"A thorough and lively examination of how the staff of a failing high school used better writing instruction to greatly improve its graduation rate. Ms. Tyre's reporting abilities show in the smallest details, such as her reference in the first paragraph to Monica's mother, and her willingness to ask hard questions is evident in a New Dorp teacher's admission that she didn't believe students in the school were capable of writing well. This is the best of education reporting - when it elevates the conversation from finger-pointing and cliches to truly thoughtful conversations about how we're teaching our children."
"This is an important story that Peg Tyre tells in a powerful way by showing how New Dorp's remarkable emphasis on complex writing changed the life of Monica DiBella. She provided great classroom examples and a rich history of writing instruction and New Dorp's struggles with reform."
Read Peg Tyre's article in The Atlantic.