All are invited to attend an author talk and book signing featuring David Greene on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 2-4 pm. Mr. Greene will be speaking about his new book “Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks.” This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
Who controls today’s conversation about what education should be in the classroom? Bill Gates? Where are the voices of the thousands of talented and beloved teachers whose classrooms should be models of what works regardless of the socioeconomic environment they are located? In “Doing The Right Thing – A Teacher Speaks,” experienced educator David Greene gives the concerned public what it needs: an awareness of the issues in education… from a teacher’s perspective.
David Greene was born in Los Angeles but was raised in what is now called the south Bronx. He went to public schools in the Bronx, including The Bronx High School Of Science. After graduating from Fordham University’s Undergraduate School of Education he went on to teach social studies and coach football at A.E. Stevenson HS in the Bronx, Woodlands HS in Greenburgh NY, and Scarsdale HS in Scarsdale NY, for 38 years. He was an adjunct and field supervisor for Fordham University thus mentoring Teach For America Corps Members in the Bronx. He is a staff member of WISE Services and treasurer of Save Our Schools.
He has appeared three times on Bronx Talk with Gary Axelbank. His blog posts have appeared in Anthony Cody’s Living In Dialogue as well as Diane Ravitch’s. His work has appeared in Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post web-based column, The Answer Sheet. He wrote the most responded-to Sunday Dialogue letter in the New York Times entitled, “A Talent For Teaching,” May 4, 2013. Most recently, he has been featured in two Gannett Company Lo-Hud newspaper articles and blogs regarding education reform.
This book is a result of his experiences and his strong desire to pay forward what he has learned over the years. He continues to fight for public schools.
David Greene has written an honest and courageous book that tells the truth about teaching today. Those who teach, those who want to teach, and those who appreciate good teachers will enjoy reading it.
– Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of The Great American School System and Reign Of Error.
Dave Greene unravels education reform with the sharp eye of a lifelong educator. And from the threads of his own experiences he weaves a guide for anyone who wants to understand what makes a classroom work. Greene has worked in tough schools and knows what works. His experiences as a mentor for Teach For America corps members are revealing. School reform would look very different if we listened to real experts like Dave Greene.
– Anthony Cody, author, Living in Dialogue blog, Education Week
Dave Greene’s book slams educational policy gone awry with boots-on-the-ground realism. He captures the reader from the onset with page-turning directness, gripping exemplars, clarity mixed with his unabashed writing style that holds nothing back, rich description and research, that blends data with his lifelong experiences in education. This book is a powerful read. Dave challenges the rhetoric on educational policy and debunks reform measures that tout testing, alternative pathways to the classroom, particularly, Teach For America, and a business model and comes off as a blend of investigative reporter, seasoned academic, and outraged citizen.
-Dr. Barbara Torre Veltri, Assistant Professor Northern Arizona University, Recipient of 2011 Research and Creative Activity Award: “Most Significant Scholarly Work” from Northern Arizona University For the book: Learning on Other People’s Kids: Becoming a Teach For America Teacher (Information Age Publishers, 2010).
This event is brought to you by Oneonta Area for Public Education in collaboration with the Oneonta Teachers Association.