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University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2356)
Robert P. Waxler (Project Director: October 2002 to April 2005)

Education Development and Demonstration
Education Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$190,000 (approved)
$180,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 1/31/2005

The Construction of a Web Site and CD-ROM for Changing Lives Through Literature

The development of a website and CD-ROM designed to extend the educational outreach of the Changing Lives Through Literature program.

Changing Lives Through Literature is an internationally-recognized alternative sentencing program that offers literature classes to criminal offenders as an alternative to incarceration. From a single pilot program in 1991, the program has spread throughout Massachusetts and to six other states as well as to England. Recent media reports about the program have spawned interest and inquiries from groups in several states hoping to start new programs. To capitalize on interest in Changing Lives, UMass Dartmouth and contributing professors will build a website that will serve as a clearinghouse of pedagogical information about the program as well as an online forum and resource for professors, court officialas, and current and former students. The site will include sample syllabi, lesson plans, reflections of participants, and information and forms for court officials. Toward the end of a 19-month grant period, a companion CD will be produced for distribution nationwide.