Mill City Grows Presents Author Jessica LanderJoin us for our final 10th Anniversary Event! LEARN MORE ABOUT JESSICA LANDER
Thursday, October 13 • 5pm – 7pm
189 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Free & open to the public!
Presented in conjunction with the 2022 Lowell City of Learning Festival
Join Mill City Grows and our event host lala books for a special evening with award-winning Lowell Public School teacher and author, Jessica Lander, as she reads from and discusses her new book, Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education. Copies of Making Americans will be available at the event or can be purchased anytime through lala books. This special in-person visit with Jessica Lander marks the finale of MCG’s yearlong “10 Events Celebrating 10 Years” series. All are welcome to join us for this free, public event!
About Jessica Lander and Making Americans
Jessica Lander is an award-winning teacher, writer, and author. She teaches history and civics to recent immigrant students at Lowell High School and has won numerous awards for her teaching, including being named a Top 50 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, presented by the Varkey Foundation.
One project we are really inspired by is how, each year, Jessica works closely with her U.S. history students to write a cookbook of their family recipes alongside personal stories and reflections of their own migration journeys. Delicious recipes from the 2021-2022 volume of Tasting History were enjoyed by Lowell Public School students across the district this past spring in the school cafeterias.
Additionally, Jessica writes frequently about education policy and teaching. She is a co-author of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success and author of Driving Backwards.
This fall she published Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education. A compelling read for everyone who cares about America’s future, Making Americans brims with innovative ideas for educators and policy-makers across the country. Setting out from her classroom, Jessica takes the reader on a powerful and urgent journey to understand what it takes for immigrant students to become Americans. She shares stories of innovative schools working with immigrant-origin students. She unearths the history of cases and laws that have transformed schools. Jessica also profiles some of her remarkable Lowell High immigrant students.
Making Americans is a landmark book, providing a clear vision for how schools can help nurture a sense of belonging in newcomers, with benefits for all students. It is a catalyst for communities across America to reimagine immigrant education.
We encourage you to learn more about Jessica at JessicaLander.com, and we hope you will join us for our conversation on Thursday, October 13, from 5pm – 7pm at lala books in Lowell.