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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The Work of the World: On the Road

November 14, 2016

The work of the world . . . Grateful for the work I have been immersed in so a bit of what I have been up to over the last few weeks – with highlights. Adding many miles and more to go! Do see at the end what inspired this title. NYC: Youth Leadership Councils […]

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Is Democracy Convenient?

October 30, 2016

I keep running a TV clip in my mind. A reporter is in NYC asking a woman if she plans to vote. In what sounds to me like an irate tone she replies, “Only if it’s convenient.” When did protecting our democracy become “convenient”? In school, I learned about the founding of the country and […]

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The Ability to Protest

August 30, 2016

Three recent ongoing events have captured my attention. The Ethiopian marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s protest during the summer Olympic games, the protest led by Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem. These all connect to the 1964 World’s Fair in held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, […]

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A New School Year Boost–Engaging Teaching

August 24, 2016

Last November, I led day workshop for the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network. We had about 140 attendees, from kindergarten to higher ed, and the day was lively and productive. With a variety of engaging experiences to build the skills for leading service learning with students, I also modeled “engaging teaching strategies” throughout. And I […]

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