Uncertain Futures

Childhood Cancer: Powerful Words

With regard to our kids, words we hope never to hear or have to say include “cancer” and “death.” We hope to avoid these words altogether, and when they arise, there is a tendency to...
Voices of Teens

Writing for Their Lives

Voices of Teens is one of those books that make the reader want to laugh and cry simultaneously. Laugh because it is a case study in the power of one teacher to inspire a...
Tap, Click, Read

Pioneers in Literacy Land

"This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories.” These words from Plato’s Phaedrus are directed against the alphabet, which Socrates feared would lead to a...
Revolutionary Grandparents

Grandparents to the Rescue

Most grandparents, on hearing the news of an impending new family member, are thrilled and excited, perhaps entertaining daydreams of fishing trips, sleepovers, cookie baking, and college graduations.  But for some, those dreams are...