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June, 2019. My book Humanizing the Classroom: Using Role Plays to Teach Social and Emotional Skills in Middle and High School is available though the publisher, Rowman and Littlefield, as well through online outlets such as Amazon. If you are interested in SEL, role plays, experiential learning, arts in education, or culturally responsive teaching this may be right up your alley! The book draws from my many years working in the field of social and emotional learning as well as my background in the performing arts to present a full bodied approach to teaching social and emotional skills as well as over 45 lessons for classroom teachers to explore subjects from assertiveness to self talk to countering bias and prejudice.
I started my writing career in the early 2000's in theater, and had a number of music-theater pieces produced in NYC's downtown theater scene. I was artist in residence at the Obie award winning there HERE Art Center, where my shows Comedian from a Crumbling Empire and The Memory Orchestra Murmurs were both produced.
I also had a mention in the New Yorker Magazine when my third music-theater piece, Western Unidad was produced by the Obie Award winning Ice Factory Festival. That was fun!
In those years, I also wrote a lot of poems, and was published as a poet in a number of journals. Here is a sample.
Lastly, in addition to my artistic work , I am a progressive educator in the field of social and emotional learning which supports teachers and students as they build positive communication skills and counter bias. My work in this field has influenced my creative life and vice versa. As such, I regularly write columns to assist teachers working in this area for George Lucas's educational site, Edutopia.