Lynn Houston ’11, ’16 (Santa Barbara BA, MBA) founded and is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization A Different Point of View, whose mission is to engage, inspire and transform youth, “using flight lessons as a launching pad.” Many participants come from low-income families or the juvenile justice system. Lynn, a retired airline captain, also serves as marketing coordinator for the Santa Barbara Airport.
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