- CAREERS…A Curriculum Training Guide. © 2017
- Where Will They Go? Transforming Public Housing in the City of Chicago
- “They Don’t Give A Damn. The Story of the Failed Chicago Projects.”
CAREERS...A Curriculum Training Guide specifications
a researched based, career guide gleaned from my 29 years’ experience as a CTE educator and Perkins Coordinator in Chicago Public Schools. This Curriculum Guide contains: a syllabus, a Rubric for comparison grading, a Table of Contents, a Bibliography, and an Appendix.
Documentary: DVD "They Don't Give A Damn. The Story of the Failed Chicago Projects"
is a vivid and poignant depiction of those who lived and survived public housing in the City of Chicago. The residents are truthful and reflective as they give guttural testimony of the conditions under which they lived.
Where Will They Go? Transforming Public Housing in the City of Chicago
In 1999 the City of Chicago undertook The Plan for Transformation, a redevelopment agenda, that purports to rehabilitate and construct a total of 25,000 new public housing units. This book provides a look at the worldview of the displaced residents.
CAREERS…A Curriculum Training Guide © 2017.
1. includes secondary pedagogy but also andragogy in the form of Adult Identity Formation as a comparison to regular A thru F grading requirements;
2. directs each lesson to act as a lesson plan for easy accommodation;
3. introduces foundational skills, soft skills, and social emotional learning skills into each lesson;
4. has timed classroom activities;
5. ends each lesson with a Reflection/Action requirement;
6. provides each lesson with an array of websites, which are aligned to the topic, eliminating the need for workbooks;
7. includes a Boot Camp to be used as individualized instruction or for a summer or short term program.
Each lesson infuses metacognition skills for daily practice. I know of no other guide offering these instructional concepts. This Curriculum Guide contains: a syllabus, a Rubric for comparison grading, a Table of Contents, a Bibliography, and an Appendix.
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Prior to writing the Guide I spoke with various workforce directors. The most pressing need, from their perspective, was soft skills. Recently, a Chicago secondary principal stressed the need for emotional skills. Udemy, an online learning platform, recently wrote that soft skills were very much needed in today’s environment. That is why each lesson leads off with these needed skills. To further support my curriculum, I utilized National Business Education Career Objectives and Illinois State Board of Education Standards. As a former CTE/business educator, I am aware of the need for this type of Guide. I served as a Marketing/Distributive Education Coordinator for many years at the secondary level.
I am open to offering a presentation. I am looking forward to your response and feedback for CAREERS…A Curriculum Training Guide © 2017.
THEY DON’T GIVE A DAMN. THE STORY OF THE FAILED CHICAGO PROJECTS.
Filmmaker: Dorothy Appiah, Ed.D.
Film Synopsis: They Don’t Give A Damn. The Story of the Failed Chicago Projects (2016) gives a visceral look into the lives of public housing residents in the City of Chicago. The residents were without voice, direction, and some survived without hope. This film should make urban planners and housing authority officials lean toward a more humane way to redirect, implement, and disburse thousands of individuals into decent and affordable housing…especially when Planning to demolish thousands of units of squalor. This type of public housing displacement is not exclusive to Chicago.
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Background on Issue
This documentary examines the history of housing projects on the south side of Chicago. The film depicts the experiences of those living in the projects as well as the financial and social challenges they face. The “Projects” of Chicago housed low-income populations, especially the African American community in the 1960s. The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) used high-rise apartments to accommodate these residents, and according to the voices of these residents, they were “confined” into “a city-within-a-city” or a neighborhood that was separate. What would it be like living in such a community in the 21st century? Considering today’s political socio/economic context, what responses and reactions would the American people and the global community offer towards addressing such issue? This film provides an opportunity to learn about the issues of race, class, and public housing in the 20th century.
Where Will They Go? Transforming Public Housing in the City of Chicago.
In 1999 the City of Chicago undertook The Plan for Transformation, a redevelopment agenda, that purports to rehabilitate and construct a total of 25,000 new public housing units. This book provides a look at the worldview of the displaced residents: their identity formation, their perceptions of public housing, their thoughts and feelings about redevelopment, their underlying fear of neighborhood gentrification, the cultural myth that perpetuates status value, adult learning, and the implementation of Chicago’s transformative plan. As public housing transforms across the country, urban planners and housing administrators at all levels should analytically review Chicago’s Plan for Transformation. The lessons learned from the hardships of these residents should help eradicate the practice of mass displacements. Transforming public housing is excellent; however, understanding how to transform housing and disperse residents with dignity is the issue. Hopefully, methods of displacement that are truly participatory, more supportive of and sensitive to the needs of the residents will be instituted.
Dorothy M. Appiah, Ed.D., MPA, BSBA
Twenty years of experience in workforce education as an instructor in Career and Technical Education.