David Rosen

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When I left Nigeria in 1967, I went to Liberia for two years and a few months. Although I had loved being in Nigeria, I also liked Liberia, for different reasons. In Liberia I continued teaching and teacher training and also started a tie and dye cloth cooperative.

When I returned to the states I joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst Teacher Corps program (with, as it turned out, Owen Hartford, and another volunteer from Liberia, Maxine Gary, and volunteers from all over Africa.) Our mission was to introduce African cultures and accurate, up-to-date, un-stereotyped, first-hand information to Worcester, Massachusetts public school students. It was a dynamic program, with some experienced teachers, nearly all of whom had been Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa.

After completing an M.A. in International Education, I went on at UMass Amherst to do a doctorate in curriculum development and evaluation. I helped to create and became the first director of a publicly funded alternative high school, was a program advisor and then academic dean of a small liberal arts college without a campus, headed up education services for an employment program for out-of-school youth, and then became -- for over a decade -- the director of UMass Boston's Adult Literacy Resource Institute.

Having retired from the University in 2003 I have been a full-time consultant with education and employment and training projects in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Haiti, South Africa, and Northern Cyprus, as well as in the U.S. Some of my work involves adults; some involves out-of-school youth; much of it involves integrating technology, both in the classroom and through distance or blended learning. Three of my favorite projects are the Learner Web, sponsored by Portland State University, the McDonald's blended workplace English program called "English Under the Arches," and a project with Owen called the Media Library of Teaching Skills http://mlots.org

My wife, Rita, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia (although we met later). She taught art in the Weston, Massachusetts public schools for over 30 years, and now is a volunteer guide at the Arnold Arboretum (jointly owned by Harvard and the City of Boston). We have lived in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston, since 1978.

As Owen mentioned, he and I started the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society http://hornpipe.org and search for "Gloucester Hornpipe" on YouTube.com in the mid 1970's and,like the Rolling Stones, it continues to this day. (That's as far as the comparison goes.)

I was recently in Liberia, was last year in South Africa, and hope that more of my work will focus on Africa. I especially hope to return to Nigeria.


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