#Me Too–The Sexual Politics of Art School

What does it mean to be a woman and an artist? How did being a woman affect my experiences as an art student in some of the most prestigious art schools in the country? Now that “Me Too” has exploded across the media, powerful women are talking about the humiliations and abuses they have endured to simply learn [...]

The Critical Work of Teachers, as told by Vivian Paley

Vivian Gussin Paley at 92Y Wonderplay Conference 2008 (follow this link to her keynote speech) If you are someone who cares about what goes on in schools, please watch this short keynote address by one of my education heroes, Vivian Gussin Paley. She explains the absolutely essential role of play in a child’s life and learning, [...]

Art Teaching: Braiding Strands of Theory into Practice

Every teacher-in-training takes theory classes in preparation for entering the classroom.  Over time, our theories about children and learning become the foundation for our practice–the daily life of working with children in the classroom.  As I have matured in my teaching I have integrated various strands of theory into my own unique hybrid of classroom [...]

Reggio and Choice–Reflections from the Classroom

On Tuesday evening, October 12, my Reggio Emilia Study Group gathered in Portland to start another year together.  We have been calling ourselves the Portland Area Reggio Collaborative, or PARC for a couple of years now.  We are a collection of early childhood educators in the greater Portland, Maine area who come together to deepen [...]