A Palo Alto High School English teacher will publish his book after taking a year off to tour California’s best schools.

After 12 years of teaching English at Paly, David Cohen will visit 70 schools with “positive education” and will be writing a book which is due to be published next year.

The purpose of Cohen’s trip and book is to emphasize the positives in education, as he believes people always hear about the negatives too often.

“It seems like negative stories mostly make people feel helpless and then disengaged,” Cohen said. “We need a positive vision of what already works, what’s worth preserving and supporting and advancing.”

Cohen will be visiting teachers that he met through a statewide leadership network that he has co-directed for nearly six years called Accomplished Teachers California.

The funding for Cohen’s trip is coming from his Kickstarter campaign, “Capturing the Spark: What Energizes Great Teachers and Schools.” His goal is to raise at least $30,000 by Oct. 22.