Ben Howort is an alternative educator focused on working with youth and adults on social justice issues. His professional development has been deeply impacted by engaging in the Social Justice Training Institute that took place during his years at Grinnell College. Using social and emotional development as a cornerstone of his practice, he creates safe spaces where students learn to bring their whole self into the community.
Ben uses democratic process, collective decision-making and restorative justice techniques to engage with others around issues of identity and equity. He has worked with students from Pre-K-high school in schools, after school programs, camp and in art studios. For the past 3 years Ben has been working as the Middle School Teacher at the Brooklyn Free School developing and implementing powerful curriculum about race, gender, class and restorative justice. Ben inspires youth to push past their perceived limitations to reach their full potential and sense of self.