TURNING POINTS—Healing Pillars for Programs And for People

My former Community College of Philadelphia colleagues, Pascal Scoles and Francesca DiRosa, explain in “The Healing Pillars of Collegiate Recovery—A Community College Model of Recovery And Education”(to be published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research And Practice), that individuals in recovery need (and services for them should provide) five things: “(1) a sense of … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Healing Pillars for Programs And for People

TURNING POINTS—Learning And Recovery: The Connections

We’ve all heard expressions like, “You can take the boy out of Philly, but you can’t take the Philly out of the boy.” I think about that in smile-infested mid-coast Maine when I wear the t-shirt my daughter gave me, which reads, “I’m not angry. I’m from Philly.” There’s often truth in such identifications, even … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Learning And Recovery: The Connections

TURNING POINTS—Useful Environments Lead to Independence

The social, cultural, and physical environments in which we live play an influential role in our lives. It’s time we gave credit to a segment of higher education that makes a difference for many of our most vulnerable students—community colleges. Pictured here are students whose educational journeys have already led them to Independence (KS) and … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Useful Environments Lead to Independence

TURNING POINTS—Mistakes Are Part of the Process

Again, a column by Philadelphia Inquirer writer Susan Snyder provides useful information about learning. http://www.philly.com/education/temple-professor-failure-success-resume-20190112.html  (Photography by uncredited Inquirer photographer) As usual, Snyder illustrates her points with compelling stories about memorable people. And the take-away applies to all of us. One of her most recent articles tells us that Temple professor Doug Webber has gone … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Mistakes Are Part of the Process

TURNING POINTS–Looking at Success and Failure (Part 1)

The first two posts of 2019 focused on one of my favorite stories from 2018, Hazim Hardeman’s journey from North Philly to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. As with so many people, his path to success has involved failure. I’ve never been to Oxford, let alone studied there, but I have attended the two … Continue reading TURNING POINTS–Looking at Success and Failure (Part 1)

TURNING POINTS—Favorite Story of the Year Part II

Hazim Hardeman’s story reaches me and teaches me. Here is the second installment in the two-part December series of pieces that Susan Snyder wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer. http://www.philly.com/education/a/hazim-hardeman-rhodes-scholar-oxford-university-england-temple-20181219.html Bonus link about the young man’s journey from Community College of Philadelphia (pictured here) to Oxford. https://hechingerreport.org/student-voice-he-started-in-community-college-and-now-hes-a-rhodes-scholar/ And here’s the official University of Oxford listing for … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Favorite Story of the Year Part II