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Explore the life-changing journey that is teaching on the edge of transformation in New Orleans urban schools.

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TEACHING ON THE EDGE is a bound first-person narrative collection of my observations on what it means to be an ethical educator in an urban turnaround school.

Who is this book for? Teachers, parents, social justice supporters -- anyone with a heart that beats. There are certainly teaching 'how-to's' in the book, but they are transferable to anyone who deals with people, hopes to make daily tasks more productive or is looking for ways to be positively motivated. 

Why a print version of the book? Because I'm a teacher. I LOVE books! Holding them in my hands. Turning the pages. Annotating. Adding post-its. And .... that new book smell!

Teaching on the Edge: One teacher’s life-changing journey from a Canadian classroom to teaching on the edge of transformation in New Orleans urban schools.

My project is a relatively straightforward one. I have taken my professional observations and personal journal entries from my educational experiences (the challenging ones and the inspiring ones!) and turned them into a book—a collection of thoughts, ideas and professional and personal growth mindset strategies.

Since relocating to, and becoming a teacher in a turnaround public school in New Orleans in 2012, I’ve written hundreds of reflections, self-affirmations and strategies —all with the same focus: You can make a difference. You can change the trajectory of a life. Your efforts matter. Never give up.

The truth: It is HARD work. Some days are so emotionally and physically draining that I cry as I drive home. Many times a day I stop, take a deep breath and blow it out to keep myself anchored.  Most days end with a collapse into bed -- exhausted. It is HARD work, yes, but it is important work. It is social justice work.

It is also tremendously rewarding work. There are those days -- those magical days -- when a child covers her face with her hands, sobbing. Not because she is sad, but because she just passed a reading assessment that brings her to grade level -- a place she never thought she would be. And those cherished days when a child who has pushed back so hard all year writes a small note that says "I know you push me so hard because you care about me." Those days are golden.

Those days are why I wrote this book.

Why "Teaching on the Edge"? The phrase "on the edge" carries with it so many connotations -- many of them negative. People who are "on edge" are considered to be nervous or unstable. Ideas that are unusual or make us uncomfortable are often described as being "edgy". But it is precisely that push into discomfort that allows us to grow and to rethink how and why we do what we do.

Everywhere I go, people ask me why I choose to teach in one of the most challenging environments possible. I'm a veteran teacher and could have my pick of predictable, safe classrooms. (And I'm not getting any younger!) My short answer is always the same: Why wouldn't I?

It is hands down THE most important teaching I have ever done. 

It's this overwhelming curiosity -- from those I know well and those I have just met -- that has inspired me to publish this book.

But I need backers to do it.

So I'm looking to you good people out there to support the concept of Teaching on the Edge and to help me fund my project. 

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I've opted to self-publish my book. I want to maintain total creative control over my content and marketing and I want get books in peoples' hands as quickly as possible. The best and most cost-effective way to do this is via on-demand publishing.

My achievement plan:

With the help of KICKSTARTER, I hope to raise a minimum of $5,000 to cover the costs associated with editing, designing, and producing the physical book.

1. DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Costs:
1-5 manuscript pages/hour for a manuscript page that’s 250 words, according to the Editorial Freelancers Association.
$45-65/hour based on the experience of the editor
35,000/250 = 140 pages
140 pages /5 pages per hour = 28 hours
Low end is 28 x $45 = $1,260
High end is = $1,820

2. COPYEDITING

Costs:
2-10 manuscript pages/hour
$25-50/hour based on the experience of the editor
Low end: $350
High end: $2,000 (if it needs a lot of work -- which it shouldn't)

3. COVER DESIGN. YES, BOOKS ARE JUDGED BY THEIR COVERS.

Costs:

Low end: $150
High end: $3,500

4. FORMATTING FOR PRINT AND AND DIGITAL CONVERSION

The costs will usually be $200 for a text book that’s less than 400 pages.

5. GETTING AN ISBN

Costs:
$125 for one ISBN

If I'm fortunate enough to surpass my funding goal, any additional proceeds will be invested in subsequent print runs and social media outreach and support.

The manuscript itself is complete. To still be completed: editing, interior book & cover design, the e-book conversion, and the printing.

Every pledge counts—no matter the dollar amount. It's because of supporters like you that this opportunity even exists.

Thank you so much for your support and for supporting Teaching on the Edge.

FAQ

  • I wrote this book because I write down thoughts, observations and ideas about how to become a more excellent teacher every day. It's always been a part of my reflective practice. I hope that this book contributes a sense of perspective to those who read it. I have worked with teachers who are passionate and those who are counting the years until retirement. I have been a union and non-union teacher. I have taught in Canada, where there is a social safety net and in the US, where none exists. I have had the rare opportunity to be an anthropological teacher, if you will. Yet, no matter where you go, children are children and they are wonderful and so curious. School culture and whether or how it is built is another area that intrigues me. The content of the book never cites specific people or schools, but rather what goes on within my own head and heart as I continue to grow as an educator and a human being. These were excellent questions! I hope this clarifies the project for you.

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