Connie is a researcher and a former high school English teacher. She is passionate about preparing young people to live well together and build more caring, just, and sustainable communities. She has written about education for the 21st century, global citizenship, and community organizing. She works with a variety of education organizations on research, policy, strategy, and curriculum development. Her BA, EdM (Teaching & Curriculum, 1999 & International Education Policy, 2007), and doctorate are from Harvard University. She has been a foster parent to a 13-year-old boy for the past 3.5 years.