No one is born being a citizen. You have to be taught what it means. Sonia Sotomayor
Do you want to know who you are?
Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

Thomas Jefferson

Bringing the Classroom into the World

School’s out for summer, it would seem, but not for Eli Corning. Inside Gertrude Shaffer’s Distance Learning class, the 17-year-old junior supplemented his global education with a videoconference with Denis Okema of Global Education Motivators, a non-government...

Crossing Borders in the Classroom

As the bell rings seventh graders troop into English Language Arts Teacher Gertrude Shaffer’s distant learning class to find answers to the hard questions our world faces today. Each year this class embarks on a new journey based on the eight Millennium Development...

My Teacher, My Mother

Rebecca Abitimo Odongkara was a young woman, a refugee from Uganda, living in the United States with her family during the reign of terror of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Read the full story.

Former Child Soldier Addresses Students

Gunfire and military threats absorbed Ayuen Ajok through out his childhood in South Sudan. South Seneca School English teacher Gertrude Shaffer invited Ajok to bring home the impact of world events to middle school students. Read the full story.