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ERIC Number: EJ894109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1555-9734
Story to Action: A Conversation about Literacy and Organizing
Goldblatt, Eli
Community Literacy Journal, v2 n2 p45-66 Spr 2008
In the summer of 2006, Open Borders Project/Proyecto Sin Fronteras, a small educational center in the heart of Latino North Philadelphia, sponsored a six-week program to teach teens from Philadelphia public schools how to plan and conduct interviews, edit audio files, and write the necessary preparatory material to produce short pieces about people they know in their families and neighborhoods. In some ways the project was highly successful--46 students stayed through the whole program and produced audio files, many quite engaging and some truly stunning--but it was one of the hardest projects to manage and execute that Open Borders has undertaken in its short six-year year history. This article presents a conversation between Manuel Portillo (executive director of Open Borders", Mark Lyons (a teacher in the program), and Eli Goldblatt (associate professor of English at Temple University and chair of the board at Open Borders) that focuses on their experiences with the 2006 summer Open Borders program. ["Story to Action: A Conversation about Literacy and Organizing" was written with Manuel Portillo and Mark Lyons.]
Community Literacy Journal. Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse, DePaul University, 802 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 906-370-0206; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania