by Megan Sweas —
Focusing on character growth, the Cristo Rey network’s value-based education model ensures the formation of a “whole person” who understands his or her role in helping others and has presented a new vision in school administration and reinvented urban education.
The book tells the inspiring story from its humble beginnings in inner-city Chicago 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 — a testimonial to the effectiveness of the program as demonstrated through the lives of its students — the Cristo Rey method is brought to life, embodied by life long 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.
Presenting the lessons learned along the way, Putting Education to Work shows how any school can benefit from the Cristo Rey model and, in turn, offers a hopeful outlook of what young people and determined educators can achieve.
$24.99 hardcover — HarperOne™ is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, 353 Sacramento St., Ste. 500, San Francisco, CA 94111-3653.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 34, Number 1, February/March 2015.