Matt Presser

Matt Presser is a candidate for the Doctor of Education Leadership degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a former teacher in the New Haven (CT) Public Schools and a former Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the US Department of Education. Follow him on Twitter at @mpresser5.

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Empathy as Empowerment: Give Students the Chance to Think Like Leaders

Posted by Matt Presser on March 20, 2018

As a teacher at a downtown high school, some of my best classes happened when I threw away my lesson plan and took my students on a walk.

We’d search for famous tombstones in a 200-year-old cemetery. Inside an old gathering place for abolitionists, we’d read a speech Frederick Douglass once gave there. And every year, we’d examine the inner workings of the criminal justice system through readings, debate, and a visit to arraignment court.

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