Authors on Stage with Ron Berler

Category: Authors on StageCategory: Speakers & Lecture Series

[April 8, 2013] –Journalist Ron Berler, author of Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools, will speak on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. His book is a fascinating, and disturbing, exposé of a year spent inside a fifth-grade classroom in one of America’s struggling schools. The fact that the school is right here in Fairfield County makes Raising the Curve even more pertinent reading.

In the fall of the 2010, Berler took his seat in a classroom in Brookside Elementary School. Thus began a year long journey observing the arduous work of teachers, administrators, education specialists and parents, in striving to provide effective education for the students. Impeding the process, and hanging like a cloud over the school, was the specter of standardized CMT tests, the results of which have far-reaching ramifications for the school and the careers of the teachers and education professionals. As Berler illustrates, this high-stakes, stressful situation is hardly an ideal academic environment for both the students and their anxious teachers and administrators.

The son of a teacher, and now married to a teacher, Ron Berler has devoted much of his career to writing and reporting on youth issues. He wrote a weekly kids’ issues column for the Chicago Tribune; served as editor-in-chief of NBA Inside Stuff, a pro-basketball magazine for teens; and wrote about youth sports injuries for The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of a children’s book, The Super Book of Baseball, and the editor of Rising Stars: The 10 Best Young Players in the NBA. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Wired, Men’s Journal, and ESPN.com, among other publications.

This event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books.