Multiple Intelligences Project
This is the project I’m doing for my current fellowship. I am researching the ways Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory has been adopted internationally and here in Ecuador, and developing teaching activities related to each of the eight intelligences.
Drama and Storytelling Project
This project is a collaboration between myself and Catherine Njau, a Tanzanian colleague and founder of the Kuleana Group. I designed the curriculum for an extracurricular program focused on multilingual storytelling, digital publishing and dramatization and am currently providing long-distance support as Ms. Njau implements the project at a secondary school in Tanzania. The students explore both oral and written storytelling techniques and then create their own stories. The students translate their stories (into English, Swahili and Chagga) and publish them on the African Storybook Project, then dramatize them and perform the plays for the school community.
Social Responsibility Interest Section Newsletter
I am currently co-editor of the newsletter for TESOL International’s Social Responsibility Interest Section. We publish 4 issues a year, on various themes related to social justice and English language teaching. If you would like to write for the newsletter, please read the submission guidelines and get in touch. Past issues are available online here.
Community Action Theatre Project
In Tanzania, I worked on two collaborative theatre pieces with my students, using a process called Community Action Theatre. The students created plays about issues the were important to them, such as early marriage and girls’ education, and performed them for the community. I wrote an article about the process and the way the girls used it to amplify their voices, which is online here.
While I was in the Peace Corps, I collaborated with my school to transform two unused classrooms into a school library. We received grant funding from the Peace Corps Partnership Program and a small donation of books from the US Embassy’s Regional English Language Office. The library opened in 2013.
Reusable Menstrual Pad Project
Another project I worked on as part of my Peace Corps service was a collaboration with Huru International to distribute reusable menstrual pad kits to 400 girls at two schools. The project inspired Catherine Njau to start the community organization Kuleana Group, which has distributed over 2600 kits to girls in 8 schools. Now, in order to distribute the pads more sustainably, the have started Waridi Reuseable Sanitary Pads to produce them locally.