BOOK TALK! Great titles for kids and teens

February 21, 2019

It’s time for my annual West Hollywood Children’s Roundtable BOOK TALK! For over 20 years, the City of West Hollywood has hosted a gathering of people from schools, organizations, and government agencies who actively support children/teens and families. These monthly get-togethers, September to May, are ripe with information and ideas, including this annual book talk. With […]

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Book Review: The Nowhere Girls SDG 5

January 4, 2019

One of the Sustainable Development Goals is Goal 5: Gender Equality. One of the targets is “Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.” This includes at school and in the sphere of parties that are core to […]

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In Search Of . . .

January 3, 2019

The NY Times published an informative op-ed on December 31, 2018, In Search of Lost Screen Time, written by Paul Greenberg. This is an impressive overview of not only what we lose, but what we could gain. A language. Love. Health. Exercise. Reducing plastic. Meeting government officials. And nurturing others. I would welcome your thoughts […]

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A Thousand Rivers — a Response to an Article by Carol Black

December 6, 2018

Every now and then I read an article that grinds me to a halt. That happened this morning. I read the article “A Thousand Rivers” by Carol Black. I met Carol in 2010 at an International Baccalaureate Programme conference where she was screening her new documentary Schooling the World, a memorable and brilliant survey of […]

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BOOK TALK! Books that Inspire Us to Learn and Take Action

April 3, 2018

For my annual West Hollywood Children’s Roundtable BOOK TALK, I compose a list of books on specific themes determined in collaboration with the Social Services Team from the City of West Hollywood.  The City graciously purchases these books — and I give a book talk for the 40+ attendees, all from schools and agencies that support […]

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Walking Lessons: Why Gait Matters

March 15, 2018

Today at a New York City event, an elementary administrator began talking about how the school needs to be stricter about how the children walk in the halls. Stiffer rules. Stiffer consequences. I immediately expressed how any time we police children and aim to punish them, we are missing a learning opportunity. I also said […]

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A moment in the neighborhood

March 6, 2018

I just returned from a walk and a “stair hike” that has become part of a workout ritual. There’s a modest set of stairs in the neighborhood so I am building stamina and all that good stuff. Today three men, probably in their 20s, approached the stairs before me and sat down. There’s a good […]

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Six Weeks on the Road: 3 + 1 Takeaways from Costa Rica

October 8, 2017

Fact: October is rainy season for Costa Rica. And the reality matched the forecast. What did occur were winds and rains of what is growing to be Hurricane Nate. When up on a hilltop in San José for a divine dinner, the view was spectacular of the city lights below, until clouds and storming blocked the view […]

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Let’s Recap – Spring 2017

June 27, 2017

This has been a wonderful academic year. However, I have been sparse on the blogging front. I do enjoy blogging, especially that moment when an idea or an imperative for me to write presents. Then I write. Amid all the current work — and I am immersed in curriculum and program writing and development — […]

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UPdate and Opportunities from Cathy

March 12, 2017

Greetings all, Hoping this brief UPdate finds you all well and heading into a wonderful Spring. This has been an active year. Always grateful for the many people I have met in workshops, institutes and conferences – most recently (since January 1) – in Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, Chicago, New York City, Greensboro, New Paltz (NY), […]

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