At a luncheon on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education John King reiterated the importance of good reporting on education. He cited three works that spoke to him: Failure Factories, by the Tampa Bay Times on the resegregation and neglect of high-poverty, mostly Black schools in Pinellas County, Florida, that also won a Pulitzer Prize this year; The Problem We All Live With, Nicole Hannah-Jones' radio piece about the inadvertent desegregation experiment involving the school district attended by Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; and Glen's Village.
As a Black male who grew up in difficult family circumstances and relied on mentors and teachers to succeed, King said he related to Glen Casey. King specifically pointed out how the series demonstrated the importance of adequate funding for all schools. He noted that Glen relied heavily on the presence of counselors and others in his school for support.
Socolar, who was the Notebook's editor and publisher when the series was conceived and executed, said that Glen's Village "was one of the most important stories we put together in my 16 years as editor. Understanding the impact of trauma on students and changing the culture of schools to be trauma-sensitive are big shifts, but Glen's story really illustrates that the stakes and the potential benefits are huge."
Maria Archangelo, the Notebook's new publisher, called the award "recognition that the Notebook is doing important work that is being recognized on a national level."
The documentary has won several awards at regional film festivals.
Glen Casey is now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania.
Read and watch the three-part series and documentary:
Part 1: From a trauma-filled childhood to the Ivy League
Part 2: A mother reached out, and a son got needed services
Part 3: A student's turnaround gets him to Penn, despite painful new challenges