Current Projects

These selected projects demonstrate the range of organizations, disciplines, and consultation experience from my current and previous work. 

Edible Schoolyard

Curriculum Design &

Professional Development

Designed a workplace curriculum and facilitate ongoing PD workshops with staff and board members to build a deliberate and sustained practice of critically analyzing issues related to racial justice and societal inequity as part of creating responsive programs and organizational policy.

Adobe Content Authenticity Initiative

Curriculum Design

Designing a media literacy curriculum to support the “content authenticity initiative” led by Adobe and consortium of media and technology companies to develop standards for authenticating the creation and revision of digital images to prevent against tampering and misrepresentation.

The curriculum will prepare middle school and high school students with the critical skills needed to be responsible media consumers and creators. 

Available in Fall 2022.

Colgate University
NEH Teacher Institute

Professional Development

Pedagogy leader for a three-week, residential, summer institute for teachers to study the topic of Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in North America from the colonial era through the Civil War. Supported teachers to translate recent historical scholarship, field trips to key anti-slavery sites, and primary source documents into school-based curriculum. 

Image by Laura Del Debbio

Highlighted Projects

These projects with Philipsburg Manor, a historic site in New York's Hudson Valley, reflect the range of my work as a curriculum designer, multimedia producer, and workshop facilitator for teachers and professionals.

"During the colonial period, runaway slave advertisements were published in nearly every newspaper. These primary documents indicate the size and scope of colonial enslavement in the North and provide evidence of ongoing, active resistance by enslaved individuals against the institution that bound them." Excerpt from educational materials created for Historic Hudson Valley.

 

Curriculum Design

Runaway Art

Designed a standards based curriculum about enslavement and resistance in colonial New York, using art making to help middle school learners interpret colonial era slave advertisements.

Film Production

Runaway: The Film

Produced a short film that imagines the lives of enslaved Africans at Philipsburg Manor, a northern plantation during the colonial era. Designed a supporting curriculum to help viewers engage in dialogue about the film's themes of power, family and resistance.

Professional Development

NEH Institute:

Colonial Slavery in the North

Program Director and faculty for 2017, 2019 and 2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teacher Institute supporting K-12 teachers across the US. Co-designed syllabus about slavery in northern colonial America and facilitated daily seminars with historians and other faculty.

Wall

Previous Work

As an experienced non-profit professional and independent consultant, I regularly work with local and international NGOs, museums, and foundations to design multimedia curricula and professional development.

Links to selected projects appear below.

 

Project Innovation

2012-2015

Led the research, design and implementation of a multimedia resource about social innovation. The interactive website includes short films and instructional materials to support the development of skills needed by government agencies and community partners to innovate in the social sector.

The Resilience Age

2014

Contributing producer and curriculum consultant for The Resilience Age, a multimedia film and curriculum to support HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition to inspire collaboration among government officials and professionals in urban planning, climate science, engineering, architecture and design.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Mayors Challenge

2017

Facilitator of Idea Accelerator Workshops with Mayors in cities across the US as they develop staff capacity and skills to conduct preliminary research and investigate complex problems in their communities.