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Richland One Educator Receives State Civil Rights Teaching Award



Gisler There’s nothing Laura Gisler likes better than teaching South Carolina history to third-graders, a joy she experienced for 10 of her 15 years at Meadowfield Elementary School.


Ms. Gisler, who currently serves as the school’s lead Paideia teacher, has been selected as the recipient of the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies (SCCSS). This award honors an educator who has made a significant effort to teach the concept of justice in a creative way and to promote civil rights or civil liberties while inspiring their students to improve the world through justice, service or advocacy.


Ms. Gisler’s impact at Meadowfield, a Paideia School for Creative Thinking, is rooted in the Paideia philosophies that all children can learn and that schools should provide safe spaces for students to grapple with tough and engaging topics through dialogue.


The SCCSS announcement of Ms. Gisler’s selection described her teaching methods this way: “As lead teacher, she trains other teachers to gradually release control of the curriculum so students can engage in content in meaningful ways.  In her work, Ms. Gisler continues to push the conversation of her faculty and students towards being more socially conscious while inspiring them to take informed action when they see a need.”


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