I am an assistant principal at The Parkside School, PS 130, in Brooklyn, NY.
I used to teach fourth and sixth grade at the Brooklyn School of Inquiry.
I’m particularly interested in the connections between play and adolescent development, and how playful experiences can enhance academic learning.
I’m also workshopping a lot of ideas in my thinking and in my writing, usually as a result of some amazing input from all over the teachosphere.
Before returning to classroom teaching, I was a literacy consultant and staff developer for 10 years, first with Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing,Project, and then independently. I currently consult through Heinemann. Before that I taught first grade at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, NY.
I am the author of First Grade Writers, Second Grade Writers, and First Grade Readers, as well as the Heinemann Digital Campus course, Introduction to Writing Workshop, Grades 3-5. I am a coauthor of the second grade Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, with Lucy Calkins.