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Friday, October 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Growing Good People Through Good Books: Developing Empathy, Tolerance, and Dreams Through the Thales Academy Literature Curriculum.

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As we find ourselves in the midst of the technology driven Modern Age and as more and more schools are under pressure to develop competitive STEM programs for the emerging job markets of tomorrow, we must ask ourselves, where do we “fit” the more human studies of Literature and Writing into this blueprint for the future? How do we defend the relevance of Literature? This presentation is for instructors who wonder how they might both better understand as well as articulate the importance of Literature, classic texts, and the output of creative writing to both current and prospective parents as well as the student body whom we teach. Teachers who attend the presentation will be introduced to sound academic principles and approaches to developing non-cognitive skills amongst our student body. Additionally, attending teachers will hopefully leave the presentation with the ability to develop their own impassioned mission statement correlating the study of Literature to cultivating character in our students, which they can then relate to any skeptical audience. STEM may be able to build our future, but Literature can save it.

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Jeremy Hartzell

Humanities Teacher, Thales Academy
Jeremy Hartzell teaches literature, history, and logic at Thales Academy High in Rolesville, NC. He earned a BA in English from Eastern Illinois University and an MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from East Carolina University. As a member of the Wake County Cohort... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 108

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