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Music in the Halls
Music in the Halls

Music in the Halls

The Heart and Heartbreak of Teaching at a High-Poverty School in Washington, DC



116 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: January 2024

ISBN 9781646034246

Rights: WOR

Regal House Publishing (Jan 2024)
Pact Press


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Through vignettes, essays, snapshots, portraits, and poems, Music in the Halls reveals the inner workings of a high-poverty District of Columbia Public School. In it, Jankowski brings to light the visceral and emotional nature of childhood poverty and trauma and how it not only impacts a student’s ability to learn but also how it restricts their ability to live a full life. Uncovering the interwoven worlds of children and their parents, teachers and administrators, and the DCPS bureaucracy—all residing in close proximity to the nation’s capital—Music in the Halls is not simply a tale of hard knocks; it is an exploration of how one man’s understanding and compassion can be transformed and expanded to encompass and embrace this world.

Author Biography

Bernard Jankowski is Head of the English Department and an AP Teacher at an educational facility serving adolescents with severe emotional disabilities. Previously, he was a Teacher and Special Education Coordinator at a high-poverty elementary school. Prior to teaching, he led a groundbreaking foundation research service. He has published two full-length poetry collections and is recipient of the Evelyn Elder Award for American Literature from Montgomery College.