The Story Behind Merge
A creative learner, Bill had struggled under traditional teaching methods - he eventually realized that the problem wasn't with him but with the way he had been taught, and that his was a common experience for creative people.
As he got heavily into teaching he understood that like most people he learned best through relationship and emotional relevance, and that learning can happen quite naturally once a person's strengths are developed. He developed his teaching approach that accommodates this process.
Rossi has authored:
- a teachers' guide on his arts mentoring approach - Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed
- evaluation software for student evaluation and assessment and afterschool program management - SETS: Student Evaluation & Tracking System.
This video documents the arts nonprofit Bill founded and directed:
Wander de C. Braga MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Albany, NY
This volume is well worth reading. By providing the tools to reach a person's underlying spirit, or essence, Bill Rossi's approach enables teachers to bring forth aspects of students' being that truly humanize them.
Elinor A. Graham MD, MPH
Medical Director, Children and Teens clinic, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
In my 25 years as a pediatrician I have never seen another approach that turns around youths' lives as well as this one does.
Senior Fellow, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; co-author, A Legacy of Learning
Bill Rossi reminds us that young people cannot grow up complete unless art, music and creativity are part of their lives, and demonstrates how to bring out the best in students with specific instructional approaches encouraging mentoring, strength-based teaching, motivation, and putting students first.
What he demonstrates is that effective education is … about encouraging young people’s innate love of learning.