Kathleen McHugh Dyer

Recognizing that their at-risk students respond best to culturally relevant literature, Ms. Dyer and Mr. Crawford implement “Voices of the Valley” to improve students’ writing and technology skills. The bilingual students interview community members who immigrated from Mexico and convert the interviews into creative first-person narratives. Students refine their drafts for publication in a collected anthology to be used by future English classes. The project culminates in an exhibition night for the community during which students read narratives and display presentation boards of their projects. The local scholarship fund receives proceeds from the published anthology.