Author Biographies

Kim Stein is in her thirteenth year as an educator. She taught in a variety of K-12 settings, including alternative education, before finding her niche at Bridgeport High School. Kim also served as an adjunct professor at SVSU and is a doctoral student at Oakland University. She lives in mid-Michigan with her husband, two children, three dogs, and four cats.


Collaboration with the Youth First Program of Saginaw increased students' engagement in eleventh-grade English. Students bonded with community partners, their teacher, and their peers in new ways which produced an environment of mutual respect and deeper learning. Students engaged in a debate project which garnered recognition from school administrators and community members, who were influenced to enact positive changes for the school community.

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