On November 22–24, four Great Books staff members were proud to represent the Foundation at a workshop on preventing gun violence and promoting leadership opportunities for high school students. Working with the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence, Great Books staff joined nearly 20 professionals and youth leaders in gun violence prevention, public health, education, and the arts to work on the development and implementation of a curriculum addressing these pressing issues.
Included in this group were subject matter experts such as Dr. Tanya Sharpe, associate professor and Factor-Inwentash chair in social work in the global community at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Kelvin Ramirez, assistant professor of expressive therapies and global interdisciplinary studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Great Books staff led a demonstration of Shared Inquiry discussion, highlighting its important role in developing confidence and leadership skills, specifically through our Inquiry In Action program. Additionally, Robert Fritz, a consultant and the bestselling author of The Path of Least Resistance, led a series of curriculum planning sessions, as well as three learning sessions on his creative process methodology.
We at the Foundation look forward to the growth and development of this project and plan to introduce the new curriculum in select high schools in 2020.