SIT alumnus Dean Fusto recently published a new book, Which Way Home: A Teachers’ Guide, designed to accompany the Emmy and UNICEF award-winning documentary Which Way Home. Fusto graduated from SIT in 1991 (MAT 22).
Which Way Home is a film that traces the journeys of several unaccompanied child migrants trying to reach the US after leaving their home countries in Central America. In 2010, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.
Which Way Home: A Teachers’ Guide includes a twenty-first century skill framework in designing activities for teachers to use in grades 6 through adult classrooms. The first chapter provides a frame-by-frame analysis of the film, generating more than 150 questions for students. There are also lesson plans focusing on each of the children featured in the film and lesson plans on immigrants, immigration, and social service agencies.
Earlier this year, Fusto’s book The Next Best Thing to Being There was released in a second edition. The Next Best Thing is based on Fusto’s experiences founding two orphanages in the Dominican Republic. Fusto notes that the book was heavily influenced by his years as a student at SIT. As he describes it, “it is designed for teachers that seek experiential approaches to teaching culture in the classroom. It also devotes a chapter to the design of a successful international service-learning/educational program.”
Fusto is currently working on a third book, an article for a national publication, and a webinar entitled “Designing and Implementing an Effective Information Literacy Program.”