Debra Gaskill ’04 (Midwest, MA) received the 2018 Silver Falchion Best Suspense Award at the Killer Nashville International Writer’s Conference for her latest novel, Kissing Fitz. Gaskill was an award-winning journalist for 20 years, writing for a number of Ohio newspapers covering the cops and courts beat, and the Associated Press. She retired as the managing editor of the Washington Court House Record Herald. During her tenure, the newspaper received two Associated Press General Excellence awards.
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