Haverhill’s Quest for Change

When I think about Haverhill, I think about shoes, and I saw a lot of monuments and statues of shoes around the city. Yes, in the 20th century, Haverhill was a center of shoe production.  Haverhill had a 200-300 year history making shoes from the time in 1646 when a...

Hope y Esperanza

Esperanza Spalding’s visit to Conservatory Lab was a magical moment for students as well as the adults who teach them music on a daily basis. She met the second grade orchestra named for her. She talked about the trust and freedom she saw in their eyes — something in...

My Book Talk at the State House Library!

Last week I had the opportunity to give an author talk at the Massachusetts State House Library. When they asked last Fall if I’d be willing, I didn’t hesitate. Even though I didn’t know anything about this author series, I’m a devoted fan of libraries and librarians....

Learning in Detroit and Michigan

Recently, I traveled to Detroit to speak at the CS Partners annual conference. While there, I became enraged to learn about legislation related to the third grade reading test in Michigan that was passed two years ago by a Republican state legislature. Next year, this...

Misinterpreted Marshmallows

I was fascinated by this write up in The Atlantic of a recently released update of the infamous “Marshmallow Test” study. The new study, conducted byTyler Watts from New York University and Greg Duncan and Hoanan Quan from University of California Irvine,...

Back at School Again

After two years in full-time academia, I am back in a school. It feels right. Labor Day and the ritual of children returning to school are, once again, part of my daily world. I am the newly appointed Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (The...