Selected Work


The Life and Death of Antonio Sajvín Cúmes, Guernica (March 2021)
He planned to write a memoir, The Life of a Migrant. Its central thesis: The American Dream is a lie.

American Dream, The Washington Post Magazine (cover story) (June 2020)
Clinging to hope of a life in the U.S., migrants in this Mexican camp united to practice their own brand of democracy.

What Isolation Does to Undocumented Immigrants, The Atlantic (May 2020)
The pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the lonely, confined lives many immigrants in the United States were already living.

Out of Sight, Guernica (March 2020)
Hope sustains the migrants living in a camp in Matamoros, Mexico, but everything is tainted by despair.

Letter from Guatemala: From Scratch, Harper’s (Dec. 2019)
How do migrants stay connected to the homes and family they leave behind? One business ferries home-cooked soup from Guatemala to Queens, New York.

“Achieving the American Dream” with a Loan and a Smuggler, The New York Times (Nov. 2019)
Poor Guatemalans, desperate to come to the United States, take out loans under false pretenses to finance their journey. The dream is often elusive.

En español

La vida y muerte de Antonio Sajvín Cúmes, No-Ficción (marzo 2021)
Tenía previsto escribir unas memorias, La vida de un emigrante. Su tesis central: El sueño americano es una mentira.

El sueño americano se alcanza con un préstamo y un contrabandista, New York Times (noviembre 2019)
Desesperados por migrar a Estados Unidos, muchos guatemaltecos usan argumentos falsos para financiar su viaje al norte. A menudo, la consecuencia es una espiral de deudas y amenazas.


Thinking is a Mess We Should Talk About, Edutopia (January 2021)
Great minds don’t think alike—which is why students need to witness examples of genuine thought in all its glorious and messy individuality.

Pedro Noguera: The Work Is Not Yet Done, Edutopia (September 2020)
Unequal schools have been a fact of American life long after Brown v. Board. In the midst of another great awakening on race and equity, can we summon the will to change them?

How Children Process Fear and Anxiety Through Play, Edutopia (June 2020)
Young children will likely process the tumultuous events of 2020 in the only way they know how—through play. Here’s how adults can be supportive.

Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly, Edutopia (February 2020)
The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”

Want Mastery? Let Children Find Their Own Way, Edutopia (December 2019)
Prominent scholars say that to drive deeper learning, students need to become accustomed to confusion—and develop the persistence to find their own answers.

When the Bus is the Schoolhouse, Hechinger Report and Christian Science Monitor (February 2020)
In a remote region of Appalachia, a preschool on wheels offers a vehicle to improved life outcomes for young children and their families.

Teaching Your Heart Out: Emotional Labor and the Need for Systemic Change, Edutopia (July 2019)
Love for their students is what drives many teachers—but it’s also what makes the profession really, really hard.

How Daily Farm Work and Outdoor Projects Make Learning in High School Better for Teens, Hechinger Report and NPR’s MindShift (June 2019)
At Telstar Freshman Academy, outdoor-based projects are a way to raise students’ ambitions and keep them engaged

“We Want a Kid You Don’t Have Any Idea What to Do With”, Hechinger Report and Pacific Standard (April 2019)
Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy helps very vulnerable students succeed in high school — and beyond.

For Refugee High Schoolers in Boston, a Vision of America the Normal, The Progressive (March 2017)

Why Learning Things ‘Sooner and Faster’ Doesn’t Get Them Further in School, The Washington Post (January 2016)

Personal Essays (and Photography)

Pretend Nobody Died, Guernica (May 2020)
These days, every day is the same: I play with my three-year-old neighbor. At night, I call the hospital. Before I go to bed, I upload my photos.

Learning to See, Pigeon Pages (May 2018)

When I first start working with Finola, I haven’t begun to carry a camera everywhere; my eyes are not yet the eyes of a photographer.