FORA.tv Speaker - Joel Arquillos
Joel Arquillos is the Executive Director at 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring organization that serves youth ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and supports teachers by helping them get their students excited about writing. With locations in Echo Park, Mar Vista, and inside of Manual Arts Senior High School in South Los Angeles, 826LA has become the largest chapter in the 826 National network serving thousands of under-resourced youth throughout Los Angeles every year. 826LA is also the home of the Time Travel Marts — whimsical storefronts that financially support 826LA's free writing programs. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Joel worked alongside Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari as Director of National Programs for 826 National. In that role, he oversaw the opening of 826 Boston, developed the evaluative tools being used at all 826 chapters, and, as a result of Dave Eggers's 2008 Ted Prize wish, he helped create OnceUponaSchool.org, a website that documents and pays tribute to collaborations between individuals and public schools. From 1998 to 2006, Joel taught social studies in the San Francisco Unified School District. Through a collaboration with the Bay Area Writing Project and the National Writing Project, Joel helped pioneer and implement curriculum using blogging and social media for learning in urban classroom settings.
02.22.14 | 00:45:49 min
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