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Tuesday at Putney Library: The World in Claire’s Classroom, Film Screening and Film Maker Talk

Join filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater on Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm at Putney Public Library for a screening and discussion of their documentary about Westminster West teacher, Claire Oglesby. What can a classroom of first and second graders in one of the whitest states in the union teach us about respecting diversity and building community? The World in Claire’s Classroom documents a veteran public school teacher and her class over the course of a year, with a focus on the children’s sustained, in-depth study of another culture. Within this deep and textured exploration, Claire continually focuses the children’s attention back on themselves in relationship to each other, their local community, and the world. Though this film is almost 20 years old, it is timeless in terms of the way that Claire works with children, and how she embraces diversity and inspires her students to be curious about it rather than fear it. The film is used in hundreds of schools of education all over the US and has become a classic in the world of education.
The filmmakers, Lisa Merton and Alan Dater will be there for the screening along with Takeshi Akaogi who has great interest in our local communities embracing diversity in the ways that Claire models in her classroom.
Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St in Putney, VT. This event is free and open to the public.