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Learning from the Master

By Leslie Barr This was my first Masterclass and I was thrilled that Westtown School supported my learning about conservation as it applies to my work as a biology teacher.   The class was titled “Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation.” I … Continue reading

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Inspiration at AAR and CSEE

By Brian Blackmore Each fall, for the past 8 years, I have attended the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) annual gathering, the largest conference of Religious Studies and Theology scholars in the world. This is a special time for me … Continue reading

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Librarian Nirvana: Or the Past Feeds the Future

By Lynn Clements Spending a week in Oxford, England, as a participant in the summer Oxbridge Teachers’ Program, offered an opportunity for intellectual stimulation and professional development in a beautiful, historic setting. For a librarian, the opportunity to explore the … Continue reading

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Violence Prevention: A Lower School teacher’s call to action

By Marion Dear, 5th grade teacher What does sexual assault have to do with a Lower School teacher? My answer: just as institutionalized racism is a form of bullying, so is sexual assault. Bullying is defined as harm done repeatedly, when there … Continue reading

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When a Debate Is an Opportunity for Improving Collegiality

Recently, the Lower School faculty devoted a faculty meeting to debating whether or not teaching cursive was worth the time it takes in the program. Teachers were divided into four teams and sent out to research the role and place … Continue reading

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Notes from the White Privilege Conference, Philadelphia 2016

By Marion Dear Themes from the White Privilege Conference in Philly 2016 White privilege defines “normal” as white (and Christian, of European heritage,  and heterosexual). White privilege marginalizes the many people and  students  who do not fit these categories. White … Continue reading

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