BiographyMartha Caldwell has 20+ years of experience in education. She teaches, consults with schools, conducts seminars for teachers, and writes about education. Her interactive teaching method incorporates inquiry-based learning, social-emotional learning, identity formation (race, class and gender) and ethics to achieve results that enhance empathy, stimulate critical thinking and catalyze higher order learning. She has developed courses in Mexican history and culture, African American history, women’s issues, peace and conflict in the Middle East, response to climate change, rites of passages, fairy tales, religion and ethics in Star Wars, and spoken word poetry. She teaches writing, literature, drama, and Inquiry into Identity (co-developed with Oman Frame) at the Paideia School in Atlanta, GA. She is the advisor for the middle level Girls’ Mentorship Program and the Gay/Straight Alliance. Fiercely intelligent and boundlessly creative, Martha consistently lifts up the voices of others. She brings compassion, insight and humor to her work.
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I'm interested in helping teachers develop stronger identities so they can assist their students in doing the same. I am passionate about the potential of relationship-based pedagogy and the role it can play in identity formation and ethical leadership. I see empathy as the basis of higher order thinking and compassion as the basis of critical thinking.
I have four children, three grandchildren, and many valued friends. I enjoy books, films, theater and other art forms. I'm passionate about teaching that truly meets the needs of students.
Published: Jul 27, 2016
The enthusiasm of Royce Mann and other students like him was the inspiration for Let's Get Real: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender Identities in the Classroom.