Facing Project to Hold ‘Facing Teaching in Delaware County’ Event

Illustration by: Marissa White-Roberts, Southside Middle School. Age 12Illustration by: Marissa White-Roberts, Southside Middle School. Age 12

By: Susan Polcz Volbrecht—

Muncie, IN—The Facing Project will hold a free performance on Saturday, February 10th, at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The show begins at 6:30, with doors opening at 6:00. Concessions will be available from local favorites Guardian Brewery and No Crumb Left Behind. This will be the first Facing Project Event of 2018, and accompanies an upcoming publication, Facing Teaching in Delaware County.

Local education has been the focus of much attention recently, and this book and event will give unique insight into the hopes, joys, and challenges our teachers face daily. Educators and stakeholders paired with writers, with whom they shared their stories. Some themes found in these narratives include special education, standardized testing, ways to find curricular inspiration, funding issues, and the lasting impacts teachers make on their students.

“This is an important topic,” said Kelsey Timmerman, co-founder of The Facing Project. “The stories that were shared really speak to the compassion and commitment of our teachers, and the tough questions our societies face about education.”

The Facing Project was founded in Muncie by Timmerman and J.R. Jamison, and is now in 75 communities across the country. A few of the past local topics have included poverty, addiction, racism, and autism. The purpose of the project is not to serve as an oral history, but to function as a conversation starter, with the goal of generating solutions. For example, the topic of racism inspired a locally written curriculum for use in Delaware County Schools. Join us on February 10th to get the dialogue started so that we can support teachers in their quests to benefit our students, our schools, and our communities.

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