Advocate for Every Child, Every Reader, and Every Story.
Champion for kids and young people, for their real lives with stories. Teacher of teachers. Author. Education entrepreneur. Created Books for Boys (widely replicated reading initiative for foster care kids launched 1990), LitLife (groundbreaking teacher training initiative launched 2001), and LitWorld (renowned global literacy movement serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries launched 2007). A passionate advocate for innovation in education and in building start ups that grow up to change the world.
Awards and Honors:
The Children's Village Legacy of Service Award The Bush Institute Women's Initiative Fellowship Mentor The Scholastic Literacy Champion Award W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow in Racial Equity and Healing Brock International Prize in Education Finalist Teachers College Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Award
Forthcoming book with Monica Burns entitled Taming the Wild Text
Every Child a Super Reader (Scholastic 2015) co-authored with Dr. Ernest Morrell Your Child's Writing Life (Penguin/Avery 2011) What To Read When (Avery, 2009) Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys (Scholastic 2011) The Core ReadySeries (Pearson 2013) The Complete Year (Scholastic 2008)
Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC News, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post, CNN International, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, Real Simple, Parenting Magazine. More here.
Daughters, husband, and dog, Dewey. Reading. Walking anywhere, but especially in cities. Music, especially when writing (Natalie Merchant, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Lijadu Sisters and the king: Neil Young.) Reading, anywhere, anytime, especially at 2:00 a.m.. (Lately anything about mortality, anything written by female comedians, and poems about journeys.)