Kid Quixote

The Story of a One-Room Schoolhouse, Its Students, Their Teacher, and How They Found Their Voices and Healed
eAudio - unabridged
Product Number: Z100148827
Released: Nov 19, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062934093
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The unlikely yet inspiring true story of a teacher struggling with mental illness, a silent daughter of an undocumented mother, and the amazing one-room schoolhouse that helped them find their voices, heal their pain, and become empowering models of resilience. After seven years at a high school with metal detectors and armed police, Yale-educated teacher Stephen Haff suffered a breakdown. Doctors later diagnosed him with bi-polar depression. Inspired by his former students, Haff formed a reading group that eventually became Still Waters in A Storm, an after school program in Bushwick, Brooklyn. techniques from outside standard educational practices-Drawing from his experiences, Haff developed a new teaching method using AA meetings, Quaker prayers, psychotherapy, and even Buddhist meditation circles to create a more empathetic and collaborative environment. In this fluid, welcoming space, Stephen and his students found solace and something else: their voices. All agreed that at Still Waters there would only be one rule: everyone listens to everyone. And this one rule has unlocked their incredible potential. Over the years, Still Waters' student have studied Latin, played violin and now they have taken on a new challenge: translating episodes from the classic Don Quixote into English from Spanish. With the help of dictionaries and the approval of acclaimed Don Quixote translator, Edith Grossman, the Still Waters students created a modern travelling musical, The Traveling Adventures of Kid Quixote, which has been performed across New York City. The star of Kid Quixote is six-year-old Sarah Sierra. Before Still Waters, Sarah was silent. But now she has many stories to tell, from her mother's journey across the desert to America on a tiger to a girl-knight that defeats giants made of ice who lock up children. At Still Waters, these students, led by Sarah, have found their voices and are using them to deliver a message of diversity, tolerance, love, optimism, and resilience essential to us all.

Original Publish Date: Nov 19, 2019

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