Born to Rise by Deborah Kenny
A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential

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Born to Rise is the inspiring account of Deborah Kenny’s pursuit of social justice for our nation’s most vulnerable children. Students enter Harlem Village Academies, the network of charter schools Kenny founded, several years behind grade level, but in just a few years they are transformed, ranking among the highest in the nation. How did they do it? For the first time, Kenny 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. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about children and the future of this country and for leaders who want to inspire fierce dedication in their employees.

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Dr. Deborah Kenny is widely regarded as one of the most influential education entrepreneurs in the country. Oprah chose Kenny as one of the nation's most powerful women, calling her a "visionary educator" and Esquire named her one of the country's "Best and Brightest." Kenny is the founder and CEO of Harlem Village Academies, hailed by President George W. Bush as "a national model of excellence" and by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as "the poster child for this country." In a recent issue of Forbes, Steve Forbes commented that Kenny is "setting the gold standard for public education in this country," Katie Couric stated that Kenny "is leading a revolution in education," Kenny is a highly respected authority on public education and is featured regularly in major media, including the NBC Nightly News, FOX News, the CBS Evening News, NPR, Morning Joe, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, The Economist, and many more. Kenny holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in comparative international education, and has held executive positions at Parenting and Sesame Street.
Published June 5, 2012 by Harper. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Although many of the students are lagging below the norm in reading and other subjects, a high percentage of them have shown marked improvement as Kenny's charter schools have refined teaching and learning techniques.

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One woman’s tragedy turns into triumph for hundreds of Harlem schoolchildren in Kenny’s personal and professional memoir of founding the Harlem Village Academies, a successful group of charter schools that serve some of New York City’s neediest students.

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Kenny is Founder and CEO of the successful network of public charter schools known as Harlem Village Academies.

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