Improving Education for Mobile Students
Written by Lynora Williams
Foreword by Wendy Puriefoy of The Public Education Network
Fragmented is a 64-page
handbook written for PRRAC by Lynora Williams, with a Foreword by Wendy Puriefoy of The Public
Education Network. Drawing on the material from the Winter 2003 Journal of Negro Education
("Student Mobility: How Some Children Get Left Behind"), co-edited by PRRAC's Director of
Research Chester Hartman, Fragmented outlines the specific classroom mobility issues faced
by low-income and minority students, especially homeless, immigrant, farmworker, special ed
and foster children; and provides a series of specific action steps to ameliorate this problem
drawn from "best practices" case studies from Chicago, Texas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and
Dept. of Defense schools. $5/copy (bulk discounts available).
"Moving and changing schools really shattered my personality. I feel like there's all these
little things I picked up from all of the different schools and I feel disoriented all the time.
There's no grounding. I always just feel like I'm floating. You never feel like a complete person.
That's how I feel I feel fragmented. Every time I moved I felt less and less important."
California High School Student, 1999