A story centered on two little boys’ varied experiences in school, ENGAGE US OR ENRAGE US: Schools Make the Difference takes readers on a journey that simultaneously ignites excitement and apathy. Ronnie enthusiastically recalls engaging experiences and strong relationships at school, while triggering feelings of dread and despair as Jonnie realizes that engagement and strong relationships are not a part of his school experience. Ronnie and Jonnie are similar in many ways, but their experiences at school produce different outcomes. Each experience causes tears; Jonnie sheds “mad” tears on the first day of school and Ronnie sheds “sad” tears on the last day of school. This story illustrates the impact engagement has on students.