Alice Lesnick

Alice Lesnick, a member of Serendip Studio's steering group, is an educator, writer, and painter/poet interested in collaborative learning, kids and families, feminisms, and change via all of the above.  She is Term Professor of Education and Director of the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, where she was awarded the Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award in 2004. A faculty associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College since 1993 and a former preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teacher, Alice works on social justice education, including via partnership with Titagya Schools, an early learning project in Northern Ghana and with Parkway West High School in Philadelphia. Her most recent publications include: (with Jody Cohen, in press), "Beyond ‘Open-Mindedness:’ Practices for Understanding the Myth of Meritocracy in Teacher Education Classes.”  In Gorski, P., Osei, Kofi, N., Sapp, J, & Zenkov, K., Overcoming Social Justice Bottlenecks: Strategies for Teaching Critical and Difficult Concepts in Teacher Education, Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. (with Paul Grobstein, 2011), “Education Is Life Itself: Biological Evolution as a Model for Human Learning.” Evolution: Education and Outreach, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp. 688-700; (with Anne Dalke, 2011), “Teaching Intersections: The Surprise of Gift-Giving and -Getting in the Cultural Commons.” Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Alice's paintings are online at and (sometimes) microblogs on Twitter as @alesnick.

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