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Jaime Adoff, a McKinney Middle School English teacher who has been named a finalist for a national Teaching Tolerance award, is pictured here reading an original poem during the local Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 15.

YS teacher named finalist for national award

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McKinney Middle School/Yellow Springs High School was notified this week that middle school English teacher Jaime Adoff is a top-10 finalist for the biennial Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The aim of the national award, sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Review’s Teaching Tolerance project, is to honor “classroom educators from across the United States who teach the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in diverse settings, achieve academically and work collaboratively, according to the Southern Poverty Law Review’s website.

“These educators employ research-based practices to help students: develop positive identities, exhibit empathy, consider different perspectives, think critically about injustice, and take informed action.

Of the 10 finalists, five awardees will be chosen based on additional support materials, including a short video demonstrating the teacher’s proficiency in the award criteria. The five winners, along with their schools, will be notified in early spring and then honored in July at a celebration in Montgomery, Ala.

Adoff, in his second year of teaching in Yellow Springs, grew up in the village, the son of award-winning authors Arnold Adoff and the late Virginia Hamilton. He also is a published author as well as a musician.


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