Here is some exciting news! Stuart Glogoff of the University of Arizona has mentioned Chalkboard Champions in his blog on the web site Through Our Parents’ Eyes. The reference is related to educator Eulalia Bourne, a remarkable teacher who worked with Native American and Mexican American youngsters in mining camps and cattle ranches in various Arizona schools. Her fascinating life story is described at length in Chalkboard Champions in Chapter 7. You can read Stuart Glogoff’s post by simply clicking on the following link:
Julia Richman (1855-1912) was a truly remarkable educator. The daughter of Jewish immigrant parents, Julia declared at a surprisingly early age that she would reject the traditional role of wife and mother and opt for a career in teaching instead. At 15, she enrolled in college courses at New York City’s Female Normal College, the precursor to Hunter College, graduating fourth in her class in 1872. She then devoted the next forty years of her life to teaching and improving the lives of the Jewish immigrant students who were entrusted to her care, first as their teacher, later as a principal, and finally as a district superintendent. During her tenure, she pioneered innovative programs for handicapped students, English-language learners, and troubled youth, and she instituted vocational education programs, and much-needed courses in health and hygiene. Many of her innovations are common practice in schools throughout the country today. In addition to her work in the schools, Julia worked indefatigably to better the lives of New York’s Eastern European immigrants through the Educational Alliance, the most important Jewish charitable organization located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A wonderful book about Julia Richman was recently published by scholar Selma Cantor Berrol; the book is entitled Julia Richman: A Notable Woman. You can find this book on the web site for Barnes and Noble and also on amazon.com. I have also devoted a chapter of my book, Chalkboard Champions, to this most extraordinary educator. My book can be found at amazon.com at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Chalkboard-Champions.