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...

Reflections from Haiti

I recently traveled to Haiti with other Barr Foundation Fellows. I hope you will read my reflections on this amazing experience (though I do admit- they are long!) I look forward to hearing any comments or...

A school with promise

Something seems amiss in all of the teacher and union bashing in the news these days. That talk about earning too much money, bloated benefits, not working hard enough, not caring about the kids. And then how the union protects us, especially the really bad ones. I...

The power of community

“What are you doing in that robe?” Riana, a 10th grader, asks me as I come barreling down the stairs. “I’m going to Abraham’s graduation,” I reply grinning, “And I can’t be late.” It’s mid-day in March, graduation day at Boston Arts Academy. Faculty line the assembly...