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Education diversity expert Sonia Nieto to address “Becoming Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Teachers: What Does it Take?” May 1, 2014

Nieto will highlight the efforts of classroom teachers who demonstrate how they create powerful learning environments for their students of diverse backgrounds through critically responsive and socially just teaching practices. The talk will be based on her new book, Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms.

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Screening of film about one man’s quest to document climate change; Chasing Ice to be shown February 12, 2014

This documentary is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Photographer James Balog conceived of the Extreme Ice Project to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog set up time-lapse camera equipment across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, capturing ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

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Vassar to host public education reform symposium, keynoted by distinguished social psychologist and education scholar Michelle Fine, on April 18 , 2013

In a climate where high stakes testing, accountability, and the privatization of public schooling are the dominant discourses surrounding educational reform in the United States, the Vassar Department of Education will hold a symposium that explores -- as a counter-narrative in educational reform -- the possibilities demonstrated by the small public schools movement in New York City.

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