Summer In The Park

By Sean Hutzell Touchstones kicked off the school year with one last day of fun in the sun at Sandy Point Park in Annapolis, MD. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers ensured an evening of excellent food, competitive games, and words from dedicated teachers about the importance of Touchstones programs in their classrooms. Funds

Educational Outreach and Teacher Development

Teachers reflect on active learning as they begin a Touchstones workshop at a Montessori conference in Charleston, SC. One way the Touchstones Discussion Project reaches new teachers and school administrators is by attending and presenting at educational conferences. To showcase how Touchstones uses student-centered discussion to build engagement, critical thinking, and leadership, our

Marriage of True Minds

By Liam Dempsey Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare begins with the famous line, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.” I have had the agonizing pleasure of reading that sonnet almost a hundred times, never entirely sure what exactly constitutes the marriage of true minds, or how to prevent impediments to

Supporting Anne Arundel County’s Women and Families

By Jenn Macris Touchstones is honored to receive a 2019 grant from the local Annapolis-area giving circle, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a “philanthropic giving circle with more than 200 members who annually pool their funds and award grants to nonprofit organizations seeking to improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County.”

Learning & Teaching with Veterans

By Howard Zeiderman Sometimes a name is uncanny. Such is the case with the Touchstones-National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) veterans’ program: Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home. As Odysseus himself discovered, homecoming is not merely finding a geographical place but is a creative act of building a new emotional place for himself with those whom


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