Testimonials for SPI
Sheridan Blau, Former President, National Council of Teachers of English
"SPI is remarkable in its ability to inspire teachers as leaders and to develop students as real writers in the world."
Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author
"Wonderful, heartbreaking, hilarious, beautiful and so very alive. This is a treasure box of what is best in us."
John Browne, retired public school teacher
"SPI is the greatest thing I've seen come along in the 40 years of my teaching life!"
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Brooklyn 57th Assembly District
"I commend the Student Press Initiative on the preparation of a new generation of journalists and bold, independent thinkers."
Angela Pruitt, Assistant Principal, Brooklyn Preparatory High School
"SPI's presence in our ninth grade class has expanded our vision and validated our belief in the importance of authentic student writing."
Rita Williams Garcia, author
"The writing's on the wall. These talented, ironic student voices explode and set the pages on fire. Their emerging voices of truth, pain, and triumph are to be heard, cheered, but not denied. Hear them."
Senator Charles Schumer
"I wholeheartedly join with Teachers College in its commitment to seeing the Student Press Initiative succeed. Its growth potential and its centrality to the College's mission - to provide creative professional development models for teachers throughout the New York City public school system - make it among the College's highest priorities."
Jacqueline Ancess, Co-director, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, & Teaching
"A testament to teacher collaboration, to professional freedom, and the understanding that teaching is a constructivist act. Such rigorous and authentic work is rare."
Meriam Lobel, curator and oral historian, Tribute WTC Visitor Center
"This project gives students an opportunity to engage with people outside their communities, and to discover that individuals have very different experiences of historical events."
Susan D'Elia, English Teacher, Manchester Regional high School, Haledon, NJ
"There are so many layers in a publication project. I've never worked on a unit that encompassed so many different skills and actually exceeded so many Language Arts standards."
Roger Bonair-Agard, poet, spoken word artist, and co-founder of the LouderArts Project
"The youth teach us with their words. Their words remind us that they will forge their own and make their own voices and we'd better facilitate them or be consumed in their wondrous fire."
Student, NYC Public School
"It feels great to be a published author. I feel like a star!"
Ranise Rhodes, 10th grade student, co-author of the award-winning Yesterday's Issues, Today's Perspectives, Tomorrow's Lessons
"SPI has exposed us to genres of writing which most of us have never experienced before. It has given us the confidence to tackle any form of writing we put our minds to."