Truth in Storytelling: The Reality of Teachers’ Lives

Author Roxanna Elden discusses her new satirical novel Adequate Yearly Progress, which tells the story of the teachers’ lives across one year in the fictional Texas high school of Brae Hill Valley. Roxanna’s book draws on her own experience as a K-12 public school teacher and her conversations with other teachers around the country. Roxanna says that past portrayals of teachers in popular media can be very unrealistic, and her book is meant to challenge that.

Related to this episode:

  • Roxanna Elden, author:
  • “Adequate Yearly Progress” on Amazon:
  • Adequate Yearly Progress as described by the Texas Education Agency:
  • “See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers” on Amazon
  • “The Office” TV show, on IMDB:
  • Tom Wolf, author and journalist, on Wikipedia:
  • Zadie Smith, author:
  • Alisa Valdez Rodriguez, author, on Wikipedia:
  • “Freedom Writers” film, on IMDB:
  • National Novel Writing Month:

Our closing music is “Yes And” by Steve Combs, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License:

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