We are beginning to meet with topic mentors. What are topic mentors? They are folks who can talk with you about your topic--they are very well-informed or even, experts. Their role is to help you explore...by giving you some information you hadn't considered and probably couldn't find in the library or on the internet. Last week, students met with Monroe Gilmour from Western North Carolinian Citizens for an End to Institutional Bigotry and with Jenny Dissen, from the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites.
Mr. Gilmour met with three students to talk about the crossburnings that happened last year in Asheville, to talk about the work the organization does and to help the students explore what young people can do to take a stand against racism. Of course, just a few days later, Isaac Dickson Elementary marched through downtown Asheville as part of the Take a Stand Against Racism day. One of the students who met with Mr. Gilmour was even quoted--and mentioned Writing to Change the World.
Ms. Dissen met with two students who are working on presentations that involve climate change.
Here are some pictures, more soon from the meeting with Ms. Dissen,: