TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS

NEXUS Connects:

NEXUS connects learning to life and all subjects to a common core. Our Common Core aligned, interdisciplinary books teach and inspire students to link, think and achieve.

“All Nexus volumes emphasize the critical skills and analogical thinking that are crucial for success on the SAT.” – THE COLLEGE BOARD

High School English and Humanities Teachers’ Testimonials

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A Student Resource That’s a Teacher Resource Too!

BLOOMFIELD HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT, Bloomfield Hills, MI –

We’ve had very successful experiences with NEXUS.  The presentation is accessible to advanced and to regular students.  It is an excellent compilation of materials. I THINK THESE BOOKS ARE ABSOLUTE TREASURES, JUST REMARKABLE. For a single teacher especially, it just pulls everything together. THE MAGAZINE CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF A TEAM OF TEACHERS.” – Susan Neun, English Chair

BALDWIN-WOODVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, Baldwin, WI

“Kids who are harder to engage enjoy the visuals and the real-world applications.  Overall each volume provides research that any teacher would love to do, but doesn’t have the time to do, and the fact that NEXUS does it for us is very valuable.” Marti Koller, English teacher

LINCOLN-WEST HIGH SCHOOL, Cleveland, OH

NEXUS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN.  You’ve done an exceptional job with Romeo and Juliet and the Renaissance.” – Dr. Paulette Goll, English Chair

TECUMSEH HIGH SCHOOL, New Carlisle, OH—

“I really think Romeo & Juliet and the Renaissance is superb, and the students enjoy it too.” – Marjorie MacKeown, English Teacher

MAGNIFICAT HIGH SCHOOL, Rocky River, OH—

“The kids loved Romeo & Juliet and the Renaissance.  It was exciting to watch them make the connections. We had an interdisciplinary week on Galileo and NEXUS fit in perfectly.  They started with the Galileo sections in NEXUS and then used the magazine to explore other interdisciplinary connections.  The kids couldn’t stop; they loved finding and making the connections.  It was fascinating to see, very very exciting.  NEXUS worked really well.” – Donna Sheridan, English teacher

REVIEWS

NEXUS Inspires Students to Think and Link

THE COLLEGE BOARD

“The exercises in this exhilarating volume [The Grapes of Wrath & the American Dream] focus on observation skills; theme, variation, and repetition in the novel; period music, and art. Its 11 chapters reveal the social production of art in action by showing the interpenetration of all the arts—painting, music, film, journalism, theater, and novels—to produce social change. A SURE-FIRE HIT WITH STUDENTS.”

THE COLLEGE BOARD

“The NEXUS Integrated Curriculum Unit series does the research for teachers who want to present major literary works in an interdisciplinary context. Built around periods rather than themes, each is a beautifully produced glossy magazine that links the text to the period’s history, music, art, theater, and science to provide additional entry points into literature. Supplements and team-teaching guidelines suggest activities and additional readings in each discipline… ALL NEXUS VOLUMES EMPHASIZE THE CRITICAL SKILLS AND ANALOGICAL THINKING THAT ARE CRUCIAL FOR SUCCESS ON THE SAT EXAM.”

THE COLLEGE BOARD –

“The wonderfully rich historical background in the Macbeth volume—colorful anecdotes & clear, conversational accounts of family ties, political motives, events, & phenomena — WILL DEFINITELY ENHANCE STUDENTS’ STUDY OF THE PLAY.  The illustrations for the 14 short sections (one to three pages) of this volume are stunning: maps, production photos, beautiful reproductions of tapestries, and manuscript illuminations.”

NCAIS (North Carolina Association of Independent Schools) Newsletter

“NEXUS is a visually exciting, reader friendly magazine with articles contributed by nationally known experts in their fields.  Crisp scholarship, challenging activities, and teacher supplements make learning entertaining and challenging.  NEXUS brings the past to life by using a lively writing style and colorful or intriguing anecdotes, and by highlighting the “story” in history.”

APPLETON EAST HIGH SCHOOL, Appleton, WI –

I HAVEN’T SEEN ANY BETTER MATERIAL FOR CONNECTING THE CURRICULUM, especially world literature and world history—and I have a lot of experience connecting the curriculum.  In one instance, for example, my kids did their research topics on the artists and poets of the Harlem Renaissance and they created mini-documentaries on the artists or poets using the NEXUS materials.  It went extremely well.  You can see the editor has really done his research.  His love of the material really shows.” – Michael W. Bergen, Communications Arts Chair

CLASSROOM NOTES PLUS, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)

“’Songs of the Seventh Son’ is one of many thoughtful chapters in The Harlem Renaissance volume of NEXUS. Each volume…is a hybrid of a well-written interdisciplinary textbook and a lively, attractive magazine….”

TEMPO, Journal of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

“With an impressive group of contributors and consultants, Publisher/Editor Jesse Bryant Wilder has put together A STUNNING SET OF CHALLENGING MATERIALS that will PROVIDE OUTSTANDING LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.”

Gene Maeroff, founding Director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, Columbia Teachers College, former national education correspondent for the New York Times, and former Senior Fellow for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

NEXUS IS A REMARKABLE PUBLICATION, one of the best of its kind for promoting interdisciplinary work by students.  Each volume reflects careful research and is filled with information that both engages students and advances their understanding of how the disciplines complement each other.”

BREAKING RANKS, NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals)

“Chapters in The Lion in Winter & the Middle Ages volume of NEXUS provide any creative teacher with a cornucopia of ideas from which to draw lessons that cross the lines that usually separate subjects.” – Gene Maeroff, former National Education Correspondent for the New York Times and former Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

HISTORY MATTERS, National Council of History Education

“NEXUS serves as a powerful interdisciplinary resource for teachers by saving them a lot of legwork.”

NEXUS links a great work of literature to the history, art, music, and science of the period it reflects. Each subject reinforces the others, enabling students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the period while exercising analogous critical thinking skills across the curriculum.