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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)|
With its revolutionary work-study program and focus on character development, the Cristo Rey Network's values-based education model has presented a new vision in school administration and reinvented urban education. In Putting Education to Work, the inspiring Cristo Rey story is told from its humble beginnings in an inner-city Chicago neighborhood to its current network of 28 participating schools and 9,000 students in underserved communities across the nation, boasting an unprecedented 100 percent college acceptance rate. Through amazing stories of hardship and transformation, the effectiveness of the Cristo Rey method is brought to life, embodied by lifelong learners who can now reimagine their futures, unleash their inner potential, and fulfill their hopes and dreams by preparing for success in college and in life.
Proceeds from this book will go toward the Cristo Rey Network's mission of providing quality Catholic college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. By purchasing this book, you become part of the Network, joining schools, employers, university partners, and other benefactors in providing the opportunity for college success to thousands of students across America today.
Megan Sweas is a journalist who writes about social and economic justice issues and world religions. She previously was an editor at U.S. Catholic magazine. Sweas was an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she earned a master's degree in specialized journalism. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
“Cristo Rey is magical. What you see is hope and optimism.”
“Children gain advantages in maturity when they are exposed to the business world, which grounds them in their future business life. These students are providing value that no one else is…this is a real win-win.”
“The educational quality of the program is fundamentally different in kind from what anyone else offers because these students are employable. They come in articulate, bright, well dressed, and ready to work. For our part, we have to be good adult influences in their lives. It lifts everyone’s game.”
“The achievement of children should trump all other considerations. If we could use a voucher or tax-credit scholarship to send a child to Cristo Rey, where a much higher percent of graduates go to college than in traditional public schools, why would we not do that?”
“It seems the real purpose of education has been recovered here. The author has told it well, interspersing personal stories among this readable chronicle.”