Jana Dean ’96 (New England, MEd) is one of 38 U.S. teachers selected for the highly competitive Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship to the Netherlands. As a recipient, Dean was in the Netherlands from January 15 to June 15, 2019 to learn about teaching mathematics so that it is rigorous, relevant, and engaging for students. In addition to improving her own practice, her goal is to help other educators inspire confidence and competence in the next generation. Her work focuses on the role of public school classrooms in opening doors for underrepresented students.
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