Making sure you show up in your own story

(From 2017) Tomorrow we have our fourth Annual Storytelling Festival for the AmeriCorps programs of Maryland. Our hosts at Casa Maryland and Pablo Blank always provide a warm welcome in their amazing space. Each year, we try different things and…..

News & Updates

Maryland launches nation’s first state-backed service year program

By Erin Cox Washington Post October 28th 2023 Before the pomp even really began, Maryland’s inaugural class of Service Year members wore broad smiles and streamed past red-lipped cheerleaders with pompoms to celebrate the country’s first state-run service year program. Inside…..

Seven Montgomery schools are named after enslavers. That could change.z

Nicole Asbury Washington Post November 29th 2023 On the 1790 Census, Col. Zadok Magruder reported he had 26 people enslaved on his property. Now, about 200 years after his death, Montgomery County Public Schools could change the name of the…..

The Essential Skills for Being Human

By David Brooks If you ever saw the old movie “Fiddler on the Roof,” you know how warm and emotional Jewish families can be. They are always hugging, singing, dancing, laughing and crying together. I come from another kind of Jewish…..

MCPS statement on situation in Middle East

Our heartfelt thoughts are with our students and their families, who may be experiencing the impact of the deeply disturbing and tragic violence in Israel and Gaza in a variety of ways. Our schools must be welcoming, safe, and secure…..

Losing control of your story

Every year, we start a new team, and like them, we are full of good intentions. There is a need to be met among stuggling students who need another caring adult in their lives. There are inspired and generous adults…..

4 Ways To Incorporate Learning Science Research Into SEL Teaching

AUTHOR – BEN THIER As educators, staying updated on the best ways to support our students’ learning experiences can be difficult, especially given all of our other responsibilities. Luckily, the field of learning sciencehas taken on that important mission for…..


In the opening pages of the recent best-seller, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, the book’s authors note that we as teachers tend to make a lot of assumptions about how students learn—and, therefore, about what counts as effective…..

For the Peace Studio, storytelling is community-building

By Sophia Solano Maya Soetoro-Ng, professor, nonprofit founder and former president Barack Obama’s half sister, talks about her new children’s book, ‘The First Day of Peace,’ her life’s work and her mother’s influence on her efforts The neighboring agrarian communities in…..

Why learning isn’t the most important thing kids lost during the pandemic

Perspective by Valerie Strauss There’s no question that most children have lost learning opportunities over the past year, and most did not get the same amount of schooling they would have received if there had been no coronavirus pandemic. But there are different…..

Why social-emotional learning isn’t enough to help students today

Perspective by Valerie Strauss For years now, we’ve watched a movement called social-emotional learning become popular in U.S. schools with the aim of meeting the needs of students beyond academics — a recognition that many aspects of a young person’s life…..