Guest Moderator Kurt Wootton Joins Parent Book Club
October 16, 2012 § 4 Comments
Parent Book Club is very excited to announce that educator, author and consultant Kurt Wootton will blog and moderate the introduction segment of Madeline Levine’s “Teach Your Children Well” on Tuesday night, October 23, at 8:30 PM CST. Here’s a little bit about Kurt and why you need to join us for this exciting, enlightening discussion!
Kurt Wootton is a 20-year veteran teacher and expert in integrating literacy and the arts. He is cofounder of the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University, and he is currently the director of Habla: The Center for Language and Culture, an ArtsLiteracy lab school in Merida, Mexico. His first book, A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts, was written with Eileen Landay and recently published by Harvard University Press. He is also a relatively new parent: his daughter is a little over two years old. (Go here for full bio.)
Kurt is also my friend. We performed in high school productions of “The Music Man” and “Hello, Dolly!” together; we both have fathers who taught public school. But, most importantly, we have had many discussions about the role of education in children’s lives (especially over email); he has guided much of the thinking that helped me become the education writer I am today; I attended an Habla conference put on by Kurt and his wife Marimar that changed the way I thought about learning. It is for all these reasons that I thought Kurt was the perfect person to investigate the introduction to psychologist Levine’s guide to authentic parenting. I can’t wait to hear what Kurt has to say about the book – his perspective as a teacher and a parent, what he thinks are the biggest takeaways, and how he thinks parents might be able to use Levine’s argument going forward.
So, why wouldn’t you join us for Tuesday’s intro session on Teach Your Children Well? Get your book today and dig into the introduction, then come back Tuesday night at 8:30 PM CST to share your thoughts!