Only on Teachers Pay Teachers: Read the first four chapters of ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS: A NOVEL, which captures teaching with insight, humor and heart. (Like the TV show "The Office," but set in an urban high school.)
This perspective-hopping debut follows teachers at an urban high school as their professional lives impact their personal lives and vice versa.
Each year brings familiar educational challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one of Texas's bigger cities. But the school’s teachers face plenty of challenges of their own. English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet with a deep love for her roots, can never seem to satisfy her students that she’s for real. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, yet tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress: namely, Lena. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she blocks out problems whose solutions aren’t so clear, while Coach Ray hustles his football team toward another winning season, at least on the field. Recording it all is idealistic history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose blog gains new readers by the day but drifts ever further from her in-class reality.
And this year, a new celebrity superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down. The fallout will shake up the teachers’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.
Advance Praise for Adequate Yearly Progress
“Roxanna Elden is not only a smart and funny storyteller, but she’s the kind of writer who takes us inside her characters, and makes us feel the struggles that animate the teaching mission. . .This is a comic novel, but Elden, like all great writers, uses humor to make us see the humanity of her people. A gem.” — Steve Almond, author of Bad Stories
“Adequate Yearly Progress is a brilliant portrayal of our public education institutions and the systemic issues that affect students and teachers alike. Roxanna Elden's spot-on observations, penetrating humor, and deeply-felt characters make for an immersive story that is as fun to read as it is enlightening."
-Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home
“. . . compelling characters and irresistible plot threads. . . To read Adequate Yearly Progress is to bathe in a world of humanity that won’t soon be forgotten.”
-Jacinda Townsend, author of Saint Monkey
“Roxanna Elden is one of the most practical, engaging and entertaining writers on education issues around.”
—Larry Ferlazzo, Education Week
"One of the best education books I've read in years."
-Alexander Russo, The Grade