A book has just been written about ODW-USA. The book is titled “Global Activism in an American School: From Empathy to Activism.”
The author, Associate Professor in the Master of Arts Teaching Program at Drew University, Professor Linda Swerdlow, spent 7 years researching ODW-USA at one of the co-founding schools.
This book details her encouraging findings and provides educators, parents and students a guidebook on what ODW-USA is, how to join ODW-USA, how to become a part of a student voted, meaningful and sustainable global aid project EACH SCHOOL YEAR in a village each year in places like: Haiti, Nepal, India, El Salvador, Kenya, Zimbabwe and more.
This book explains how ODW-USA, since 1998, has provided students with an opportunity to work together in a democratic way (nominate, debate, lobby, vote) to change peers’ lives in a developing country each school year. Along the way, U.S. students actually practice democracy and not just get tested on it.
The book contains endorsements from:
Christopher J. Campisano, director, Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation
Heather Singmaster, associate director, education, the Asia Society
J. Brian Atwood, former Administrator of USAID; now a Senior Fellow , Watson Institute, Brown University
Daniel Gilbert, Principal, Broad Meadows Middle School