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Kurt Wootton
Kurt Wootton is the Director of Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Mexico, an international language school and community arts center dedicated to fostering global collaborations between teachers, artists, and students. Kurt was also one of the founding directors of the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University. He has taught in schools and universities in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.

Kurt writes about education at

Entries by Kurt Wootton

6 Powerful Ideas for Reading with Kids

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Reading daily to our children is important for both the pleasure it brings in its own right and for the future benefits it promises for academic, professional, and even economic success (for more on the importance of reading check out Jim Trelease's classic The Read-Aloud Handbook). If you're reading this...

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A Dog in the Barn: Parallels in Teaching and Parenting

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 2:03 PM

Sandra, my two year-old-daughter, has a wooden puzzle in front of her with a series of doors. Behind the doors sit magnetized objects, each corresponding to the image painted on the front: the cow rests in the barn, the turkey cooks in the oven, the bird perches in its cage....

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Listen to the Teacher

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 11:44 AM

During the Great Depression Myles Horton and a group of committed educators founded Highlander Folk School. Based on Dutch models of adult education centers, Horton built the school to provide a place where adults who shared a common cause could meet to hash out their ideas regarding how to better...

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How Many Continents Are There?

(9) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 10:48 AM

As my wife and I were driving home one night on the highway from Merida, Mexico, the capital city of the Yucatan where we work, to our home in Cholul, the small pueblo right outside of the city, we somehow stumbled onto the topic of how many continents there are...

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The Beauty of Failure

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:56 PM

In the now widely-shared commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford, he shares the story of three moments in his life that were transformative: his dropping out of college, his being fired from Apple, and his first diagnosis of cancer. We might perceive each of his examples as...

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Educational Experience is Paramount

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 1:49 PM

The recent appointment of Cathleen Black to the chancellorship of the New York Public Schools -- the nation's largest school system -- has brought to the forefront the question of who is qualified to lead our schools. Ms. Black has almost no experience with public schools. She didn't send her...

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The Highest Standard in Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 12:48 AM

When I was 16 my father handed me a journal my mother had kept during the nine months she was dying of cancer. She passed away when I was 2 years old, and the memories I had of her were only images: lying next to her in bed listening to...

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