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General Information

Name:  Marva Collins  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Monroeville, Alabama

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Illinois Connection

Marva Collins attended Chicago Teachers College and Columbia University, and has lived in Chicago since 1975.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marva Collins is the founder and director of Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois.She has received many awards including the The Jefferson Award for Benefiting the Disadvantaged, The Humanitarian Award for Excellence, Legendary Women of the World Award and the prestigious National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004.

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Titles At Your Library

Marva Collins' Way
ISBN: 0874775728

TarcherPerigee. 1990

"America would be infinitely better served if Marva Collins' philosophy of education somehow could become franchised and implemented on a national scale."--Alex Haley, author of ROOTS

Marva Collins offers a beacon of hope in the midst of America's educational crises. MARVA COLLINS' WAY recounts Marva Collins' successful teaching strategies and offers inspirational advice on how to motivate children to fulfill their potential. This updated edition contains a new epilogue for parents and teachers.

"The first things we are going to do here, children, is an awful lot of believing in ourselves." With these words, Marva Collins greets her students and opens them up to a potential many never thought possible. It is her constant "You can do it" that convinces her students there is nothing they cannot achieve. This independent-minded teacher's drive, courage, and dedication has helped her students reach high levels of accomplishment,. Her story can be any parent's or teacher's model.

MARVA COLLINS' WAY is a prescription for effective teaching and graphic indictment of what is wrong with much of American education today. More than just an account of one teacher's struggles and successes, it demonstrates a teacher's technique that can be applied in every classroom and home.

In 1981, this book was made into the TV movie The Marva Collins Story starring Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman.

Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers
ISBN: 1878901419

Hampton Roads Publishing. 1992

Marva Collins embodies all that is meant by that hallowed word. . .teacher. She gives of herself tirelessly so that those whose minds are supple may grasp knowledge and power through her love. Indeed love, like that of a mother for her children, is the essence of the Marva Collins Way. . .love of learning, love of teaching, and love of sharing. It charges her mission with an incredible power to heal broken spirits.

Discover the power to truly teach, whether it be one child or many. Children don't have to be geniuses to be successful. By the power of the extraordinary teacher, each and everyone can achieve extraordinary success. You can be that teacher or parent.

In this book, Marva Collins reveals the secret of her success and the principles which will aid you to duplicate her achievements - first within yourself, then within your classroom or in your own home. Here is an opportunity to expand your teaching ability with the aid of one who has stretched the boundary through her own bold experiments. It works. Go for it. Renew your spirit. The Extraordinary teacher is you.

Values: Lighting the Candle of Excellence : A Practical Guide for the Family
ISBN: 0787110078

Dove Entertainment Inc. 1996

Filled with games, poems, songs, exercises and daily proverbs, Values will help listeners encourage their families to learn the importance of developing lasting principles such as kindness, self-esteem, courage, confidence, reliability, sense of identity and more.



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