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Inspiring Empathy through Artmaking

Inspiring Empathy Through Artmaking / Abbie Bowker / Champlain Valley Union High School “It is my duty to voice the sufferings of people, the sufferings that never end and are as big as mountains.” ― Käthe Kollwitz Art and empathy. … Continue reading

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Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas

Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas A version of this piece originally appeared at VTDigger.org on 8/17/17 BOOKS ARE WEAPONS IN THE WAR OF IDEAS is an oft-used paraphrase of Franklin D. Roosevelt speeches and FDR-commissioned posters during WWII. And … Continue reading

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On Empathy

The ability to imagine the hardships of others, to emotionally embrace their circumstances and to respond  in a sensitive, thoughtful and caring manner is a uniquely human quality.  Neal deGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist, said it well . “Humans aren’t … Continue reading

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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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