Millie Jeffrey - Subject of New Book by Palo Alto High School Students --Available Now!

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WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT
Here is your opportunity to explore the results of a year long investigation into the life of an extremely important, yet virtually unknown, American heroine.  Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, fought for her beliefs like no other, and in doing so contributed to American history uniquely. 
 
MAJOR FORCE IN AMERICAN POLITICS
A longstanding advocate of equality for women and all races, Millie directly influenced the campaigns of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Geraldine Ferraro, Debbie Stabenow, Jennifer Granholm, Barbara Mikulski, and countless others. 
 
A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIELD BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Five full classes of Palo Alto High School students, as a regular part of their studies as 11th graders, undertook an exploration of Millie's life after learning about her from a telegram brought into class by their teacher.   This telegram was unusual in that it was the actual telegram sent to her from Robert Kennedy asking for her support before announcing his candidacy for the presidency in 1968. 
 
DOCUMENT-BASED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
Taking advantage of instructional design featuring primary documents, students were turned loose framed only by their interests and sheer determination to be important storytellers.  At Paly, as our school is called, this year's group of students took the opportunity to explore Millie's life, making an incredible book, available now for the first time. 

millieandgov.jpgHere is Millie Jeffrey with Governor Jennifer Granholm in an amazing picture taken by John Greilick of the Detroit News the night of her primary victory, August 6, 2002. It is one of our very favorite photos and the Detroit News and Mr. Greilick kindly allowed us to use it in our book, however, we accidentally left out the credit.  We hope this helps rectify the error.
 
 
 
 
 

TO ORDER MILLIE JEFFREY BOOK KEEP AT IT:
 
Send $10 + $2 postage = 12.00 per copy 
 
Call           650-329-3836
 
email         drapaport@pausd.org
 
write         David Rapaport
                Palo Alto High School 
                50 Embarcadero Road
                Palo Alto, CA  94301 

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Click here for a fine story about students meeting Millie's daughter, Sharon Lehrer, written by Paly student Connie Yang.

A lifetime pioneer for workers', civil and women's rights, Jeffrey became a union organizer in Philadelphia in 1935 for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. In 1945, she became the first female department head of the United Auto Workers union. In the 1950s and 60s, Jeffrey became more active in the civil rights movement, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and registering voters in Mississippi. In the 1970s, she helped establish the National Women's Political Caucus, fighting for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, child care and equal pay legislation....

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In the News

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This is the cover of the new book, Keep At It, written by David Rapaport, Ed.D. and 150 11th Grade students from Palo Alto High School.  Students  investigated Millie's life as part of a long term class project based on a telegram sent to her by then candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 
 
The book is now available by contacting the school's Social Studies Department at 650-329-3836 or sending an email to drapaport@pausd.org.
 

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Meet the Challenge!

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What a great moment for Millie, to be awarded the nation's highest honor for a civilian. 

Millie's Bio from Reuther Library at Wayne State University

Please join the discussion by contributing to the blog and sharing a story about Millie. Send posts to drapaport@pausd.org.

Contact: David Rapaport  drapaport@pausd.org  650-329-3836 

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