Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey
Karen Gross @KarenGrossEdu and Marc Wine
Lucy, Dillon the dragon and Tapestry the Unicorn discover the existence of giraffes, although they have never ever seen a live giraffe. Together, they decide to write fun, funny and fanciful jokes about this fantastic and fascinating new creature they have just discovered. They hope their many jokes will enable everyone who hears and reads them to smile and laugh but also to help people around the globe realize that giraffes are facing extinction and need our help to survive and thrive.
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I am an author, educator and higher education consultant based in Washington, DC where I serve as Senior Counsel for Finn Partners. I also taught in Spring 2016 at Bennington College (VT) and sit on the Advisory Council of the Penn Center for MSIs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. I also work as a Senior Fellow on College Promise, part of the non-profit Civic Nation.
For 8 plus years (until 12/31/14), I was the President of Southern Vermont College, a small, private, affordable, four-year college located in Bennington, Vermont. The College offers a career-launching education with a liberal arts core, and many of the College’s students enter the fields of healthcare, criminal justice, entrepreneurship and social service. More than 65% of its students are the first in their families to go to college and approximately 50% are Pell eligible.
I am the author of an award winning book, Failure and Forgiveness, published by Yale University Press. I have a forthcoming book on vulnerable student success across the educational pipeline titled Breakaway Learners to be published by Columbia Teachers College Press (April 2017 pub date). (www.breakawaylearners.com) I am also the author of a children’s book series titled Lady Lucy’s Quest; further information is available the books’ website: www.ladylucysquest.com. My co-authored book on the post-inaugural march signage and its meaning was released on Feb. 20, 2017: Teach Our Children Well.
Raised in New England, I am a cum laude graduate of Smith College where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (and spent my junior year at Dartmouth College in its first year of co-education) and a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law, having spent my final year of law school at the University of Chicago. Prior to entering legal academia, I taught at the high school and college levels and practiced law in Chicago and New York.