Introducing the series: Diversity & Inclusion in the Latin Classroom
We recognize the important, ongoing conversation about social justice and diversity in the Latin classroom – conversations that we have also been having at Cambridge University Press. Our conversations led us to Latin educators dedicated to cultivating diverse and inclusive Latin classrooms.
As part of our mandate to support the teaching and learning of Classics, we have always offered fully-subsidized professional development to support the Latin teaching community. We are now privileged to work with the educators below to present a series on diversity and inclusion in the Latin classroom, open to all Latin teachers.
Read below to learn more, bookmark this page, and save the date for December 1st.
Meet our contributors
Rachel Ash has taught Latin for 18 years in Oklahoma, Texas, and Georgia. She has always believed that all students can learn and deserve to know they can learn, and that is the driving force behind most, if not all, of her approaches to teaching Latin. She holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M. A. from the University of Florida.
Rachel will be exploring the power of teacher vulnerability as a way to connect to students and make the classroom a safe space, both in conversation with Benjamin Joffe and in a reflective blog that discusses ways to take off your "teacher armor" and let students in. She will also present on the importance of representation in images in your classroom space and readings.
Caroline Bristow has been the Cambridge School Classics Project (CSCP) director since 2018. She has been involved in outreach initiatives, especially in terms of access to Classics and to Higher Education, since her time as an undergraduate, and then postgraduate, at Oxford University. She gained extensive teaching experience in schools around the UK, and in her role as Classics and Religious Studies Subject Specialist at UK exam board OCR, she worked with the UK Department of Education to lead on new qualifications and subject guidance.
Caroline will be presenting on how we can use stories as a mechanism to explore difficult issues, process our feelings, and create appropriate social strategies. Sexual violence is a feature of many Classical texts and stories, and teaching this material creates trepidation. She will explore how we can better handle this material in the classroom to not only minimize harm but also help students navigate issues of consent, respect, and trauma.
Benjamin Joffe has been teaching Latin at The Hewitt School in New York for over a decade. During that time, he has presented at conferences on numerous topics around Latin pedagogy, including turning the Latin classroom into a workshop space, and teaching problematic textbook literature in the age of #MeToo, which became the springboard for an article on the topic that he wrote for The Classical Outlook in 2019. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
In Benjamin’s contributions to this project, he will be offering a framework for talking about challenging things, for having discussions grounded in observation, and for bringing a vulnerability and an openness to the important work of grappling with uneasy content.
William is starting his 21st year of teaching Latin. He has taught for the last 18 years at Tom C. Clark High School and at Barbara Bush Middle School and Ronald Reagan High School the 3 years prior to that. He is very involved in JCL and ACL and has served in various leadership roles in the past. He enjoys reading, watching movies, watching college sports, cooking, and working with kids. He is currently the chair of the American Classical League's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee.
William will be speaking to us about his Latin teaching background, how he got involved with the ACL Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee and the kind of work that they do. He will also share his vision for Classics classrooms becoming more diverse and inclusive over the next generation.
As a linguistic activist, Skye has created change in her field by addressing long-lasting gender gaps in spoken Latin through her nonprofit organization Lupercal and by fostering spaces for women to have a voice in the ancient language. She has a Master's in Latin Pedagogy from UMass Boston and is now a PhD student at University College London, where her research explores women's Neo-Latin writing of the early modern period.
John Bracey has been a Latin teacher in Massachusetts since 2010. He has a B.A. in Classics from UMass Amherst and an M.A. from Boston College. He has taught Latin exclusively using Comprehensible Input for the past few years.
He leads workshops around the country for language teachers of all kinds. He is also the 2016 Massachusetts Latin teacher of the year.
John will be presenting a series of bite-sized videos with ideas for relationship-building hacks that will help you engage with all your students without alienating anyone.
He will also be writing a follow-up piece to expand on some of these strategies for dynamic structural changes you can make to your own Latin classroom.
Jenn Jarnagin has taught Latin at the Episcopal School of Dallas in Dallas, TX for the past six years, and taught Latin for twelve years prior to that. She is passionate about making Latin fun and inclusive, and believes that every student deserves to see themselves reflected in her classes. Jenn utilizes research-based practices that help all students find success. In addition to her work in the classroom, Jenn also serves on the Finance Committee of ACL and is an active member of Lupercal. She holds a B.A. from the Louisiana Scholars' College at Northwestern State University, and an M.A. from Indiana University.
Jenn is dedicated to equity and is especially interested in equity in assessment, and this is what she will be presenting on. She will also be sharing strategies for teachers and students to question the textbook, and the power of using inclusive imagery in the Latin classroom.
Maureen Lamb is the Language Department Chair, Academic Technology Coordinator, and Upper School Classics Faculty at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT. She has been recognized for her work as the CT Language Teacher of the Year, NECTFL Mead Fellow, CANE Weincke Award, and the ACL Elizabeth Watkins Award.
She is dedicated to creating an inclusive classroom environment, to using technology to enhance the student experience, and to making Classics comprehensible.
Maureen will be writing about giving students choice and voice in your classroom content.
She will present on Classical women in antiquity and how she discusses ancient women in her courses and draws parallels between ancient and modern women.
Caroline Musgrove is the Events, Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator at the Cambridge School Classics Project in the U.K. She completed her PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge in 2017. An historian by training, Caroline’s interests range from ancient medicine, gender and early Christianity, to approaching difficult issues like slavery and decolonization in the Classics classroom. Caroline is passionate about improving access to Classics, having not had the opportunity to encounter the subject herself before college.
Caroline will be writing about the ways disability was represented in the ancient world. She will outline some ancient sources and teaching suggestions that can help us challenge ableism in the Classics classroom.
Christopher Waldo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also the President of the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus. He is committed to making the field of Classics more equitable and diverse at all levels. He holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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