Deborah Kenny was a young mother of three small children seeking to make sense of her life amid the despair of her husband's untimely death when she decided to devote herself to radically reinventing public education. Born to Rise recounts a journey that led Kenny to risk her life savings to open schools in Harlem while proving that all children, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances, can learn at high levels. Students enter Harlem Village Academies several years behind grade level, but in just a few years they are transformed, ranking among the highest in the nation—with 99 percent of eighth graders meeting proficiency standards in math, science, and social studies.
How do they do it?
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 and teachers who regularly use words like magical to describe the workplace environment.
Born to Rise is the moving and strikingly candid account of Kenny's deeply personal dream: to pursue social justice for our nation's most vulnerable children. Part memoir, part manifesto, it is a hopeful and practical exposition of what it takes to transform schools and create organizations where the staff lights up with entrepreneurial drive. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about children and the future of this country, as well as for leaders who want to motivate and inspire fierce dedication in their employees.
Inspiring read on how one person can affect so much change. Education reform is the civil rights issue of our generation.Published 8 months ago by Franklin
A must read for every educator in the world! No doubt the best approach to student achievement....Invest in Teachers. Hire hard, manage light.Published 9 months ago by K. Smith
This was a great read. Amazing story of accomplishment. I would love to meet this lady because she has really done something amazing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robyn Clark
The sad but simple truth is that Dr. Kenny is not motivated by helping the students at HVA but, rather, her staggering narcissism. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mirage
A wonderful story. I read it in three days. I admire your strength and passion for your children. You are truly an amazing woman. Keep up your great work and may God Bless You.Published 12 months ago by Melissa Matecko
This is a book for people who want to teach other people. It may be difficult for some to understand the difference between teaching a subject and teaching a student. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Terry
Have recommended it to all the teachers at the public school in which I work. Teacher's have the answers, listen!Published 13 months ago by melissa
Deborah Kenny's Born to Rise will reignite your passion for teaching and for the education of every child! It is a must read for every teacher, principal, and school system.Published 14 months ago by Tara Sophie
This was a very inspiring story. It's great to see someone work hard to try and make a change in this crazy educational system we have!Published 14 months ago by Rhonda