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Jay Davidson is living and working in Mauritania, West Africa

Jay Davidson is living and working in Mauritania, West Africa

Jay Davidson is living and working in Mauritania, West Africa

Jay is living and working in Mauritania, West Africa

As an experienced teacher, Jay is working with Mauritania's Ministry of Education as a curriculum development specialist. He is working on the design and production of a national English syllabus, in revising and rewriting existing textbooks, producing English textbooks, peer coaching, and teacher training.

After his first year in Mauritania, Jay was asked by the Peace Corps to revise the existing written materials about Mauritanian culture, so that the new manual could be used for the 2004 training class. You can learn a lot about Mauritanian culture by reading this Cross-Culture Manual.

After Saidou's wedding (post of 09.13.2004, below) Jay got to thinking about the phenomenon of cousins marrying, which is more the rule than the exception in Mauritania. He wrote an e-mail to Cecil Adams, author of The Straight Dope, and his question was answered in the column a few weeks later.

In October, 2004 Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez addressed a National Press Club luncheon and announced that Muslim countries were increasingly asking for volunteers. A United Press International reporter interviewed Jay for an article about this topic.

Jay is writing about his experiences and posting here. All reports reflect Jay's activities. Opinions are his own and do not represent Peace Corps policy.

Meet Jay Davidson

Jay Davidson taught in San Francisco public schools from 1969 to 2003. He began at the junior high school level, grades 7, 8, and 9. He began teaching in elementary schools in 1975.

During his career, Jay enjoyed working with other adults as well as children. He was a mentor teacher for four years, working with new teachers in the school district. He was also a master teacher, working with student teachers from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.

Jay continues working with parents, helping them to understand the importance of their role in educating children. Parents are their children's first, most important, and most consistent teachers.

In 1997, Jay wrote 99 Ways to Guide Your Child to Success in School. It covers the curriculum areas of reading, writing, listening skills, math, science, social studies, and creative expression. It also has information on cooperation with others, responsibility, exercise and motor skills, health and diet, safety, and parent involvement at school.

Jay wrote his Teacher Talk column for the Palo Alto Daily News on its family page from 1998 - 2002. It also has begun to appear in parenting publications around the United States. In this column, he explains some of his educational ideas in greater detail.

Teach Your Children Well: A Teacher's Advice for Parents began as a collection of Teacher Talk columns. It also has more information - the kind of things that were too long for newspaper columns, such as lists of typical spelling words for kindergartners and first graders, collectible authors, book titles, and other useful resources for parents.

When he retired from teaching, Jay was able to fulfill his boyhood ambition of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer. He left San Francisco in June, 2003 to live in Africa for two years. You can follow his adventures via this website, where he is posting weekly.

When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Changing of the Guard Date: December 15 2004 No: 330 Changing of the Guard
With Lloyd Pierson's departure, Marie Wheat has been named acting Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations responsible for the day-to-day management of the Peace Corps. Although Wheat is not an RPCV and has limited overseas experience, in her two years at the agency she has come to be respected as someone with good political skills who listens and delegates authority and we wish her the best in her new position.

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Vasquez sees resurgent interest in PC 14 Dec
Senator who wanted duel with RPCV joins Fox 14 Dec
NPCA planning National Day of Action for PC funding 13 Dec
RPCV "Harry" Chandler votes in Electoral College 13 Dec
Critic says Moyers delivered neo-Marxist propaganda 13 Dec
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PC "Survivor" Julie Berry headed for California 11 Dec
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