Fires in Our Lives

Fires in Our Lives

Advice for Teachers from Today’s High School Students

Kathleen Cushman, Kristien Zenkov, Meagan Call-Cummings


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Sales Track: Fires in the Bathroom has sold over 95,000 copies across all editions; Fires in Middle School Bathroom has sold 30,000 copies across all editions.

Well-Credentialed Authors: In 2001 Cushman co-founded WHAT KIDS CAN DO and is the author behind the two previous bestselling Fires books in this collection. Zenkov and Cummings are progressive educators and professors with histories of activism and experience in youth empowerment training.

Platform: WHAT KIDS CAN DO is a well-known organization based in Providence, RI, that uses digital, print, and broadcast media to express the power of what young people can accomplish and contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. WKCD has generated more than 250 articles in local and national newspapers, from The New York Times to the Sacramento Bee, has appeared on radio stations across the country, and published articles in close to two dozen professional journals and magazines. Their books have sparked reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Teacher's College Record, and trade journals like News Photographer. WKCD has provided background material and stories for PBS, the Jane Pauley Show, Today Show, Lehrer Report, Utne Reader, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, People magazine, Education Week, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and fields regular calls from education reporters.

Student Voices from throughout the country: In a market that more commonly offers teacher and educator perspectives and voices, this approach stands out and is bolstered by the students' geographical diversity.


Kathleen Cushman:
Kathleen Cushman is the author of Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students and the co-author, with Laura Rogers, of Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from Middle School Students, both published by The New Press. Student motivation and mastery are the subjects of her recent books Fires in the Mind and The Motivation Equation. Her work with the national nonprofit What Kids Can Do, Inc., which she co-founded with Barbara Cervone in 2001, includes extensive documentation of adolescent learning in print and mixed media. She lives in New York City.|||Kristien Zenkov, PhD, is a professor of education and the Academic Program coordinator for the Secondary Education (SEED) program at George Mason University. He has long experience as a boundary-spanning educator and a facilitator of school-university partnerships. Currently he co-directs the Youth Participatory Action Research and photovoice project "Through Students' Eyes," in which young people document with photographs and writings their beliefs about citizenship, justice, school, and literacy. He is the co-author (with Kathleen Cushman and Meagan Call-Cummings) of Fires in Our Lives: Advice for Teachers from Today's High School Students (The New Press).|||Meagan Call-Cummings, PhD, is an assistant professor of Qualitative Methods at George Mason University. She specializes in participatory action research (PAR) and other methodologies undergirded by critical, feminist, and participatory theories and pedagogies. She is the co-author (with Kristien Zenkov and Kathleen Cushman) of Fires in Our Lives: Advice for Teachers from Today's High School Students (The New Press).