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June 3, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended every part and piece of my life, and yours. There is no separating work from home from childcare from homeschooling from economic insecurity from mental health from physical health from… so much more than that. It has been a time of in...

February 26, 2020

One of my most favorite rituals, one that I commit to every weekend during the school year and every day in summer is a long walk with my dog, Arthur. Arthur is a nine-year-old Hungarian Vizsla mix and he is, in a word, perfect. He is more than that, but absolutely tha...

November 25, 2019

I bake. Often. It is one of the ways I meditate, take care of myself and seek out joy. In my next life (or next phase of life?) I want to work in a bakery. Not own one, but work in one. I want to get smarter and more experimental. You see the reason I bake is that it m...

April 22, 2019

I have the privilege of working across Grades 3-8 on most days. This past year I began staff development in a new school in New Jersey, helping English teachers implement writing workshop in Grades 6-8. The elementary schools were in year two of implementation and it w...

February 14, 2019

One of my most favorite short stories to use with older kids is “Mr. Entwhistle” a piece from the book Hey World, Here I Am! by Jean Little. Nine years ago I was I was sitting at a think tank at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and a small group of staf...

January 28, 2019

My colleague and I, Holly, launched in a new district a couple of weeks ago. In many ways it’s a compelling way to begin staff development: start mid-year, engage teachers in concepts and structures (not curriculum) and attempt to establish common language, vision, and...

September 21, 2018

The other day a teacher caught a glance of my school year calendar. He was taken aback by the format. The calendar has two columns running from July to December and January to June. July (and a little bit of August) is highlighted entirely in green, my favorite color.


June 21, 2018

A little over a year ago, I sat at a small table with co-directors at the school where I work as a part time literacy coach. We were planning for the coming year, for 8th grade specifically, and trying to imagine the shape of the curriculum for our students- students w...

March 27, 2018




  1. the action of transferring something or the process of being transferred.

  2. "education involves the transference of knowledge"

I have spent the last eighteen years deeply invested in the teaching of reading. I began...

September 20, 2017

A popular theme in life, often tossed about when we are complaining or agitated, is that less is more.

There are so many ways to downsize. Three weeks ago our family took on a big one: we moved from a large, beautiful home on a lovely park to a two bedroom apartment. We...

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