Free Trade by Judy W Eby

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Sentence Description (200 characters, including spaces) Seeking a new challenge, Sandra, a happy, successful wife and mom from San Diego, sets off across the border that separates one of the richest cities in the world from one of the poorest cities in the world. Short Description (2,000 characters, including spaces) When a happily married San Diego woman decides to volunteer in Tijuana, she sets off a chain of events that will test the strength of her marriage and leave her life hanging in the balance. Exploring the relationships among people of different cultures and socio-economic groups in the US and Mexico, Free Trade challenges social norms in a profoundly moving story of cities separated physically by a thin fence and psychically by a wide chasm. For Sandra, a happy life of contentment in San Diego with Dan, her airline pilot husband, is no longer enough when her now-grown sons leave for college. Taking a leave of absence from her job as a school administrator, she seeks volunteer opportunities and becomes involved in a reading literacy program known as Rolling Readers. Enjoying it very much, she volunteers to join a doctor on a medical mission to Tijuana, a decision that will change her life forever. In conflict with her husband’s desires to sail and travel with him when he flies to interesting locations, Sandra remains committed to the Tijuana community center and the children she works with. As the fabric of her marriage begins to fray, a sudden and violent storm traps her in a broken-down shanty on a Tijuana hillside with a mother and young child. When the foundation gives way, they are propelled down a muddy chasm, trapped and fighting for their lives. For women in mid-life crises interested in new challenges, Eby delivers the impassioned message that it is never too late to make a difference in one’s community. She encourages the reader to widen her search and redefine her concept of community; crossing new borders in the process. Erik Erikson’s theory of positive vs. negative life choices in human development is at the foundation of this story. Eby illuminates how discovering a new sense of purpose at mid-life results in generativity vs. self-absorption, a reminder that there is no greater feeling than helping our fellow human beings. Free Trade is a compelling, heartfelt journey to the shared spaces of the human experience.

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Elliot Eisner described the role of a "educational connoisseur" in his book "The Educational Imagination" (3rd edition, 1994, Merrill/Prentice Hall). "The major distinction between connoisseurship and criticism is this: connoisseurship is the art of appreciation, criticism is the art of disclosure" (p. 215). He goes on to say that experience counts in the development of connoisseurship. "To develop connoisseurship one must have a desire to perceive subtleties, to become a student of human behavior, to focus one's perception" (p. 216). We'd like to believe that this book was written by two very enthusiastic educational connoisseurs. JUDY EBY began teaching in 1969 and has been a classroom teacher, coordinator of a gifted program, a teacher educator (De Paul University, University of San Diego, and San Diego State University), and a mentor teacher in the Beginning Teacher Support Academy with the San Diego Unified School district. Now retired, she still enthusiastically pursues her role as a connoisseur of the best educational practices. She actively searches out and researches best practices and shares her experiences and perceptions with other educators. She offers her experience to school districts as an educational consultant, specializing in the development of reflective action and professional portfolios for teachers. She also volunteers in children's literacy programs on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border. Her most treasured project is the Tecolote Centro de Comunidad, children's center in Tijuana, where she has created and runs children's library for the community. She also participates in before- and after-school programs on both sides of the border. BecauseJudy knows that teacher educators deserve to have the ideas of someone currently immersed in teacher education, she invited DEBRA BAYLES MARTIN to co-author this new edition. Debra entered the education profession in 1980 as an intern teacher and completed a dual bachelor's degree in Educational Psychology and Elementary Education. Her Educational Psychology background included work with students who were deaf or hard of hearing, students with speech and articulation difficulties, and educationally challenged individuals. As an elementary school teacher, Debra wrote and directed school musicals and dramatic productions and organized several after-school programs for students in photography, music, physical fitness, and other interest areas. Debra has been involved in teacher education at the university level for 11 years, teaching Reading/Language Arts methods courses and supervising student teachers. She received her M.A. in Reading from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Studies/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1996, Debra helped develop and direct a new teacher education program at San Diego State University (the Accelerated Block), and she still works closely with local school districts to determine ways the university can help schools address educational needs at local and state levels. In 1997 Debra was names Director of the SDSU Community Reading Center, which is part of the Master's program in Reading/Language Arts. Debra teaches graduate assessment and instructional intervention courses at the Center. Community members of all ages and backgrounds are assessed and tutored at the Center by credentialedteachers enrolled in the Master's program. Center clients make excellent literacy growth during tutoring and experience the warm ethos of care that infuses the program. Debra is involved in a number of professional teaching and research organizations, regularly consults on a local and national level, and maintains an active research agenda. She studies how teachers learn to teach and regularly presents her research at national conferences and through professional publications. Debra is the author of a literacy program for illiterate adults and a handbook on creating professional teacher portfolios; she is currently co-authoring a series of instructional materials for young, at-risk readers. Debra enjoys working with teachers, students, and parents at the Center, and welcomes opportunities to counsel students, advise them in independent projects, and introduce them to research processes in their own classrooms or at the Center. She was named Outstanding Faculty Member for the School of Teacher Education in 1999.
Published September 11, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With her children off to college and her job no longer necessary, Sandra, middle-aged mother of two, finds new meaning in her life at a Tijuana community center.

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