Invite the World

What better way to motivate and inspire students than to offer authentic person to person interactions? Providing opportunities to listen to, speak, dance, and to create art together is a fundamental component of the Words Into Deeds teaching model. Spending time with activists, experts, and artists results in students’ enhanced use of critical thinking, communication, pro-social, and artistic skills. Understanding guests’ points of view broadens outlooks, builds capacity for empathy, and stimulates service learning project ideas. Inspirational and exciting people are invited to bring their world experiences into the learning experiences of Words Into Deeds students.

Distance Learning Guest List 2005-2013


Lost Boys of Sudan,refugees,”Sudan, Africa”
Jane Schuster,poet,”Rochester, New York”
Dee Olufsen,Red Book Shelf Project,”Seneca County, New York”
Jackie Tice,Native American singer songwriter,”Harrisburg, Pennsylvania”
Ichi Ikeda,installation artist,Japan
Jamie Winter Schira,disabled visual artist,USA
Gary Braasch,environmental photographer,”Portland, Oregon”
Claudia Castillo,disabled academic,”Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”
Rich Stein,percussionist,”Brooklyn, New York”
Generation Cool,percussionist troupe,”Rochester, New York”
Jonny Dubowsky,Rock-N-Renew,”New York City, New York”
Dr. Robert Spiegelman,artist and writer,”New York, USA”
Romani artwork,traveling art exhibition,”Jarvonice, Slovakia”
Katalin Papp,Romani visual artist,”New York City, New York”
China AIDS Orphan Fund,traveling art exhibition,China
Eva Olsson,Holocaust survivor,”Ontario, Canada”
David Dresser,elected official (Town Supervisor),”Ovid, New York”
Bartolomeo Misana,micro-economist,”Tanzania, Africa”
Jean Paul Samputu,musician,”Rwanda, Africa”
Hanka Zajackowska,photojournalist,”Warsaw, Poland”
Mizero Children’s Performance Troupe,child musical group,”Rwanda, Africa”
Christine Atim,refugee of genocide,”Juba, Sudan”
Agnes Atim,refugee of war,Democratic Republic of the Congo
Doris Wolf,Seneca County Red Cross,”Seneca Country, New York”
Dallyn Jenkins,Beverly Animal Shelter,”Waterloo, New York”
Jacqueline Murekatete,genocide survivor,”Rwanda, Africa”
Menzo Case,Habitat for Humanity,”Seneca County, New York”
Roxey Ballet,contemporary ballet company,”Lambertville, New Jersey”
Joseph Ole Topinko,Maasai tribal chief,”Kenya, Africa”
Pawel Bakowski,Cornell University Einaudi Center,”Ithaca, New York”
Catherine Perkins,Cornell University Einaudi Center,”Ithaca, New York”
Lee Cutler,Secretary for NYSUT,”Albany, New York”
Kate Holmes,Catholic Charities,”Syracuse, New York”
Nancy Coniff,Ovid Food Pantry,”Ovid, New York”
Jack Howard,John Dau Foundation,”Skaneateles, New York”
Mike Nozzolio,New York State Senator,54-th senate district of New York
Susan Buchel,Hillside Children’s Center,”Romulus, New York”
Medard Gabel,Global Education Motivators,”Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”
Wayne Jacoby,Global Education Motivators,”Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”
Outreach Day Program,ARC of Monroe County,”Rochester, New York”
Marty Luster,”Editor, Positive News (quarterly magazine)”,”Ithaca, New York”
Education group,Southern Tier AIDS program,”Binghamton, New York”
Fran Barbieri,Seneca Falls Historical Society,”Seneca Falls, New York”
Ruthann Hawkins,Cayuga Lake Watershed,”Interlaken, New York”
Options for Independence Inc.,disabilities support organization,”Auburn, New York”
WXXI television station,”“Raising 100,000 Voices” program”,”Rochester, New York”
Nana Anim,musician,”Ghana, Africa”
Denis Okema,child soldier,”Uganda, Africa”
Kingsley Kabari,member of the Ogoni tribe,”Nigeria, Africa”
Annette Ramos,theatre teacher,”Rochester, New York”
Gail Holst-Wahaft,Tompkins County Poet Laureate (2011-2012),”Tompkins County, New York”
Grayson Morely,Rural Migrant Ministry,”Lyons, New York”
Kathleen Theimer and students,North Rose Wolcott Spanish teach/class,”Wolcott, New York”
Various teachers and administrators and students,Mynderse Academy high school,”Seneca Falls, New York”
Sabrina Cusimano,Global Education Motivators,”Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”