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Marva Collins

Born: Monroeville, Alabama
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Marva Collins on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Marva Collins' way /
ISBN: 0874775728 OCLC: 22111578

J.P. Tarcher, Los Angeles : ©1990.

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: 9781612831688 OCLC: 894558165

Hampton Roads Pub. Co., Norfolk, VA : ©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.

Ordinary children, extraordinary teachers /
ISBN: 1878901419 OCLC: 26790433

Hampton Roads Pub. Co., Norfolk, VA : ©1992.

  Values :
ISBN: 0787110078 OCLC: 35965590

Dove Audio, Los Angeles, CA : 1996.

Values :
ISBN: 078711040X OCLC: 35896951

Dove Books, Los Angeles, CA : ©1996.

Life presents us with certain opportunities, but how we use them is what counts. Values help us to navigate our way. They guide us to what is important - to ourselves, to our families and communities, and to humankind. Children who are to achieve their dreams need a framework of values they can rely on, one that is instilled in them with love and consistency by parents and teachers. This book is a blueprint for doing just that. Anecdotes, games, poems, exercises, and proverbs will inspire and motivate as you encourage your children to learn dozens of values including confidence, determination, kindness, courage, perseverance, belief, self-reliance, and many others.--BOOK JACKET.