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Education symposium explores “Raising the Curve”

Posted 10/14/14

Raising the CurveAuthor Ron Berler spent a full year studying the culture at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn., as students, teachers and administrators struggled to turn around its failing test scores. He chronicled his findings in his acclaimed book Raising the Curve, and he will be on the Fitchburg State University campus to tell his story on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St.

The symposium, sponsored by the Fitchburg State Education Department, will also feature Brookside Principal David Hay, a 1969 Fitchburg State graduate who also worked for many years in the Leominster public schools.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For his book, Berler spent a full year at Brookside, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and faculty meetings. The book introduces readers to the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community. Though their school is classified as failing—like so many others across the country—they never give up on themselves or on one another.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Berler, a journalist that shares both his classroom observations in one community and his perspective,” said Ronald Colbert, chairman of Fitchburg State’s Education Department. “It is my hope that the book will motivate our teacher candidates and educators to pursue proven, research based methodologies and interventions that may be implemented so that all learners will become academically competent and become prepared for careers and work. Unlike some areas of education, reading instruction can be predicated on a scientific foundation.”

Praise for Raising the Curve

“In a compulsively readable and fast-paced chronicle of the lives of administrators, teachers, and students, Berler captures the deep love the teachers have for their students and the teachers’ struggles to teach to the test while hoping to instill a love of learning.” — Publisher​s Weekly

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