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From the temple-lined side streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand to the triple-deckers of Charlestown, Massachusetts, writer and teacher Jessica Lander finds that children who are written off as unlikely to succeed frequently defy our expectations. The secret is setting high expectations for all students and giving them the support they need. When students surprise themselves by discovering their own potential, it can transform their lives

Avid writer and teacher, Jessica Lander has lived and taught as far away as Thailand and Cambodia and as close as Boston — teaching students from sixth grade to university. She is a journalist and author of the recently published non-fiction book “Driving Backwards”.


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Jessica Lander

Jessica Lander

Jessica Lander is an avid explorer and a lover of stories. She has lived and taught in countries as far away as Thailand and Cambodia and in cities as close as Boston and Cambridge — teaching students from sixth grade to university. She is author of the recently published non-fiction book Driving Backwards. In addition she is a freelance journalist, her writings about education and other topics have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Huffington Post, and Princeton Alumni Weekly, as well as on her blog, Chalk Dust. She is currently at Harvard Graduate School of Education getting her Master’s in Education Policy and Management.