Minnie Bommer ’93 (Midwest, MA Rural Community Dev.) was one of three African-American women saluted by the Town of Mason, Tennessee as a “trailblazer” at the town’s first Black History program in Feb. 2018. Her accomplishments include developing a statewide nonprofit that helps struggling minority agencies provide enhanced community services. She served as the state coordinator for the Tennessee Minority Health and Community Development Coalition, and co-founded and served as board chair for Children and Family Services, Inc.
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