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Valley Interfaith and School Reform

Organizing for Power in South Texas

By Dennis Shirley

Can public schools still educate America’s children, particularly in poor and working class communities? Many advocates of school reform have called for dismantling public education in favor of market-based models of reform such as privatization and vouchers. By contrast, this pathfinding book explores how community organizing and activism in support of public schools in one of America’s most economically disadvantaged regions, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, has engendered impressive academic results. Dennis Shirley focuses the book around case studies of three schools that have benefited from the reform efforts of a community group called Valley Interfaith, which works to develop community leadership and boost academic achievement. He follows the remarkable efforts of teachers, parents, school administrators, clergy, and community activists to take charge of their schools and their communities and describes the effects of these efforts on students’ school performance and testing results. Uniting gritty realism based on extensive field observations with inspiring vignettes of educators and parents creating genuine improvement in their schools and communities, this book demonstrates that public schools can be vital "laboratories of democracy," in which students and their parents learn the arts of civic engagement and the skills necessary for participating in our rapidly changing world. It persuasively argues that the American tradition of neighborhood schools can still serve as a bedrock of community engagement and academic achievement.

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Valley of Decisions

Biography and Essays in Honour of Hon. Justice Iorhemen Hwande

In a tribute to Hon. Justice Iorhemen Hwande CFR, Chief Judge of Benue State this book includes contributions from a variety of scholars from Nigeria. 14 essays cover a wide range of topics such as: Insider Dealing by Company Directors and the Nigerian Capital Market; United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea as a Tool for the Resolution of Climate Change Disputes; Is a Practicing Christian Lawyer/Judge in Nigeria an Anachronism?; The Justiciability and Enforcement of Social Rights; and International Economic Law and Development.

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Valor, Guts, and Luck

A B-17 Tailgunner's Survival Story during World War II

William L. Smallwood

During the Second World War, a B-17 tailgunner had a one-in-four chance of survival during his standard twenty-five-mission tour. Valor, Guts, and Luck is the story of Staff Sergeant Lowell “Slats” Slayton (1923–2013), who beat those odds. An underprivileged kid from Fargo, North Dakota, Slayton was a high school senior the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Drawn to the glamour of the “wild blue yonder” made famous by newsreels, he joined the Army Air Force. Eventually he found himself on an unlucky thirteenth mission to the main FW-190 fighter aircraft plant in Oschersleben, Germany. After being hit by a rocket, his plane left the protection of the formation and was immediately attacked by a swarm of fighter aircraft, resulting in damage that forced a crash landing in Germany. Slayton, though wounded, survived the crash landing, spending time in three hospitals and two POW camps before enduring a three hundred-plus mile trek from Poland to western Germany during one of the coldest winters on record. Through Slayton’s recollections, William L. Smallwood conveys the riveting tales of life in the Air Corps, aerial combat, and the horrific experiences of a prisoner of war. Through it all, Slayton’s valor, guts, and luck made it possible for him to enjoy a homecoming after the war.

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The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez as told to James B. Lane. Foreword by Evan Bayh

The son of Hispanic immigrants, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. With strong family support, he managed to beat the odds, graduating with distinction from Indiana University, finishing law school after a rough start, and maturing into a successful attorney and officeholder. Yet there was more in store for Roy. Ready to start a family and embark on a career as a deputy prosecutor, he was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome. How he coped with and eventually overcame this debilitating affliction is a compelling part of his story. The experience steeled him to meet future crises with wisdom, perspective, and grit. An inspiring true story, Valor is also a significant and original contribution to the social, ethnic, and political history of Indiana.

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Valorizing the Barbarians

Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography

By Eric Adler

Comparing and contrasting speeches attributed to barbarian leaders by ancient Roman historians, this book offers a systematic examination of the ways in which those historians valorized foreigners and presented criticisms of their own society.

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Évaluation créative

Une approche systémique des valeurs

Les valeurs de base de l'évaluation créative - Les quatre préceptes du processus de l'évaluation créative - L'analyse psychosociologique d'une valeur - Une prise de conscience à la grandeur de la planète - Une stratégie pour clarifier les valeurs - Le modèle systémique : son processus décisionnel; sa composition rationnelle; son interprétation fonctionnelle - L'équilibration des deux cerveaux dans l'évaluation effective - L'acceptation globale de la dimension humaine - La validation des instruments de mesure - L'organisation des objectifs opérationnels - L'implantation - Le décodage de l'information - L'expertise des comportements spontanés - Les documents et les dossiers - Le codage des observations.

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Évaluation de programmes en prévention du suicide

Ce livre traite des différentes questions liées à l'évaluation de programmes en prévention du suicide, apporte des solutions pour affiner le choix d'indicateurs valables et des méthodes de recherche adaptées à la problématique du suicide.

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Évaluation du niveau conceptuel par la méthode du paragraphe à compléter

La mesure du niveau conceptuel renseigne sur la façon dont une personne appréhende un objet de connaissance ou sur la complexité de son système conceptuel. Ce test n’est pas une mesure de l’intelligence mais plutôt une évaluation de la manière d’interagir dans une situation d’apprentissage.

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Évaluation du potentiel humain dans les organisations

Orienté vers la pratique et fondé sur les recherches récentes en psychologie, cet ouvrage présente en détail comment élaborer et valider de façon scientifique les nombreux instruments de mesure utilisés en gestion des ressources humaines. Il est une source d'information indispensable pour les domaines de relations industrielles, de psychologie industrielle/organisationnelle et des ressources humaines. Ce livre comporte de nombreux exemples du monde réel, ce qui en fait autant un outil de références pour le spécialiste de la mesure, qu'un compagnon utile en cas de litige ou de poursuite devant les tribunaux.

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Évaluation psychosociale auprès de familles vulnérables

Edited by George M. Tarabulsy

Avec une portée décidément pratique, portant sur la description de phénomènes sociaux, psychologiques et familiaux, cet ouvrage se veut un guide utile et actuel solidement fondé sur les connaissances fondamentales, mais touchant des préoccupations quotidiennes, adaptées au contexte québécois de l'intervention sociale. L'objectif général est d'aborder l'évaluation psychosociale de la famille pour aider le travail des intervenants sociaux dans un contexte de risque social.

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