Creating a Success Culture: Transforming our Schools One Question at a Time, 2015

How do we create a school with heart and soul? A place that focuses more on supporting students' dreams for the future than getting through a curriculum? What if we change our conversations with students from transactions - which often maintain the status quo - to transformations, where nothing stays the same? The staff of Scriber Lake High School accepted a three-year challenge to imagine these possibilities and develop systems around them. We went on a journey to empower our disenfranchised students using 17 questions designed to bring them back into the center of their own education. This book contains the results of our collaborative effort. 

We Hope You Rise Up, 2015

Many people aren't aware of the challenges that teenagers are forced to deal with these days. We hope to change that. Following the nationally recognized We Are Absolutely Not Okay, You've Got It All Wrong and Behind Closed Doors comes the fourth collection of true stories from Scriber students - and this time we are rising up. We have all gained strength and perspective from our experiences with abuse, abandonment, drug addiction and the loss of loved ones. But we haven't given up hope for better days. 

Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Inside Out, 2014

Closing the Door on Pain. Opening the Door to Hope. Following in the footsteps of the nationally recognized We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You've Got It All Wrong, this third true story collection by Scriber Lake High School students explores painful secrets: addiction, incarceration, sexual identity, broken families, abuse, poverty, and death. By giving readers an inside look at the life struggles they've faced, these students are closing the door on painful pasts and opening doors to hope and happiness. Through their personal narratives, they are also reaching out to other teenagers, to let them know they are not alone and that life gets better.

You’ve Got it All Wrong, 2013

Druggie. Loser. Boozer. Dropout. Runaway. Delinquent. Slut. Labels can hurt and destroy-as the teen authors of this powerful true story collection know all too well. But are they true? Would you still think the same if you knew the challenges and circumstances these "labeled" teens have faced? In You've Got It All Wrong, twenty-one teenagers take readers into their lives as they struggle with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure. Through their narratives, they share the circumstances they faced and the decisions they made during their darkest hours. By revisiting their past and sharing their stories, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in a positive, powerful way. They are also reaching out to other teens to remind them that they aren't alone and that labels do not define who they are.

We Are Absolutely Not Okay, 2012

Imagine being asked to pull a gun on a stranger. Or having a gun shoved in your face by the man you call stepdad. Envision feeling so depressed you cut yourself repeatedly or down a bottle of pills to make the pain go away. Consider what it takes to tell your parents that you are transgender, or what it feels like to have the dad you love addicted to meth. We Are Absolutely Not Okay is a collection of unsparing true stories written by fourteen teenagers who have experienced life at its darkest but have made it through and are now picking up the pieces. By writing and sharing their stories, they are coping with their past and seizing their future. They are also reaching out to other teenagers-to let them know that they are not alone and that even if their life now is Absolutely Not Okay, they have the power within themselves to make it better.

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