Elin Torell ’03 (New England, PhD Env. Studies) is an environmental researcher at the University of Rhode Island and Director of International Programs for the Coastal Resources Center. Elin recently received a Woman of Achievement award from the YWCA of Rhode Island for her gender equity research in Tanzania.
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