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Fragmented

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     



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