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Arlee teacher honored for ‘teaching tolerance’

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ARLEE – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project will recognize five outstanding educators with the Teaching Tolerance Award for excellence in culturally responsive teaching on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. Arlee High School teacher Anna E. Baldwin is among the honorees.

The award recognizes educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The winners were selected through a rigorous review process by an expert panel of teachers and scholars. Each educator will be presented with an award of $1,000. Video of their teaching techniques will be used to create professional development resources that will help educators across the nation better support students. 

“These educators have demonstrated remarkable skill for teaching and inspiring students from diverse backgrounds,” said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. “We hope this award not only recognizes these talented teachers but provides other educators with tools they can use in their classrooms.”

Baldwin teaches English, composition and speech, and multicultural literature on the Flathead Indian Reservation. About 70 percent of her students are of tribal descent, but she never makes generalizations about her students’ backgrounds. 

“Culture emanates from more than ethnicity,” said Baldwin. “There is teen culture, home culture, as well as traditional culture. So, I use (texts) that appeal to students’ interests, backgrounds and abilities.” 

A full biography of Baldwin can be viewed at


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