Caitlin S. Steele is a graduate teaching fellow and doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont (UVM). Her research focuses on complex systems as an interdisciplinary lens in K-12 curricula. Before arriving at UVM, Caitlin taught English for twelve years. In 2009, she received a Rowland Foundation Fellowship to support her work collaborating with colleagues across disciplines to develop a sustainability-themed freshman academy. She currently serves as a Rowland Associate organizing professional collaboration among past and current fellows working in education across the state of Vermont and beyond.

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Wouldn’t it be great if students arrived to class each day cheerful and eager to learn? Teachers could simply open their mouths to bestow wisdom and knowledge, and students would listen, absorb, and then dazzle everyone in earshot with their brilliance. Though teachers’ lives would be easier if the good, old-fashioned direct …

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