Dr. McHatton Presentation 4/6/09
· Dr. Patty McHatton is a professor at the University of South Florida who witnessed injustices in her own high school experience and again during her college teacher education program. She dropped out of high school herself and did not begin college for over two decades. She now dedicates herself to working directly with students and creating a space for hearing their voices to better prepare future educators to work towards social justice and create successful school experiences for all students. She said, “This work speaks to my soul.”
· Students can teach us, there is much to learn from the students.
· Children are the best measure of how teachers are doing.
· Dr. McHatton’s current work displays work done by students who have dropped out of high school; she supports them in telling their stories, describing their experiences, and relaying their perceptions to future and current educators.
· Students have a vision and teachers need to focus on making sure the students know exactly what they need to do to fulfill their vision.
· More attention needs to be directed to the relationship between teachers and students. This theme keeps recurring in the stories of high school dropouts that Dr. McHatton works with.
· We need to find a way to give students a voice.
· Students who have dropped out have not been nurtured in school, schools are not structured to meet the needs of some students.