In the Best Interest of Students by Kelly Gallagher
After thirty years in the classroom, Kelly Gallagher has become familiar with the challenges of trying to balance the requirements of ever-changing school reform movements with what he believes to be
in the best interest of students. Yet, he acknowledges that he “can’t think of another time . . . where teaching was as stressful as it is now” (188). In a political landscape harsh with extremism, he offers a
reasonable response to those who seek to reshape literacy instruction for secondary students. Examining the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for reading, writing, speaking, and listening with a nuanced eye, Kelly finds strengths and weaknesses that he carefully analyzes for teachers. Throughout the book, he shares effective and practical strategies to help teachers stay true to what works in the English Language Arts classroom.