Clara Lew-Smith

A Year of Learning Condensed Into A Blog Post

So, it’s the second day of our last retreat, which feels odd somehow: maybe it’s just that we’re not quite...

March Retreat: Regrouping, Re-energizing, and Moving Forward

For most of my time in high school, I’ve been participating in forms of progressive education to further causes that...

New, Complex Perspectives and My Evolving Understanding

Yesterday, I interviewed UVM associate professor Cynthia Reyes for the second time, along with a doctoral student with whom she...

An Intensive Day of Interviewing and Consequent Realizations

Yesterday, our team visited Winooski and Burlington all day, conducting the bulk of our interviews. Organizing this was actually quite...

The Process of Communicating, Collaborating, and Planning

These past few weeks have definitely required the most consistent work for this course so far this year, in that...

Dec Retreat: Preparing for interviews and thinking more deeply about the process itself

I feel as though this retreat has served to catapult my group into the interview phase of the process. There’s...

Preparing for the retreat and exploring language bias

A lot of what I did this week involved logistics to get myself and my team ready to move into...

Considering new perspectives and moving into the interview process

A big part of my work this week was beginning to draft some interview questions (something I think will be...

Expanding my knowledge on both broader and more specific scales

This week, I mostly focused on doing some more research and thinking about the topic in light of the formation...

Nov. Retreat: Collaborating to create a focused and impassioned team

I wasn’t exactly sure how this retreat was going to look. I knew that we would have to come to...

#8 More inclusive, appreciative, and effective communities

I want to make Vermont educational communities more inclusive, appreciative, and effective places for New Americans and English Language Learner...

#7 A rising generation of culturally aware people

Imagine that there is a war in your country, one that threatens your rights and your safety and those of...

#6 Mind Map

#6 Mind Map

#5 The State of Affairs in This State

In reading more closely into this issue as it pertains to Vermont, I was struck both by the instances of...

#4: The importance of the right frame of mind

Although Simon Sinek’s TED talk had a distinct if not complete focus on the marketing and business impact of his...

#3: A school system tailored to English speakers

I had conversations with two of the people closest to me, my little brother Elijah and my friend Lydia. I...

#2: Equity in Education: New Americans and English Language Learners

Right now, I think that I want to focus on young new Americans/immigrants/English language learners in school (I’m thinking K-12,...

#1: Responsibility to make change

I am the one who hates to see people complain about an issue without doing anything to change it. In...

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