Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Marguerite credits Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore, her third grade teacher, who later became the first black female superintendent of schools, as the inspiration and role model for her work in the education arena. Dr. Sizemore was a powerhouse educator and activist who believed that regardless of the socio-economic background, all children had the ability to learn and grow academically. Early on she embraced the nexus between the arts and intellectual development and was a proponent of arts and education initiatives. I learned these values from her and have applied them to my work as an education consultant.
…..As the founder and president, of the non-profit organization, Tomorrow’s Village, Inc. (501c3), Marguerite has been a leader in creating arts integration pedagogy that is designed to empower urban student social, emotional and academic success through an assortment of non-traditional modalities. Her diverse background serves as a foundation for launching innovative educational and creative work that is transformational in depth and scope. Training and experience as an educator, movement/dance therapist and activist performing artist informs her projects.
As an education strategist, she is a critical resource in developing conceptual frameworks for problem solving and growth. Curricula programs and performances are designed to engage, challenge, and inspire participants to their highest potential. Performance Pedagogy®, her trademarked, curriculum-based personal empowerment theory and methodology, has been honed for over 35 + years in the social science and education fields in both New York and Chicago. It has been used with diverse populations including underemployed and unemployed women, K-12 and college students, administrators, teachers, parents and private clients. The Performance Pedagogy® approach, which counts among its strategies the incorporation of critical and higher order thinking skills training, professional presentation skills development and an embrace of the theory of multiple of intelligences – is particularly effective with urban populations, enabling them to redesign their lives and make positive life choices. The outcomes have been extraordinary: students become more engaged in the learning process, attendance improves, grade levels increase, verbal and physical abuse declines, fear of public speaking is conquered, and there is an upsurge in retention and college enrollment. Youth and adults are empwered to move beyond their perceived limitations. Psychoanalyst, Dr. Jacobus Schmidt was and is my psychological parent! Travleling with me through the wounds of childhood trauma – an outgrowth of historical trauma, he was my lighthouse through the storms of self-examination. Schmidt was a guide as I emerged to analyze what I had learned. Putting it into practice, our years together helped me identify the adult wings I needed to fly and the ability to support others on their inner journeys.”
Tomorrow’s Village, Inc., 501(c)(3), is an arts integration and personal empowerment production company. It uses the theory and methodology, Performance Pedagogy® to under gird programs and performances that enlighten diverse populations with fact-based, contextualized ‘living history’ content. Performances highlight African American and multi-ethnic cultural traditions, giving voice to those who are often ignored or missing from the American and global historical landscape. Multimedia workshops underscore the learning and emphasize intergenerational problem solving.