Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Story of Teaching: From Sicily to Seattle

I last updated this website in 2013, shortly after moving to Seattle when I finished my Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. Much has happened since then, so I’ve spent the afternoon updating the site with links to stories from my nearly three-year stint with The Seattle Times’ Education Lab project as well as updates to my resume and biography.

The new banner photo is the view from Erice, a medieval, mountaintop village in Sicily that his hope to the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture.  I was invited there in the summer of 2013 to talk there at The Eighth International Summer School on Mind, Brain and Education. The title of my presentation was “A journalist’s quest to understand how teaching makes us human.”

In September of 2013, I began working for The Seattle Times, where I wrote in-depth stories about the neuroscience of reading, the relationship between emotions and thinking in the classroom, and the benefits of professional mental health coaching to prevent expulsions from preschool (see the Stories tab for links to those stories and many more). I completed my contract on July 1, 2016 and I’m now working on a book-length journalism project about the new science of teaching.