Collectively, the collaborating parties bring tremendous competencies, capacity and commitment which should help make a significant impact in addressing very dire needs.
A Prison Called School is a fascinating and practical account of what can happen when students are empowered in the classroom. Mary’s University of Minnesota, I work with educators at all levels with varying degrees of experience and this book become an invaluable tool to help them understand what they can do as teachers by choosing to listen to their students. I particularly enjoyed the students' quotes about what they've been through in their school systems, and how things could be improved so they feel more engaged and learn better.
Metzger weaves the powerful stories from the students themselves together with her professional experience, education and overall wisdom to bring an important concept of student empowerment to light. The book describes how education is managed in other countries (like Finland) that encourage integrating traditional concepts with real world experiences, as well as having career mentoring, internships and apprenticeships in high school so kids are better prepared to make post-secondary education plans.
Metzger suggests that though one can find research and literature that provide the bases to transform schools, the educational system continues to exist for itself and for the adults responsible for educating young adults.
In fact, schools ought to exist for the students Maure Ann Metzger presents a compelling narrative of the many difficulties encountered in schools by disadvantaged students.
Matthew Parish provided a training ground and parishioner expertise and joined with GIFT in developing smart sweet potato farming techniques, as part of the Parish's commitment to Haiti twinning within its Outreach To Haiti (OTH) program.
Outreach To Haiti is a Norwich Diocese organization that has worked with area "twinning" Parishes to provide the people of Haiti with responsive solutions for over 30 years.The photos below are from GIFT's trip to Haiti, wherein this exciting collaborative initiative was formed to increase sweet potato harvests, increase food security, prevent starvation, improve health and enable economic development. Matthew Parish and the Diocese of Norwich Outreach-To-Haiti organization located in Connecticut, USA.The video clips below the photos convey the goals of some of the participants in the collaboration who are all working to address hunger and economic development.Thanks Maure Ann Metzger for this sympathetic, hard-hitting and well-documented account.(Deborah Meier, Mc Arthur Fellowship recipient, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, author "In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization") provides a comprehensive roadmap for school transformation for all students including the complex and frequently unmet needs of the most disempowered, disadvantaged and at-risk learners. Metzger identifies a variety of critical and empirically supported components of effective educational reform that are currently missing in many of the current school reform movements.Metzger builds this study on multiple sources: interviews with high school students (from her doctoral research and earlier); observations of young adults struggling in schools; literature reviews; and personal experiences in educationas a teacher, psychologist, and youth advocate.