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Regenerating Empathy

The lockdown was more challenging than I had imagined.  We all go through drills each month in public schools, practicing one scenario after another.  At SBHS we used to chuckle over the “go buckets” we were supposed to remember to … Continue reading

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The Value of Connecting Students, Learning, and the Community

The Value of Connecting Students, Learning, and the Community As a native Rutland, Vermont resident, I have always felt like I belonged in my city.  I also believed that I could give back to my community.  However, over time the … Continue reading

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Recruiting International Students: A Public School Sends its First Acceptance Letter

Today is a notable day in my Rowland Fellowship. I’ve spent the last year and a half forming and refining a plan for how Montpelier High School, a public school, could enroll tuition-paying international students. And today, I will be … Continue reading

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What is Socratic Dialogue in the Classroom?

“Socratic dialogue” is a term that is usually associated with a pedagogy in which a teacher asks his/her students deeply probing questions about the material being considered in a classroom.   The teacher does not provide answers for students; he/she answers … Continue reading

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Innocence Lost

I apologize in advance for the political bias that will be evident in this post. I mean not to offend anyone or trespass on the soul searching that transpires in all of us when we cast our votes on Election … Continue reading

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A Thousand Tiny Moments in a Thousand Tiny Communities: The Narrative on Rural Poverty

Often I am irked by books and scholarly articles on closing the achievement gap because they tend to focus on either the racial achievement gap, the achievement gap in major cities, or both. As a current Vermonter who lives in … Continue reading

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The Myth of Meritocracy: Reframing the American Dream

Given the theme of “Equity” for this year’s annual Rowland Conference, I thought it appropriate to write about the hidden barriers that can prevent success in school and life.  Particularly, I focus on the American Dream which is frequently mentioned … Continue reading

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