ASK Specialist: Harvesting Hope

For the last four years, we’ve been partnering with Region 20, in San Antonio, TX to do an ASK program on the book, Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Our students read the book, and are interviewing a panel of former migrant workers at Region 20. This program is particularly powerful, as most of the districts in our area serve migrant workers who spend part of the year in Michigan and part of the year in Texas. Each of the panel members spent time working in Michigan, so the connection is strong.

Here is a sample of the questions students from three schools asked today:

  • What would you say to Cesar Chavez if he was still alive today?
  • How would you have done things differently if you were Cesar?
  • Would you rather work in the field or go to school?
  • We read that Cesar Chavez had 8 children. Do you know if any of his children are working to keep his legacy alive?
  • What are you thoughts on how migrants should have been treated?
  • What was your reaction to the harsh conditions? Did you ever join a protest or boycott?
  • What was your most memorable experience as a migrant worker?
  • Do you think it is better being a migrant worker or doing the job you’re doing now? and why?
  • How has Cesar Chavez’ work changed a generation of migrant workers?

As you can see, some very powerful learning went on! This program also helps our students understand better their fellow students who are migrant workers. A special thank you to Susan Altgelt and the bridging team at Region 20 for making this happen!

About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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