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Helen Atkinson graduated in December 2009 and was commended at the ceremony by President Hrabowski. Below is what he said:
"Helen Atkinson will receive the Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture today.
Originally from the U.K., Helen returned to graduate school as a non-traditional
student, balancing her studies and research while helping to raise five teenagers.
She worked in the Baltimore City School system for many years, most recently as
the founder and leader of the Blum Mentoring Program and as a founder and lead
teacher for a new alternative high school. Her research focused on the impact of
students' alternative curricula, including wilderness experiences. She will be
working with UMBC Professor Christine Mallinson on research projects in City
Congratulations, Helen. Your commitment to finding new ways to teach students and
support teachers is impressive -- and honorable. Your dedication to balancing
work and family is inspiring. Please stand."
Helen's dissertation is titled:
“The social construction of curriculum in an urban high school: Creating an
academic community of practice from the ground up"