A School For Healing: Alternative Strategies for Teaching At-Risk Students by Rosa L Kennedy and Jerome H. Morton
A School For Healing: Alternative Strategies for Teaching At-Risk Students describes an alternative school that dealt with students who were expelled or suspended from public school and who perceived themselves as victims of injustice. It was assumed that they misinterpreted the facts of various situations or chose inappropriate strategies to correct real injustices. The task of the school was to help the students learn multiple perspectives for interpreting the actions of others and to teach them more appropriate ways of resolving injustices. Four students in the school relate their problems and describe, through a qualitative research interview process, how the school helped them. The book describes specific strategies the school used and concludes with suggestions to those who wish to establish a similar program.
Rosa Kennedy was the artist-in-residence at the School for Healing. Her section in the book reporting on the qualitative research interviews was part of her doctoral dissertation in education. She received the 1995 Educational Research Award for Best Dissertation in qualitative research from the American Educational Research Association.
Jerome (Jerry) Morton was the director of the School for Healing during the period of time reported on in the book. He created the delivery model that was used by the school to assist the students. During that period, the school received regional and national awards such as The Exemplary Dropout and Prevention Program Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School for Healing has been reported on in numerous academic publications. Alternative schools in different sections of the United States and Canada have adopted the strategies used by the School For Healing. The book has reportedly been used as a teaching tool in various universities.
Published by Peter Lang Publishing,
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BJ Gillum and his wife Saundra purchased a 25 foot Bayliner Sierrra 2556 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania in 1994 and christened it the Saundra Kay. They cruised it down the Monongahela, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers to Rockwood Tennessee, where they planned to build their home in the near future.
They later took a pleasure cruise to Chattanooga, Tennessee and back, as a warm up for a major, month-long cruise to New Orleans and back. Captain Gillum kept meticulous logs of their adventures, and has compiled them into this entertaining, no-punches-pulled tale. The trips involved interesting characters, mishaps, and misadventures as they navigated through uncertain waters, stormy weather, and tricky lock systems along major waterways.
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Although there is romance and humor woven throughout the story there was always the question of an unpunished murder committed by ruthless men who manipulated the innocent to serve their purposes. That wouldn’t end satisfactorily until it was solved and justice served.
This story allows the reader to feel the inner motivations of the victims and villains equally.
I think all human characteristics and motivations are very similar and are molded by circumstances and environmental factors largely uncontrollable by themselves. My protagonist is motivated by fear and a need for justice. She is able to achieve her goals by associating with people who befriend her. Believe in her cause and eventually facilitate her success. I’m not sure this deviates from the norm.
Colette is a cub reporter beginning her first real job. She is ambitious and willing to work hard to prove she is more than capable. Her ambition burns within her and she is anxious to prove herself when through no fault of her own she feels her life threatened and must flee to survive.
There certainly could be because she is still young and just reaching her peak professionally when the book ends. Funny, I’ve never looked at it as a candidate for a sequel.
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A thriller is a story about a large poisonous spider you’ve been trying to kill for weeks (nobody believes there actually is one) that suddenly drops onto your face in the middle of a dark night; you lose control of bodily functions and scream uncontrollably because you’re alone and you can’t defend yourself since you are a quadriplegic from Afghanistan war wounds. Your new Medal of Honor still hangs around your neck where President Obama placed it earlier today in a tearful ceremony before TV cameras and a sobbing audience. Tension is made higher because you are now in a sound-proofed dressing room and a noisy Mick Jagger concert is in full swing in the next room beyond the one-way mirrored wall of the White House theater. With your remaining one good eye, you notice there are young spiders clinging all over the back of the large one that is now devouring your face. That is a thriller.
A mystery is a story about discovering how it got into the room by using clever techniques as employed by detectives or forensic pathologists, or as in the case of the spider attack, exterminators. A grinding, painstaking process that progresses like molasses in December until finally the obvious is observed. A badge of honor for the passionately detail-oriented late-night reader. NEVER read the last two pages of one of these before reading the entire book from front to back!
There are many authors who write novels that are cross-genre. For example, combine the two examples above and voila – cross genre! Even Mother Goose rhymes like Little Miss Muffett. It was a short biography until the spider came along and changed it to a thriller. That is cross-genre! If it had bitten her that would have become a Horror genre. If it had tried to take liberties with her, it would have become an erotica genre, depending on how the writer explained the details of the attack. -By BJ Gillum – Author of a series of humorous books
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