During the Commission on the Status of Women (and in other commissions), NGOs try to bring good practices to the attention of the UN community. This year Jean Stoner and I are working with teacher and author Cristina Igoa who has developed a teaching style which addresses the alienation and loneliness that impedes adjustment and learning for the new immigrant child. Cristina reaches the children through self-expression in stories, art, and music. Cristina has followed her students – most of whom have gone on to higher education – and has interviewed them. She is writing an additional book which includes students’ observations from their perspective from high school, university, and their careers. Joining her on the panel will be a current student, a former student, the Director of the English Learner support Division of the California Department of Education, and a leading woman author who is also a Jungian analyst.
Posted on March 18, 2013 by Sister Mary Jo Toll