FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Dr. Anthony Dallmann-Jones, a professor in Marian's Differentiated Instruction for Alternative Learning (DIAL) Program, presented at the International Council on At-Risk Education (ICARE) Conference on November 10-11, 2010. This, the first annual global conference on at-risk education, was held at the Fortura Riverside Hotel in Singapore and focused on the topic of "Sharing mutual concerns in the educating of at-risk youth."
Dr. Dallmann-Jones presented on the topic of his book "Shadow Children: Understanding Education's #1 Issue" and on "Educating for Human Greatness," a book that he edited this past year.
"There are very few differences in at-risk kids or effective programming for them, whether they are from the U.S. or Singapore or Israel. All kids need love and good upbringing or they carry their unfinished business to school and create learning difficulty for everyone," said Dallmann-Jones.
While in Singapore, Dr. Dallmann-Jones was able to tour two schools that were set up specifically for at-risk youth and commented on how the faculty was focused on the strengths and talents of the students.
"They are definitely into asset building in their curriculum. It is a lesson to us all in alternative learning that what we focus on expands, so we need to pay more attention to assets than deficiencies," said Dr. Dallmann-Jones.
With over 300 participants, the conference included professional educators at all levels from five different countries - Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Singapore and the United States.