"Blending the rigor of a social scientist, the heart and artistry of a poet, the wisdom and compassion of an educator, and the devotion of a daughter, Jessica Hoffmann Davis writes the Story her mother asked her to tell...a book about the kind of education every child deserves, and about the ordinary Teacher whose mission it was to see the goodnes and gifts in each one of her students. Teachers and parents will draw powerful lessons from this beautiful book."---Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily hargroves Fisher Professor of Education, Harvard University and author of Balm in Gilead, Respect, and The Third Chapter
"As a graduate of the Hoffmann School, I was thrilled to read Jessica Hoffmann Davis's brilliant new book, Ann Hoffmann encouraged each child's individuality and interest and instinctively recognizsed what was needed to unlock his or her passion to learn. The Hoffmann School experience totally changed the direction of my life, opening horizons that would not have been conceivable without Ann Hoffmannn's guidance."---Austn C. Hill, clinical psychologist in private practice, New york City
This is the Remarkable Story of the Hoffmann School for individual Attention, where the principal believed in a diverse, challenging, and challenged group of students---with extraordinary results. With a definition of gifted that included all children, Ann Hoffmann embracedstudents that other schools had failed, and she helped them not just to learn, but to learn to love learning. Written with candor and humor by renowned arts educator (and Ann Hoffmann's daughter) Jessica Hoffmann Davis, this portrait will resonate with anyone who has known or been a champion of children. This fascinating narrative addresses thet timeless features of teaching and learning with important implication for how we think about curriculum, instruction, and classroom life.