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Hi, I'm Kathy!
I am passionate about teaching skills for communicating across difference, whether the differences arise across the kitchen table, in the classroom, the board room, or across religious, racial, and political divides. Drawing on the insights of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, I lead workshops for couples, parents, teachers, and non-profit organizations.
After studying English and Hebrew literature at Harvard University, I started out as a high school English and drama teacher, then went back to study more about teaching — earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University. I later directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school-reform organization focused on creating more equitable and vibrant schools. Along the way, I’ve written or co-written several books on curriculum, teaching, and school reform, including Moral Questions in the Classroom, Teaching as Inquiry, and Choosing Small.
I now focus on leading communication workshops and retreats for organizations; I also work privately with couples and parents. I’m delighted to serve on the faculty of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute. I am a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.