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Wednesday, July 15 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm
#NoPressure: Achieving Social Justice Through Challenge Based Learning in a CTE Environment

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and dedicated people can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

At Thomas A Edison CTE High School, we strive to incorporate our technical and vocational skills into our academic classes. It is the goal of our workshop to explain how the CTE classes we taken inspired us to use the skills that we have acquired to advance the world. From every conference we’ve done to every position paper we’ve written we have learned and experienced so much, and it made us think that we could do something about the problems we see in the world. Because of the passion and desire that our class has for making a difference, we have put actions to our words. Our class sponsors the Human Enlightenment Centre, a girls vocational school in Pakistan that suffers from regular lapses in electrical supply.  In an effort to help, our class has combined our shop skills and created a solar panel battery charger to alleviate the issue.  We are designing a human rights museum in our high school to expose the problems that our class is trying to resolve. In addition our class is also producing a textbook on Apple iBooks that future classes will use as a continuously evolving textbook.

Changing the world cannot start without changing ourselves. It is our hope that the big challenges of the future can be met by the small steps we make today. We know that we can be the change we want to see in the world, as Gandhi once told us to be. We chose a song called "Heroes" as our anthem, not because we each think we are, but because we have learned that all it takes to be heroes is that one small step that can change tomorrow for everyone.


Genesis Jackson

Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School

Jordan Kanneh

Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School

Anne Marie Mangal

Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School

Trisha Samaroo

Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School

Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

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