Multiple Intelligences Project
This is a project I started for my fellowship in Ecuador. I researched the ways Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory has been adopted both internationally and in Ecuador, and developed teaching activities related to each of the eight intelligences. This lead to student test scores increasing 1.38 points on a ten point scale. I am now adapting the project for implementation in a Tanzanian secondary school.
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.
Drama and Storytelling Project
This project was 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 provided long-distance support as Ms. Njau implemented the project at a secondary school in Tanzania. The students explored both oral and written storytelling techniques and then created their own stories. The students translated their stories (into English, Swahili and Chagga) and published them on the African Storybook Project, then dramatized them and performed the plays for the school community.
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.