• How to Conquer the Dreaded College Application Essay” (Washington Post Magazine, November 2016): A student-written common app essay with my comments on drafts before and after my coaching.
  • Where to go in Wyoming for a postcard-perfect cowboy summer” (Washington Post Travel, October 2015): Family summer trip to a dude ranch near Jackson, Wyoming.
  • Fish Tales” (The Washingtonian, August 2012): I describe fishing local waterways with my son.
  • Grace and Grit” (The Washingtonian, January 2010): My father’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Received DC SPJ Dateline Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2010.
  • Family Finances” (Washington Post Magazine, July 2009): Life choices, incomes of me and lawyer twin brother.
  • Teaching for the Test” (Washington Post Magazine, February 2008): Building a dugout canoe and the National Board process.
  • Trading Places” (Washington Post Magazine, November 2005): Relationship with construction worker through night school.
  • “The Best Answer” (Washington Post Magazine, February 2004): Leaving public school classroom due to high stakes tests.
  • “The Fish Danced” (Washington Post Magazine, July 2001): A summer of discovery with English Language Learners.

Teacher Magazine and Education Week

  • Blog “Eduholic” on classroom practice and education issues (2007- 2009).
  • Blog “Certifiable?” on National Board Certification candidacy (2006- 2007).
  • Education Week, “Ranking America’s High Schools” (June 2006).
  • Teacher Magazine, “Misfire” (January ’01); “Parse This!” (March 1999).

Other publications

  • The American Prospect, “The Weakly Standards” (January 2004).
  • The National Writing Project Quarterly, “Apples for the Teacher” (April ‘00).
  • Mount Vernon Gazette “Hall Pass” column in community paper (1997-2002).
  • Monthly contributor to e-newsletter for clients of Sylvan Learning Center (2002-2005).



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