About the Program
This free 8-week virtual program brings a cohort of experienced and novice Touchstones educators together for weekly, hands-on practice in discussion leadership. Using works exclusively by Black and African-American contributors from our Exploring American Perspectives volume, Fellows explore themes of belonging, inclusion, equity, voice, leadership, and community.
Fellows Can Expect To
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Each cohort is limited to 7 Fellows and is offered free of charge to educators at all stages of their career. Fellows must commit to attending all 8 sessions, plus one prep meeting in order to build a community of learners.
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What Past Fellows Say About the Program
“It truly has been exciting to learn about myself in this setting. I’ve never before felt safe discussing race among others and – through this platform – I felt SAFER.”
Shalini Jasti, 8th Grade ELA Teacher, Cohort 3, Fall 2021
“This is very valuable for rethinking how we approach group dynamics, thinking collaboratively, and the relationship between existing perspectives/texts, ourselves, and each other.”
Matteo Burrell, PhD Candidate, The New School for Social Research, Cohort 1, Fall 2020
“This is the best PD I’ve had in a long time…I was able to feel what it was like to be a student in my own class, to empathize with the substantial difficulties of initiating, shaping, and growing a community.”
High School G/T Teacher, Cohort 3, Fall 2021
“Learning the skills needed for discussion around issues of social justice is really important today. Some scholars even say it isn’t possible. This program shows that it is, and people can form bonds of friendship, collaboration, and solidarity across the barriers that seem to divide us.”
Kevin Topper, Director of Secondary Programs, The Socratic Experience, Cohort 1, Fall 2020