Putting Education to Work

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Putting Education to Work

How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education

By Megan Sweas

HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780062288011, 264pp.

Publication Date: August 19, 2014


With its revolutionary work-study program and focus on character development, the Cristo Rey Network's values-based education model has presented a new vision in school administration and reinvented urban education. In Putting Education to Work, the inspiring Cristo Rey story is told from its humble beginnings in an inner-city Chicago neighborhood to its current network of 28 participating schools and 9,000 students in underserved communities across the nation, boasting an unprecedented 100 percent college acceptance rate. Through amazing stories of hardship and transformation, the effectiveness of the Cristo Rey method is brought to life, embodied by lifelong learners who can now reimagine their futures, unleash their inner potential, and fulfill their hopes and dreams by preparing for success in college and in life.

Proceeds from this book will go toward the Cristo Rey Network's mission of providing quality Catholic college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. By purchasing this book, you become part of the Network, joining schools, employers, university partners, and other benefactors in providing the opportunity for college success to thousands of students across America today.

About the Author
Megan Sweas is a journalist who writes about social and economic justice issues and world religions. She previously was an editor at U.S. Catholic magazine. Sweas was an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she earned a master's degree in specialized journalism. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.