Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Gil Schmerler


Transformation or reform of public schools may be seen as a product of dual divergent forces - one rooted in the ideology of provider and the other arising from collective self-help initiatives for community self-determination. This paper explores, from a personal as well as community perspective, the socio-political underpinnings of creating a public school focused on human rights and the development of the community that gave it birth. It reveals the influences and principles that shaped my life as a community activist as well as the critical events in the history of El Puente ( a community-based organization ) that challenges me to lead, design and establish a "New Visions" public school.


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