Nonfiction Works for Children
Let’s prepare children to become heroes of their own stories.
Let’s give kids the mastery they need to write the future they want.
My nonfiction writing focuses on the social, environmental, and economic topics that will shape kids’ futures. I want children to understand the challenges facing the world and also inspire youth to work for change. To do so, content must be age-appropriate, accessible, and offer a hopeful path forward. Here’s an overview of my work in this space:
A TASTE OF CHANGE: FACES magazine (october 2019)
The October issue of FACES features stories about chocolate. My article, “A Taste of Change,” introduces youth to Fair Trade as a way to eliminate child labor in the global cocoa industry.
Advisor, WGBH/PBS Kids
Since 2015 I’ve served as Advisor for Plum Landing and LOOP SCOOPS, multimedia children’s environmental programs produced by PBS Kids/WGBH Boston. LOOP SCOOPS offers a series of videos on the science and economics of design, while Plum Landing combines animation, live action videos, and community-based activities to get kids exploring nature in their local communities. For both programs, I worked alongside a team of animators, researchers, and educators to provide input on scripts, refine the scientific and environmental content, and adapt the evaluation tools.
curriculum for sustainability and social justice
In 2002, I founded Creative Change, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on curriculum development. Key projects include the following:
An anti-discrimination curriculum and professional development program for the United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project. Curriculum addresses racial, gender, class, ethnic, and religious discrimination. (2003)
A series of science and social studies lessons on the economic- and environmental aspects of Fair Trade for Fair Trade Campaigns. (2016)
A series of geography and science lessons on the cultural and scientific dimensions of climate change developed for The Changing Earth at the University of Minnesota. (2016)
A complete course on brownfields redevelopment (the remediation of contaminated properties) in collaboration with the Purdue University College of Engineering. (2009)
A suite of lessons on the science and economics of ecological design in partnership with Eastern Michigan University. (2007)
My methods have been published in my book, Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability.