Adam Ruderman is an Upper School History and English Instructor who will begin teaching at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California in the fall. Adam has previously taught at Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota, at The Bishop's School in San Diego, California, and at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Adam has attended numerous Bard IWT workshops which have been instrumental in his mission as a teacher: to create spaces of empathy and authenticity where students can find and enhance their voices through writing, thinking and discussion. Adam's areas of interest include the study of deliberative procedures, group dynamics and democratic processes and has done primary research in the field. He has presented on how writing deepens the discourse in discussion-based classrooms at conferences including the People of Color Conference, the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools, and has consulted with English and History departments about developing writing and discussion-based pedagogy. Adam holds a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, an M.A. from San Diego State University as well as an M.A from Tulane University School of Public Health, and an M.S. from the University of Hawaii. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.