What if the hit tv show “The Office” took place at a school? That’s what you may think as you read Roxanna Elden’s book, “Adequate Yearly Progress”.
Elden’s new book, which will release August 1, tells the story of educators in a struggling urban high school in Texas. The novel is an honest and humorous portrayal of the day to day life of teachers and administrators.
Many teachers are familiar with Elden’s first book, “See Me After Class” which was published back in 2013. Elden wrote “See Me After Class” about her teaching challenges, with the hopes of inspiring other educators to push through some of the obstacles they encounter. One hurdle Elden says teachers struggle with is the disillusionment phase, which usually hits teachers head-on in October.
“Adequate Yearly Progress” is different from “See Me After Class” in that it’s a novel. Since writing “See Me After Class,” Elden had been challenging her students to write a draft for their own novel. But those same students turned the table and challenged her to accomplish the same. The ultimate result is “Adequate Yearly Progress”.
Elden, currently lives in Miami but decided to set the book in Texas. A setting that was inspired by the fact that Elden started her teaching career in Houston.
“There’s something about Texas that has really stuck with me. I’m originally from Chicago, so there were a lot of things that I noticed about the culture there and the way that people interacted with each other, that I was seeing that as a newcomer,” says Elden. “It just has a place in my heart to this day.”
To hear more about Elden’s new book, listen to Episode 60 of the Class Dismissed Podcast on your favorite podcast app or iTunes.