Kristina Rizga / Mission High [in-conversation with Lewis Buzbee]

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 7:30pm

Kristina Rizga presents Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail it, and the Students and Teachers Who Made it Triumph, the hopeful tale of one of the nation’s most diverse public schools innovating against the odds. Mission High School has created engaging and effective classrooms, even while being classified as “low-performing” and struggling against closure and test scores. Mother Jones education reporter Kristina Rizga tracks the lives teachers and students and discovers a blueprint for improving all American schools. Join us for an engaging summertime conversation on education with Kristina Rizga and Lewis Buzbee, author of Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom.


Kristina Rizga has been writing about schools and youth issues for a decade, most recently as an education reporter for Mother Jones. She is also a cofounder and reporter at ReBaltica: the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism and has served on the editorial board of The Nation since 2007. Her writing has been published in The Nation, The American Prospect, and Global Post. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.


Lewis Buzbee is the author of Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, After the Gold Rush, and Fliegelman's Desire, as well as three award-winning novels for younger readers, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, Steinbeck's Ghost, and Bridge of Time. A former bookseller and publisher, he teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at the University of San Francisco.


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If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy of Mission High, order below and put your request in the notes field.



The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History By Lewis Buzbee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555975104
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - September 30th, 2008

Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom By Lewis Buzbee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976835
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - August 5th, 2014