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September Newsletter
Summer has brought an important change for the Center’s ongoing Archival Project: Jaclyn Majewski, who has been the principal administrator of the project for the past four years, has left for new horizons in library and archival work in New Orleans.  Her excellent and outstanding work has enabled the Center to nearly complete its digitizing and cataloging process, as well as establish a number of the Center’s outreach programs. The Center’s Archival Project will now be administered by Kris Santos and Jeanie Yeo.

I had the pleasure during the summer to read a number of books which I would like to recommend:

Pay Attention to the Children: Lessons for Teachers and Parents from Sylvia Ashton –Warner by Sydney Gurewitz Clemens is a deeply engaging overview of the life and work of this innovative teacher and writer, who, in no small part, influenced my own work and teaching.

Susan Ochshorn’s Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children is an urgent and extremely important call to educators for reform and innovation – particularly for the youngest of our citizens.

Renée Dinnerstein’s Choice Time: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play presents an imaginative series of ways to enrich the lives of children through the establishment of centers in classrooms where children can discover the multiplicity and richness of their worlds.  

Colin Andrew Lee’s  Paul Nordoff: Composer and Music Therapist explores the life and music of Paul Nordoff, with whom I had the pleasure of studying with at Bard College. His profound and pioneering work with children is now the basis of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University.

And finally, an insightful essay The Annual Rings of School from a recent book, A Good Story by Todd Nelson. Todd is the principal of the Brooksville Elementary School in Maine. Over the years he has been writing poignant and evocative weekly columns about childhood, the arts, learning and teaching.

As fall approaches, I am pleased to announce, as part of our continuing conversation with the natural world, a reading and arts workshop I will be giving for children and adults based on my book, A Tree Lives, illustrated by Noah Baen. The workshop is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 8th at 11 AM to 12 PM at the Word Up Community Bookshop.  
 My leaf needs kindness and stars and snow in order to grow.
                                                                                  -Valentine, Age 7


Richard Lewis
Touchstone Center for Children

Photograph from the Touchstone Center Archives. Painting and Quote From A Tree Lives by Richard Lewis, Illustrated by Noah Baen. Touchstone Center Publications. 
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