“Fireworks on the Moon,” fiction in Unearthed, December 2020
“The Mystery at Delight,” fiction in The Daily Drunk, December 2020
“Æblekage,” creative nonfiction in Dwelling Literary Issue 1, November 2020
A handful of pieces that reflect my work. Click through to read more.
Layla Avila is founder and CEO of Education Leaders of Color, or EdLoC, a new membership organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices, and influence of people of color in education and to leading more inclusive efforts to improve education. Layla is driven by a central value, a “belief that our work and education is about really being able to use education to create more thriving black and Latino communities, with a belief that education is a key way of ending generational poverty.” This focus is driven by personal experience and her own education, which “really changed the trajectory for my family.” Read her story.
I spoke with Nigeria Segure-Watson and Mark Murphy about GripTape, a new venture that empowers youth to direct their own learning.
Nigeria is a high school senior, a board member at GripTape, and one of the organization’s first “challengers,” meaning she was given $500 and a coach to pursue a passion project. With those resources, Nigeria pulled off a photo shoot, learned about creative direction, and is now a successful young entrepreneur while finishing up her last year of high school. “I am here to spread agency and inspire the youth, to enlighten them on their possibilities in the world,” she says.
Mark is the former Delaware secretary of education. He says that years of going in and out of classrooms opened his eyes to a huge gap in learning: students were going through the motions without the adults actually asking what they wanted or needed. So, he started GripTape, giving youth small amounts of capital and the ability to self-teach a project of their choosing. “I characterize my work as trying to create the conditions that allow young people to pursue their passions. And those conditions include having levels of authority that they have rarely, if ever had, coupled with resources that they have rarely if ever had.” Read their Q+A.
A new short film is highlighting the work of ReSchool Colorado, an initiative that is reimagining the school system with individual learners at the center of their own education. In these extended profiles, we are featuring a teacher, a learner, and an advocate working with ReSchool, to give a better sense of how this work will give young people the agency they need to develop a clear sense of self and acquire the skills they need to lead meaningful lives.
Colorado Academy teacher Paul Kim knows that taking a different approach to learning will spark students’ curiosity. “If you really engage with kids, you find out that they have these really deep interests, things that you don’t get to talk about in class per se.” At Colorado Academy, Paul and his fellow teachers are given the flexibility to offer students a different kind of learning experience — one that ReSchool Colorado thinks could be one model in a new way of education. Read more.
From 2011 – 2013, I wrote about crafting, making, and artists as The Nerdy Sewist. I also taught sewing and was featured on the PBS show Sew It All, talking about how to install simple handbag hardware in a homemade purse.
A sampling of stories from reporting and producing for Colorado Public Radio and Aspen Public Radio.
Colorado Public Radio, Paralympic Cycling Trials
A road race at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood was the final test for a group of elite athletes competing for spots on the US Paralympic Cycling Team. KCFR’s Kristina Tabor reports.
Colorado Public Radio, Healthier School Foods Catch On In Douglas County
KCFR’s Kristina Tabor visited one of the county’s lunchrooms.
Colorado Public Radio, Election Results: Education Funding
Ballot measures to increase school funding in more than 25 local districts had mixed success, but the statewide education finance question, Amendment 59, failed. KCFR’s Kristina Tabor reports.
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, New Denver Art Museum Building Opens: Architect Daniel Libeskind
Architect Daniel Libeskind talks to Ryan Warner about his first building in the United States, the Denver Art Museum’s new Frederic C. Hamilton wing. Libeskind says inspiration for the building came from all around: the Rockies, the big sky and Denver’s pioneer history. We also hear some first impressions from visitors who recently got a sneak peek inside.
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, Colorado State Treasurer Mike Coffman Returns From Iraq
Ryan Warner speaks with Mr. Coffman after his seven-month tour helping to organize Iraqi elections and form local governments there.
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, Banjo Player Pete Wernick & Flexigrass
Nationally known banjo player Pete Wernick, of Niwot, has a new CD called What The. He speaks with with Dan Meyers.