Elk­ton High teacher wins dis­cus­sion-based learn­ing award

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— Elk­ton High School teacher Larry Har­ris was named the Cyn­thia M. Barry Touch­stones Teacher of the Year dur­ing a ceremony held Satur­day at St. John’s Col­lege.

Touch­stones, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion based in An­napo­lis, works to ad­dress gaps in ed­u­ca­tion in K- 12 schools by teach­ing ed­u­ca­tors and stu­dents to use struc­tured di­a­logue to ac­ti­vate and enliven their think­ing and build co­op­er­a­tion and lead­er­ship. The goal of the dis­cus­sion­based pro­grams is to de­velop think­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion at the high­est lev­els for all stu­dents, re­gard­less of their eco­nomic or ed­u­ca­tional back­ground.

Since 2011, Touch­stones has hon­ored an ed­u­ca­tor in the U. S. or Canada for his or her work in the class­room. The award is named for

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Cyn­thia M. Barry, who first spon­sored it and who is her­self a long­time Touch­stones teacher.

Har­ris got in­volved with Touch­stones in 2013 when he was one of more than a dozen teach­ers and train­ers who par­tic­i­pated in an in­ten­sive week­long Touch­stones train­ing ini­tia­tive at Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools. The pur­pose of that pro­gram was to cre­ate a core group that would be able to de­liver pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment within CCPS as part of the sys­tem- wide im­ple­men­ta­tion of Touch­stones in grades 3- 12 English/ lan­guage arts classes.

Har­ris trained dozens of CCPS mid­dle school teach­ers in Touch­stones be­fore re­turn­ing to the class­room two years ago. He now teaches 10th and 11th grade English, English Hon­ors, English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage and Arts of Ex­pres­sion at Elk­ton High.

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Elk­ton High School teacher Larry Har­ris re­ceives the Touch­stone teacher of the year award from Cyn­thia M. Barry, for whom it is named.

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