Op-Eds & Blog Posts

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“Orange and Sardines: Art and Ekphrasis in the Writing Center.” Another Word: From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 25, 2017.

I sometimes think about “Why I Am Not a Painter” when I meet with the many talented art students who visit the Writing Center...

“To invest in early education, we must value ‘women’s work.’” The Capital Times, June 7, 2017.

In 1873, when many American children still studied in one-room schoolhouses, the first public kindergarten in the United States opened in the small shipbuilding town of Manitowoc, Wisconsin...

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“What ‘school choice’ in Milwaukee should teach us.” The Capital Times, December 7, 2016.

Some see the world in terms of winners and losers, but this is not a worldview that will square with our imperative to provide high-quality education to all...

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“Play and the Writing Center—From Kindergarten to College.” Another Word: From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 26, 2016. 

When I taught kindergarten in an urban public school in Milwaukee, my “writing center” was a real plastic mailbox I purchased at the hardware store...