Lessons Learned from Life
The "Homeless Wanderer"
The Value of Literacy
Post-India: Thoughts on Service
Teaching the Homeless to Read
Curriculum Vision -- Helping Struggling Readers
Success Stories in Learning to Read
Why Do We Do What We Do?
A few highlights of my job include (but, of course, are not limited to):
- Traveling to India to help with literacy efforts among the leprosy-affected: Post-India: Thoughts on Service, Ensuring Success with English in India, Back in India, A Day in My Life in India, More On a Day in My Life in India, Abolishing the Stigma of Leprosy by Teaching Children to Read in English, A Documentary on Humanitarian Efforts in India)
- Visiting NYC to conduct trainings and needs assessments for NYC Public Schools and Public libraries: New York City Public Schools Teach Students to Read, New York City Public Schools Teach Students to Read: Part 2, Literacy Training in the Bronx...and in Your Own Backyard, Opening Doors to Literacy in New York City Public Libraries)
- Traveling to the Middle East to promote reading instruction: English Teaching and Learning in the Middle East, English Teaching and Learning in the Middle East: Part 2, Phonics for Arabic Speakers in the Middle East)
- Tutoring a gentleman in his 60's who has never learned how to read: Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2011: Teaching Struggling Readers, On the Journey to Read, On the Journey to Read: Part 2, Teaching the Homeless to Read)
- Consulting, training, and researching literacy instruction for children, middle school- and high school-aged students, and adults (for both native English speakers and non-native English speakers), and writing curriculum that meets the needs of these individuals. I've visited a variety of settings to fulfill this purpose, some of which include prisons, urban and rural K-12 schools, community colleges and universities, adult education sites, non-profit groups, and charter schools, including the largest school for homeless children in the U.S.: Teaching Literacy in Strategies to Homeless Children and Individuals in Secure Care Facilities.
- Engaging in humanitarian service opportunities, specifically in the areas of teaching English and literacy, as well as empowering teachers with strategies to teach these skills through teacher training with the goal of maintaining autonomy and sustainability. As mentioned above, I have traveled to India for this purpose, as well as to various islands in the South Pacific. I plan to travel to Africa to conduct teacher training in the (hopefully near) future, as well.
Part of the purpose for this post was to respond to the request to share my thoughts on purpose with my company. But another impetus for this post was to provide a more personal side to my blog. I understand that most people find this blog organically when searching on the Internet for specific ESOL- and literacy-related topics; however, I also occasionally have friends and associates who are genuinely interested in what I do. Whether you are a "stranger" or a friend, thank you for visiting this blog!