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  1. Dear Jessica,

    Alexis Wiggins brings her tools to life for educators and students. It is leaders like yourself who encourage others to try something new and demonstrate a willingness to be vulnerable – your grad students are obviously lucky. I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading Alexis’ book as well.

    I think that the most important element of her work is the post reflection and conference piece, where students really consider the benefits of dialogue, listening, and informed collaboration while also discovering ways to individually improve the soft skills each time. Ultimately, when we develop ways to deepen not only the discussions but also the reflection, our students benefit! It was through learning about Alexis’ work, in addition to the work of Socratic Seminar gurus like John Zola, when I sought to create an iPad app to help us enrich these experiences in the classroom as well.

    Check out #equitymaps or at to see our start! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Have a great school year!

    Dave Nelson
    International Educator (High School Social Studies)
    Creator of Equity Maps

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