In 2007, 600 homeless people took over an unfinished tower block in Caracas, Venezuela, and developed a thriving community. By using the four Cs – communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration – they bettered their lives and showed what can be achieved with great leadership against enormous odds. Together, we will examine what educators can learn from this story, with a particular focus on creating educational communities in the 21st century.
JJ Wilson is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA. He teaches classes in ESL Methods, Linguistics, Publication, and Creative Writing. He has co-authored several ELT courses, including Total English, and Speakout, which won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union prize and was shortlisted for an ELTons award. His methodology book, How to Teach Listening, also won an English Speaking Union prize. JJ writes fiction under the name JJ Amaworo Wilson. His novel, Damnificados, won three awards, and was included on Oprah’s Top 10 list. JJ has lived in 10 countries and trained teachers in 30.
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