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Born to Rise


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Deborah Kenny is founder and CEO of Harlem Village Academies, a network of public charter schools. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential educational entrepreneurs in the country and is regularly featured in national television and print media. Kenny holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in comparative international education and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New York City.


"Leaders who want to light an entrepreneurial fire under every employee must read this book." -- Jack Welch "Deborah's journey is a gift: she teaches children to love learning" -- Bill Cosby "Deborah Kenny's inspiring story holds powerful lessons for parents, teachers, administrators, and elected officials across the country." -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg "Our country needs more schools like Harlem Village Academies." -- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education "Deborah has created something extraordinary at Harlem Village Academies. You feel a warmth and an intellectual energy but most of all there's a passion for learning like I have never before seen at a school." -- Hugh Jackman "One woman's tragedy turns into triumph for hundreds of Harlem schoolchildren in Kenny's personal and professional memoir... the anecdotes of successful teachers (Kenny's "rock stars") at work and students whose lives were truly turned around by her work prove persuasive and uplifting." -- Publishers Weekly "Deborah's passion and integrity are inspirational. This important story is a must-read." -- John Legend "This memoir of a young widow's quest to transform urban education by establishing the groundbreaking Harlem Village Academies will inspire readers everywhere." -- O, the Oprah Magazine "Parents and principals trying to understand what makes successful schools work ought to read Born to Rise." -- New York Times Born to Rise is about Deborah Kenny's ability to see greatness in every child and transform entire communities. Her journey is a passionate one and gives me goose bumps." -- Jason Mraz "I forgive Deborah Kenny for writing an interesting book, Born to Rise, for her misinformed - even slanderous - claims about the impact of unions... it's a very good book to read-useful, informative and inspiring... her educational values are close to mine." -- Deborah Meier

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