Meymuna Hussein-Cattan ’12 (Los Angeles, MA Org. Mgt.) is the co-founder and executive director of the Tiyya Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Ana, CA that works to provide basic necessities and educational opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and displaced American families.
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