Starting on January 6th and continuing on Mondays through March, we will be joined by local artist and educator, Anna Logowitz, who will be leading six workshops with the students during project time. The workshops will focus on upcycling and textiles, aligning perfectly with our Environmental Science and Industrial Revolution curricula in science and humanites. The end goal of the project will be to use donated clothing to reupholster our (rather threadbare) chairs, and to teach the students the value of reusing materials. Learn more about Anna below:
Anna Logowitz first encountered progressive education as a student at the Cambridge School of Weston in 1999. She attended Bennington College, drawn by the school’s innovative childhood studies program, before transferring to Smith College to study the power of story to shape growth. She later earned a Master of the Arts in Teaching from Smith College.
Anna has worked in Waldorf, Montessori, therapeutic, distance education, and public school environments, and has also been involved with disability activism and creative accommodation. She is the founder of Integralis Education, and works for Oak Meadow Independent Learning. When not teaching (which is rare) Anna can often be found tinkering with sailboats or building realistic toy and puppets, projects that occasionally overlap with the FIC. (Bio taken from falconsedu.com/#team)
Ms. Anika Nailah will be coming to Four Winds on Friday, January 10th to lead an all-day workshop on writing, slavery, and racism. The goal of the workshop is to raise the awareness level of the students about issues of race, racism, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, offer tools to help students express their feelings and thoughts regarding slavery, provide historical context about racism in the US, and help students apply the learned content to their own lives using: Simulation/Role play, Journaling, Creative writing, Active listening, Math, Movement, Music and Small and large group discussion. Learn more about Anika below:
Anika Nailah is the founder and former director of Books of Hope, a Boston-based, youth literacy program that engages young people to write, publish, and sell their own books. She is a Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Nominee, and her book, Free and Other Stories, was chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review and was selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s 2003 Books For The Teen Age List.
Another short story, Draggin the Dog, that was included in Gumbo: a Celebration of African American Writing, has been produced and broadcasted by BBC Radio 4 in its Americana series. Her poetry and fiction have also been published in Wild Words, Flare, Reunion, and Cicada. She has taught fiction and creative nonfiction at Wheaton College. She is currently writing an historical novel loosely based on her Pocasset Wampanoag and African American lineage, experimenting with science fiction, working on an illustrated book project about racism, and providing social justice and writing consulting. (Bio taken from anikanailah.com/about)