Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

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Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Promise Neighborhood Resources

As the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports, the Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm that works with non-profits, has just released a report on how communities might best approach Promise Neighborhoods. They’ve also set up a website as a public resource for interested communities.

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Firedoglake Book Salon

Readers discussed Whatever It Takes (and fired questions at me) this afternoon as part of the Firedoglake Book Salon. Here’s the transcript.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Firedoglake Book Salon

This Saturday, November 14, at 5 p.m. Eastern time, I’ll be answering questions from readers of Firedoglake, which describes itself as a “leading progressive blog,” as part of the site’s regular book salon. Please come by and ask questions!

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Albert Schweitzer Fellows

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has chosen Whatever It Takes as the first book in its Recommended Reading online book club. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

Are you thinking that the Harlem Children’s Zone sounds like a Schweitzer project on a grand scale? So are we — and that’s why we’ve made Whatever It Takes ASF’s very first Recommended Reading choice.

Each month on this blog, we’ll highlight books in line with ASF’s mission — eliminating health disparities by developing “leaders in service” who are skilled in and committed to meeting the health needs of the underserved, and whose example influences and inspires others.  We’ll facilitate a discussion of those books and how they relate to the work you’re doing as Schweitzer Fellows, Fellows for Life, or other service-oriented individuals on the blog and on our Facebook page.

According to the website, the fellowship is

a national nonprofit that translates idealism into action, supporting 230+ Fellows from the nation’s top health and human service schools as they develop and implement service projects with a direct — and lasting — impact on the health of underserved communities.

The online discussion begins on October 22.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


The paperback edition of Whatever It Takes, which includes a new afterword updating the story, is now on sale at Amazon and other online booksellers (even though the official publication date isn’t till next month).

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, devotes this week’s “Child Watch” column to “Whatever It Takes” and the Harlem Children’s Zone:

“Whatever it takes” is Canada’s philosophy about serving and saving the thousands of children in the nearly 100-block radius that constitutes the Harlem Children’s Zone Project. Canada’s comprehensive, innovative strategies for how to do this are at the heart of the book and have brought him national attention, including praise from President Obama, who is proposing plans to replicate Canada’s successes in 20 more communities across the country.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive celebrates the work of Henry Sene Yee, including his artfully designed cover of Whatever It Takes.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Tumblon interview

Here’s an interview I did recently with Graham Scharf, one of the founders of a new parenting web site called Tumblon. We talked mostly about the parenting research I wrote about in chapter two of Whatever It Takes.

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Inside Schools, “an independent, not-for-profit website devoted to informing parents, teachers, and students about New York City public schools,” has started an online book club. The first book under discussion is Whatever It Takes.

Paul Tough, who writes about education for the New York Times Magazine, tackles hefty social science quandaries – like what causes poverty and how it can be alleviated — within the narrative of Geoffrey Canada’s dramatic, ongoing struggle to change the lives of Harlem’s children. … After five years of reporting, Tough describes Canada’s venture – the Harlem Children’s Zone – through the stories of the people who work for and are served by the project, which includes two charter schools. Tough also explains the research behind anti-poverty efforts, relating it to the sometimes nail-biting, sometimes heartbreaking, yet surprisingly hopeful story of Canada’s work.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Edutopia Interview

Today on, an online magazine, an interview I did with Bernice Yeung on the process of reporting and writing Whatever It Takes. I said things like:

The prekindergarten teachers were just so focused on and conscious of language, on how to get language into every part of the day to expand these kids’ vocabularies, which all this research shows is exactly what the students need the most at that stage.