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Transferring lessons to reform of public education

Charla Agnoletti believes that in order to change the world, one must start at home.

“She literally walked into our office the summer before her freshman year and said, ‘I want to do Public Achievement, I want to work with Denver public school students,’” says Frank Coyne, associate director for Denver University’s Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. “And Charla never looked back.”

“Through Public Achievement, I’ve learned that change is a process and it’s not something that an individual can do themselves. You have to build relationships and understand what you want to change before you can do it,” Agnoletti says. “I’ve also learned a lot about the U.S. public education system and the realities facing the students and schools.”

Agnoletti plans to work in the field of public education reform. She has been accepted into the Teach for America program and will teach language arts for two years at the new Manny Martinez Middle School in Denver.

Excerpts above from the June 3 edition of DU Today

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