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Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards 2008

The 2008 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards winners include educators who are sharing effective teaching methods worldwide via blogs and streaming videos, connecting students to their communities while raising money for orphans in South Africa, producing a student-led documentary on the fabled Bronx borough of New York City, or providing parents a way to connect with their children’s teachers through ATM-like kiosks in grocery stores among other innovative approaches.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Harriet Romo, Associate Professor, The Navarro Academy/University of Texas at San Antonio, General Excellence Award

Interview with Harriet Romo. [MP3, 13.2 MB]

Harriet Romo set out to create a laboratory school that demonstrates the best practices in early education and provides a learning site for Head Start teachers working to earn their Associate and/or Bachelor's degrees. Her years of dedicated work resulted in the creation of San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD)/University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Early Childhood Development Center, an exemplary child development center at an alternative high school in San Antonio. Knowing that high quality, early education impacts future educational achievement, the Center sought to create a unique partnership model that enhances the learning of students of all ages: from low-income pre-school children, to college-aged teachers-in-training, to high school teen parents, and education professionals. As a lab school for University of Texas at San Antonio, the Center allows pre-service students studying early childhood education to observe classroom situations from the downtown campus through distance learning technology. Most important, the Center serves as a community gathering place, offering a reading center for children with limited language development, parenting classes, and instruction on home ownership and small business development. Thanks to its success, The SAISD/UTSA Center has received a $1 million gift to design and build a playground, continue the UTSA community-based learning projects, and support a Child and Adolescent Development Policy Research Institute at UTSA.

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