Eder J. Williams McKnight (she/her/hers) is a teacher and poet, who is excited to join the launch and work of FORGE. Eder has taught in Mmabatho, South Africa; Albuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Dobbs Ferry, NY (CITYterm at the Masters School); and currently in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Holland Hall’s Upper School. Since the beginning of her teaching career, Eder has pursued ways to make education meaningful, relevant, and impactful for high school students. Her work in schools has included developing curriculum, leading teaching teams, interdisciplinary studies, civic engagement, global literature through the lens of critical pedagogy, diversity and inclusion leadership, and experience-based learning. Most recently, at Holland Hall, Eder co-created and co-directed Tulsa Term with colleague Jane Beckwith. Tulsa Term was an experience and place based semester program for high school juniors and seniors in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools. Due to the pandemic, this program ended; however, Eder has continued to apply various approaches to deep learning in her current American Studies and senior English courses. Beyond the classroom, Eder has co-facilitated, presented, led workshops, joined panels, and designed experiences with Teach for Experience (TFE) of CITYterm, Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC), the John Hope Franklin Center, the Sounding Knowledge Network (newly formed), and Tulsa Service Year. As a poet, Eder has collaborated with other artists to produce artbooks, dance-poetic presentations, historic-poetic texts concerning Greenwood and the Tulsa Race Massacre. Eder holds an A.B. from Brown University, an M.A. from the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College, an Ed.M. from Teachers College of Columbia University, and an MFA in poetry from Stonecoast of the University of Southern Maine.