"Seed the Way has provided our teachers with some of the best professional learning they've ever experienced. As an accomplished classroom teacher, Rebecca Haslam establishes rapport with teachers quickly, and clearly empathizes with teachers' day-to-day challenges. She is skillful at meeting educators where they're at in this important work, and understands them as learners. She connects with educators from a wide range of backgrounds and prior experiences and inspires them to recommit to the democratic mission of public school. Most importantly, teachers who work with Rebecca come to learn that diversity work is not something we do for oppressed groups, but that it is incumbent upon us as educators to work for a better society for all children."
Michael S. Martin, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum & Technology
Montpelier Public Schools
“Rebecca came to speak to us not just as community members, but as a company looking to make Inclusion and Equity more than buzz words, and as parents looking how to talk to our children about current events. She couldn’t have come at a more important time, just a week after the 2016 Presidential election. Her clear and courageous words shared through a teacher’s lens, brilliantly built upon previous trainings our community had gone through and moved and inspired many if not all of us. I received overwhelming positive feedback, being told by one employee that she could listen to Rebecca all day. Most importantly, she provided reassurance to some people in our community that they are not alone and helped those of us who have privilege understand that it is our responsibility to use it to stand up for those who need it the most right now. Many left that engagement thinking hard about how they can be better advocates. We hope to have the opportunity to work with Rebecca again in the future.”
~Deb Nison, Business Intelligence Developer
at Seventh Generation
"At Charlotte Central School we were looking for direction and focus around equity and cultural competency. Rebecca came highly recommended by several of her colleagues. Her style of presenting is magnetic. She is personable and knowledgeable. Our staff was very engaged with her presentation. A few teachers commented on the fact that it was obvious why she was nominated as Teacher of the Year! After her time with our staff we received a lot of wonderful feedback. Teachers were reflective around their own practices around race, bias and equity. Rebecca laid an important foundation that was crucial to tackling tougher future issues and conversations. It is amazing how much Rebecca has made an impact at CCS this year."
~Vicki Nelson, Guidance Counselor at Charlotte Central School
"We have partnered with Rebecca many times in our professional development programs for educators. She has compiled a wealth of resources to help teachers address the issues of diversity and equity in K-12 education. Our participants found her workshops incredibly useful in preparing them to connect to literacy by using an array of age-appropriate materials. Additionally, she helped make connections to social studies curriculum and the development of a supportive, inclusive classroom culture."
~Ryan Morra, Education for Sustainability Partnerships Coordinator & Educator, Shelburne Farms
"Rebecca Haslam has presented a workshop many times at our annual conference for Vermont educators. We keep asking her back because her presentations are always the highest reviewed in our post-conference survey. Her most recent workshop on microaggressions was so timely when we as a Foundation, as well as many education leaders in Vermont, are focusing on equity. Moreover, Rebecca is an inspiring presenter, sharing her experience and her wisdom in a supportive, collaborative and personal way. Teachers and students alike leave her workshops with the simple comment, 'That was amazing!' I can not recommend Rebecca Haslam highly enough."
The Rowland Foundation
“Our Residence Life team at Saint Michael’s College could not be more excited about our partnership with Rebecca and the work that she did with our Resident Director and Resident Assistance staff this summer. Rebecca’s ability to explore diversity and inclusion with college-age students on a personal and compassionate level allowed students to feel immediately comfortable. Rebecca spoke through a student lens and made them feel like she truly understood what they were going through and the hard work they face each and every day. She knew how to get the students moving and how to engage them in a dynamic and passionate way. Her workshop was a highlight of our training and we look forward to a continued partnership with Rebecca in the future. We thank her for bringing our conversation around diversity and inclusion to a higher level.”
~Catherine Welch, Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator;
and Lou DiMasi, Dean of Students, Saint Michael’s College
Our youth slam poetry group dedicated to social justice through spoken word has repeatedly worked with Rebecca Haslam and are continuously blown away by her! She continues to inspire everywhere from intimate spaces, teacher trainings and company orientations to audiences as large as Vermont’s local Women’s March on Montpelier. Every time I hear her speak or experience her workshops so much of what she shares resonates with me. From her own personal experiences and anecdotes as a teacher to her brave honesty about personal biases, Rebecca continues to take the elephant in the room for some and the lived experience for others, and open up dialogue. As a person who's worked with Rebecca I know that she cares deeply about what she speaks on and has a wealth of knowledge to back it up, and as a person who has spoken with those who have received her trainings, I know she has made a profound impact on many. She continuously amazes with her presentations and is a wonderful person on top of that! Definitely recommend!
~ Kiran Waqar and Hawa Adam, Muslim Girls Making Change