Gwynne Sigel

Freelance Article Writer & Editor

Location:Richboro, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Skills
SUMMARY: Twenty-five years of progressively responsible experience writing, performing, teaching, conducting research, creating, and implementing innovative humanities, arts, educational, and public health programs. Background also includes program evaluation, editing, and grant writing and reviewing. Demonstrated effectiveness in developing, directing, and administering complex projects and in delivering high quality programs.

Pursuit Magazine Philadelphia Writer 1/2011-present
Write a bi-monthly column about Philadelphia’s social history, drawing from stories I collect for PJOHPas well as other stories about philadelphia’s unsung heroes. Pusuit is a new online magazine which launched in January of 2011.

Philadelphia Jewish Oral History Project Director 8/2005-present
Direct a multi-year oral history project of the Sholom Aleichem Club, one of the last surviving organizations within Philadelphia’s old Jewish left community. The project goals include: 1) providing a starting point for an more extensive inquiry into and documentation of Philadelphia’s Jewish and left-wing history, thus filling the gap in existing scholarship about Philadelphia’s progressive Jewish history, 2) educating future generations of progressive Jews about the Club’s legacy and supporting their continuing efforts for social and political change. PJOHP evolved out of my decision to create something of lasting historical value by telling the stories of the Club founders, a pioneering group of Philadelphia Jewish activists, who had been leaders in important efforts for local democratic change and in creating and transmitting a vibrant and progressive Jewish culture to future generations of Philadelphia Jews. Responsibilities include:
· Conducting interviews with surviving founders, family members of deceased founders, and early members of the Sholom Aleichem Club;
· Creating a series of solo-theater performances, which will draw from the interviews I conduct and which will interweave Club members personal stories with dramatizations of historical events that influenced the political context of these stories;
· Writing op-ed pieces, conducting radio interviews and developing other promotional materials about the performance series.
· Developing a writing course for Jewish youth which will teach participants how to use folklore, and oral history interviews to document and perform stories of community and social change;
· Writing a book that documents all phases of PJOHP the Club’s oral history, the solo performance work, and my work with youth..

SCRIBEINK Philadelphia, PA 4/97-present
Freelance writing and research consulting business providing a variety of writing, editing, writ qualitative research services to businesses and and universities and community organizations in and around Philadelphia. Write articles and reports and develop promotional materials for national publications on a variety of topics including: community development, urban school reform, American social history, and AIDS. Teach writing to children and adults. Edit book chapters, reports, newsletters, academic theses, and other manuscripts as requested. Responsibilities included:

· Writing report about Philadelphia neighborhoods and articles about the role of community development organizations in fostering urban education reform as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Association of Community Development Corporations;
· Edited other papers as assigned, Pennsylvania Association of Community Development Corporations
·Creating and performing a series of narratives based on interviews with subjects from THIS IS OUR LIFE —a folk history of Detroit’s Jewish immigrant-left during the 1930’s, the subject of my undergraduate thesis.
· Developing Train-the-Trainer Curriculum for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America which was used nationally in mentoring workshops;
Co-edited ethnographies of urban school reform projects
Edited, THE ADVENTURES OF TIA MIA -- a children's book

TEACHING ARTIST Ann Arbor, MI., St Paul-Minneapolis, MN 1986-1990

Various cities in New Jersey and Connecticut 1996-2000
Responsibilities included: Conducting storytelling, theatre, music, and writing workshops for children and adolescents

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 11/92-9/96
Project Coordinator, Educators Learning about Children with HIV and Drug Exposure: Developed and managed efforts of a national federally-funded project to prepare public school personnel to prepare their colleagues to work with children affected by HIV and/or Drug Exposure. More than 6,000 public school personnel throughout the United States were trained through this program. Responsibilities included:
· Developed and implemented 11 4-day Training Of Trainers workshops in 10 U.S. cities.
· Worked closely with staff from 100 public school district offices to promote and publicize the trainings
· Developed, researched, and compiled accompanying 350-page training resource and curriculum guide which contained sample teaching modules, articles, case studies, teaching activities, and other support materials.
· Taught components of the curriculum as well as facilitated discussions and activities which supported participants’ learning throughout the four-day workshop...
· In response to project participants’ requests, planned, and facilitated one day School AIDS Policy Working Conference for school personnel from participating districts throughout Pennsylvania.
· Assisted in developing project and workshop evaluation instruments to ensure that the stated workshop goals were being met.
· Edited The Connection, ELCHADE’s nationally distributed newsletter.
· Wrote Op-Ed and other articles about AIDS and the project for newspapers and national educational and other social science journals.


· University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
M.S. Ed. with concentration in Social Foundations, History, and Philosophy of Education; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Spring 1999. Masters Thesis: Transforming American Education for Democracy: Community Building for School Reform.

· University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
BA with highest Honors, Major: Folklore Studies; Minor: Music.
May 1984. Thesis: These Are Our Lives: A folk History of Detroit’s Jewish Left Community during the 1930’s.
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Article Writing