Partners Beyond the Classroom

By Touchstones Roving Reporter On January 24, Touchstones’ Executive Director, Stefanie Takacs, and Advisory Council member, Randy Cover, stepped temporarily into entirely new roles— as judges. The Mount Washington School, which has just started to implement Touchstones discussion programs, invited both Takacs and Cover to participate in the school’s sixth annual History Night. The judges

Growing Our Reach – We Love Teachers

By Lynn Cloutier At Touchstones, our customers are at the heart of our operations and program development. Teachers, curriculum supervisors, librarians, and other educators have lots of choices in educational programs, so when they choose Touchstones, we want them to know we’re here to support them! Part of this support includes check-in calls and additional

What do Polar Bears and Touchstones have in Common?

By Howard Zeiderman When I was younger, I never expected to travel to the many places I have visited over the last three decades: Alabama; Jordan; Ontario; Qatar; Tanzania; and Zanzibar to name a few. The list is longer still when including places I’ve visited by phone and SKYPE. I was trained as a college

Destined for Positive Change

By Stefanie Takacs, Executive Director Since 2015, Touchstones staff have been running discussion programs within the school at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women, MCI-W, which is located in Jessup, Maryland. The facility houses approximately 800 women, many of whom received continuing education in the prison school. Some are working toward their high school General

Leadership Development On Deck

By Howard Zeiderman As we look forward to spring of 2019, we’re gearing up for some great Touchstones professional development activity this month and next. Next week, Touchstones staff will be working at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario for two intensive days of classroom observations and coaching. Touchstones programs are integrated into the


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