Colleen Echohawk ’09 (Seattle, BA) was awarded the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service. The annual award recognizes individuals whose work has answered the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “What are you doing for others?” She is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club and founder of the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm