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Fall 2005

IU alumna Nancy Uslan travels to Rwanda.  Upon returning Nancy
approaches IU and TEAM Schools about developing a project for Kabwende Primary School.

Summer 2008

TEAM Schools send Ali Nagle to Kabwende Primary School to perform a needs assessment.

Fall 2008

IU School of Education Professor Beth Lewis Samuelson becomes a Faculty advisor to Books & Beyond and develops a research agenda based on the project.

Books & Beyond launches with 25 Global Village and 16 TEAM School students.

Spring 2009

Students raise over $20,000 to support travel and printing of 2000 Copies of “The World is Our Home:  Volume I”.

Professor Samuelson creates a curriculum to aid the teachers at the Kabwende Primary School in using the books to teach critical literacy.

Summer 2009

A team of eleven representatives from IU and TEAM Schools travels to Rwanda to deliver 2000 copies of the book to the Kabwende Primary School and host curriculum workshops for the teachers.

Fall 2009

The second year of Books & Beyond launches with 16 TEAM Schools' students visiting IU to begin the writing process. 40 Global Village students and 30 Kabwende Primary School students also join the project.

Spring 2010

Students raise $45,000 to fund the project.

"The World is Our Home: Volume II" is published containing 47 stories written by Kabwende, TEAM, and Global Village students.

Summer 2010

A team of five representatives travel to Rwanda to deliver 2100 copies of the book, conduct student writing workshops and teacher development training at Kabwende Primary School.

Fall 2010 The third year of the project kicks off with 60 Global Village students and 16 TEAM Schools students. A team of four AmeriCorps Service-Engagement Corps members serves as the project's first leadership team. TEAM Schools students travel to IU to begin work on their stories.
Spring 2011 Global Village students travel to Newark, New Jersey, for the third year in a row and complete their stories with their writing partners. "The World is Our Home: Volume III" is prepared for publication by April 2011.
Summer 2011 Eight students and teachers from the Global Village and TEAM schools travel to Rwanda to deliver the third volume of the book. While at Kabwende, the delegation holds English conversation circles for students and teachers, workshops in writing and illustrating, and a community dialogue about the future of the project. 15 Rwandan students write and illustrate stories for the next volume of the book.
Fall 2011 Books & Beyond enters its fourth year with 72 Global Village students and 14 TEAM Schools students. The student leadership team is expanded to include a total of nine student leaders, including five AmeriCorps Service-Engagement Corps members. 

Future of the Books & Beyond project

Books & Beyond will continue to engage students at the Kabwende Primary School, IU Global Village, and TEAM Schools in writing and publishing stories; and documenting, fundraising, and evaluating the project.  Books & Beyond will work closely with the Rwandan Ministry of Education to develop Kabwende Primary School as a center for teaching and learning in Rwanda.  The Kabwende Center for Teaching & Learning would increase the number of teachers receiving professional development training in the Books & Beyond curriculum, provide access to books for more students, and encourage competition amongst story writers.