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Vanessa Heller

Oak Park Unified School District
6th Humanities & Inquiry/PBL/GATE trainer
Oak Park, CA
I love to share ideas on all things inquiry/PBL and gifted education. A GATE certified teacher in my 23rd year, I also present throughout California and out-of-state for CLS, NCTE, CAG, Tri County GATE, various CUE affiliates, and school districts. I founded and direct the Oak Park Inquiry Institute in my district and train others in inquiry-based methodologies both in house and out of district. Currently, I am working to incorporate a human rights focus into various content areas by integrating the Sustainable Development Goals and civic action. I am also the coordinator of Teachers for Equity, a grass roots group of educators and administrators examining inequitable K-12 policies and practices . Lastly, I am working with a writers group on a soon-to-be-published book about equity and racial identity as they apply to classroom practices.


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