Julia Ruiz Selfridge ’09 (Seattle, MA Counseling Psych.) is Director of Partnerships for Pogo Rides, a mobile app designed to connect busy parents to trusted ride for their kids. The app is meant to support parents, open up access for disadvantaged youths, build community and have a positive environmental impact. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Admission at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, WA.
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