Greetings, Daniel Bassill — I guess I’m laying a little low right now, blog-wise. Perhaps more action in the fall? I don’t know that I’ll have time to share Twitter chats with you, though. I’m working on a new program for the Illinois Writing Project (for which I’m Director), called “Write Across Chicago.” We’ll get small writing groups going for people of all ages, throughout the city.
Thanks, Daniel Bassill. The map & webs you’ve shared enable us to see how complex and extensive are the challenges in helping students overcome the disadvantages they face. I just hope the plenthora of issues doesn’t make the task seem overwhelming. I’m seeing some real pessimism felt by some of the students I work with. I need to find ways to help them believe change is possible.
Daniel Bassill — this sounds like the makings of a guest blog post from you. And perhaps we could share conduct of a regular Twitter chat? There is already a hashtag #actioncivics. Let me know your thoughts.
— Steve Z
Ms Heller —
Thanks so much for your thorough response to my question about your work on students’ civic action. You stated that you aim to make projects more “authentic” and more action-oriented. From the classes and clubs I’ve observed, authenticity comes from having students make key decisions about the issues they will…
Thanks, Kevin. I’m doing this because I can’t stand by and just watch as kids (and adults) in neighborhoods of poverty get denied opportunity & respect. And I’ve seen how civic action projects transform their sense of themselves and their learning, and create future activists for their communities. Of course I can’t change it all, but I have to do what I can. Anyway, watching students do this work is a joy.