For forty years, I've worked with and for children from preschool through eighth grade as a classroom teacher, principal, teacher educator, educational consultant and facilitator.
After receiving an MSW from Howard University, I studied at the Gesell Institute of Human Development. Early in my career, I made developmentally based teaching the center of my educational practice. My core belief: Knowing what children at each age are developmentally capable of doing physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively enables respectful, successful teaching of all children.
In 1981, I co-founded Northeast Foundation for Children (NEFC), and helped develop the Responsive Classroom approach. I'm currently an Origins Fellow and a facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal Northeast, which offers reflective professional development experience for teachers and school leaders based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, especially his best-selling book The Courage to Teach.
I've written several books and many articles on developmentally appropriate teaching. My latest book, co-authored with Babs Freeman-Loftis, is Responsive School Discipline: Essentials for Elementary School Leaders (NEFC 2011). Other works include Time to Teach, Time to Learn: Changing the Pace of School (NEFC 1999) and Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4–14, reissued by NEFC in August 2007 as an expanded and revised third edition. Yardsticks has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Serbo-Croatian. Yardsticks has become a favorite guidebook for both teachers and parents who want to understand how best to help children learn and grow.