Amid challenges, urban teacher struggles to make a difference

09/25/2008 | Teacher Magazine (free registration)

Eighth-grade English teacher Ariel Sacks works in a failing New York City school that she says more closely resembles facilities found in third-world countries than the suburban public schools she herself attended. Amid undercurrents of violence, supply shortages, a new standardized curriculum and a transient population, Sacks attempts to offer a structured learning environment and win her students' trust.

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