Prior to joining BRI in 2016, Rachel worked for almost a decade as a Master Socratic Educator, mentor, and trainer in middle, high school, and university environments and continues to consult on a variety of educational projects. She has designed programming and training for Socratic, Montessori, classical, blended, expeditionary, and a variety of radically agency-driven learning environments. Rachel earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Great Books program at St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, her teaching diploma in Adolescent Education from the Association Montessori Internationale, and her M.A. in Learning, Design, & Technology at Georgetown University.
Beyond the Core Knowledge: Teaching American History Holistically in K-5
This session will explore how to bring meaning and purpose to the study of American history in the grammar years. Beyond the essential figures and dates, what virtues, vices, and philosophies animated the founding and the continuing work of the American Experiment and how do we talk about them with children? In this interactive session, attendees will explore example lessons and collaborate to develop plans of action to introduce the founding philosophies.
Little Republics: Civic Education & Civic Virtue in Every Classroom
Grammar students need time and opportunity to explore the civic virtues introduced in a classical curriculum deeply. In modern society, the classroom has become an essential environment for practicing republican virtues. This session will help attendees explore their pedagogy, practice, and classroom rules to better to promote self-governance and citizenship in our youngest students.
Philosophy for Children: Getting started with Socratic Discussions
This session will introduce the 50-year history and practice of Philosophy for Children, which helps engage young learners with deep, meaningful conversations about great ideas, then. attendees will gain practical experience with lessons and techniques to explore deep meaning in the richness of their curriculum. Example discussions will include lessons across the entire curriculum.