Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Boston Citation for BAA - Dr. Linda Nathan!

Dr. Linda Nathan, Founder and Co-headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy accepts the Toastmasters District 31 Communication & Leadership award from 2009-2010 District 31 Governor, Sherri Raftery at the D31 Spring Conference on Saturday May 15, 2010 - Hilton Hotel in Dedham, MASS.

I was soooo very proud to have the honor of presenting Dr. Linda Nathan - Founder and Co-Headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy with the District 31 Toastmasters Communication & Leadership award.

It was well deserved award, and she did a remarkable job at speaking at the luncheon. Linda was able to sign her books The Hardest Questions Aren't on the Test - Lessons From An Innovative Urban School and sign them for folks.

I spoke with her about bring public speaking courses to the Boston Arts Academy to help students learn how to frame their messages in a professional way.

If you would like to purchase her book - all proceeds go right back into the school!

Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools “With heart, compassion, and a magnifying glass, Linda Nathan takes us into the world of an urban high school, with its daily trials, defeats, joys, and victories. By broadening the lessons learned from the successful Boston Arts Academy, she is providing a service to educators everywhere. Everything from the achievement gap to parent elections to professional learning communities gets examined. This book does not shy away from raising questions, encouraging self-reflection, and ultimately opening minds – all while drawing on the power of the arts to engage, inspire, and achieve greatness.”

Larry Lucchino, President/Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Red Sox “Linda Nathan has written a remarkable book. Boston Arts Academy is an urban public high school just across the street from Fenway Park. So I get to see first hand, young people from every neighborhood in the city who greatly benefit from the approaches so clearly espoused by this innovative educator. With over 90% of graduates consistently going on to college (many the first in their families to do so), the results speak for themselves. ”

Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra“Linda Nathan takes a courageous look at our deteriorating educational system, and offers innovative solutions. Our “teaching for the test” system, designed to even the playing field for our young people, has instead so often marginalized those who don’t fit into the “multiple choice” scenario. Linda makes a case for reaching each student on his or her own terms, using an arts-based curriculum that unlocks the creative thinking and capacity for self-expression that such an approach nurture. The results are thought-provoking and inspiring.”

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