Student Press Initiative


Founded by Erick Gordon in 2002, Student Press Initiative uses publication as a tool to engage students as active producers of knowledge, transforming schools into publishing houses with teams of young authors writing with purpose. To date SPI has published over 400 books and collaborated with over 1,500 teachers worldwide.

Literacy Unbound

Predicated on a belief in the power of play in the secondary classroom, Literacy Unbound seeks to unbind traditional approaches to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking, troubling the divide between critical and creative thinking, demonstrating that intellectual rigor ultimately requires both.  

Prison Writing Initiative 

Drawing from the traditions of oral history, collaborative writing and narrative therapy, the Rikers Island Oral History Project supports incarcerated youth to reflect and make meaning of their lives, all the while working toward sharing their stories with the world through publication.