Behind-The-Scenes: The Writing of “School Building”

In the spring issue of Middlebury Magazine, writer Xander Manshel ’09 introduced us to Tal Birdsey, a graduate of both the undergraduate College and the Bread Loaf School of English.

For the past nine years, Birdsey has led, taught, championed the little school that could—The North Branch School—in the mountainous enclave of Ripton, Vermont.

In his story, Xander captures perfectly not only what it’s like to be a middle schooler, but to be an adolescent at North Branch; in the process, he captures the essence of Tal Birdsey.

Here, listen to Xander talk to Tal—about his school, the state of secondary education, and what he’s trying to achieve in the mountains of Vermont.

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  1. […] Digital Extra: Xander Manshel talks to Tal Birdsey about The North Branch School. […]

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