowden ; introduction by Harry K. Wong.

Publication Info. New York : Skyhorse Pub., [2007]
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Contents Julia de Burgos : a short history -- They'll take anyone -- The first days of school -- Bilingual education -- The badlands -- The two percent factor -- The new teacher exodus -- The pedagogical society -- Special education -- Rebuilding my classroom -- Visiting Villanova -- The principal -- Changing grades -- Arsons -- Rally -- The toughest students -- Goodbye -- Eighth-grade graduation day.
Summary Christina Asquith presents a moving first-hand account of her year teaching in one of Philadelphia's worst schools. Told with striking humor and honesty, her story begins when the School District of Philadelphia, in desperate need of 1,500 new teachers, instituted a policy of hiring emergency certified instructors. Asquith, then a 25-year-old reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined their untrained ranks. More challenging than her classroom in the crime-infested neighborhood known as the Badlands are the trials she faced outside, including a corrupt principal, the politics that prevented a million-dollar grant from reaching her students, and the administration's shocking insistence that teachers maintain the appearance of success in the face of utter defeat?even if it means falsifying test scores. Her story will inspire, educate, and entertain.
Subject First year teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Classroom management -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Middle school teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Middle schools -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Schools -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Educators.
Classroom management. (OCoLC)fst00863730
First year teachers. (OCoLC)fst00925790
Middle school teachers. (OCoLC)fst01020546
Middle schools. (OCoLC)fst01020553
Schools. (OCoLC)fst01107958
Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia. (OCoLC)fst01204170
Other Form: Print version: Asquith, Christina. Emergency teacher. New York : Skyhorse Pub., ©2007 9781602391932 (DLC) 2007028967 (OCoLC)157022793
ISBN 9781628733129 (electronic bk.)
1628733128 (electronic bk.)
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