Chèche Konnen, Haiti, 1987-90

In 1987 Beth Warren and I submitted a grant proposal to the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs. This was for “Cheche Konnen: An investigation-based approach to mathematics and science education for limited English proficiency students.” Cheche konnen means to seek knowledge, or the search for knowledge.

The grant was funded and led to work with the bilingual program in Cambridge, I worked on that grant at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and at the Graham and Parks Alternative School. Ann Rosebery was a key player and worked with Beth on subsequent grants and the establishment of the Cheche Konnen Center.

I also took a course in Krèyol and learned enough to read with some difficulty and to have a simple conversation. That was preparatory to a trip to Haiti in 1989.


Warren, B., Bruce, Bertram C., & Rosebery, Ann S. (1988, June). Project implementation plan: Cheche Konnen project. Cambridge, MA: Bolt Beranek and Newman.

Many more reports through the Cheche Konnen Center.