Ariel Sacks

Ariel Sacks

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Ariel Sacks teaches middle school English Language Arts and is a literacy coach in New York City. She is proud to say this is her nineteenth year of classroom teaching. Throughout her career, she has worked with a wide range of diverse learners both in DOE schools and currently in a public charter school. She studied progressive pedagogy at Bank Street College of Education, where her mentor and longtime collaborator, Madeleine Ray, first introduced her to the whole novel concept and encouraged her to integrate imaginative writing into literature studies. Ariel published Whole Novels For the Whole Class: A Student Centered Approach in 2013 (Jossey Bass) and ten years later, she's releasing Who Gets To Write Fiction: Opening Doors To Imaginative Writing for All Students (W.W. Norton) in October, 2023. She has been writing about teaching and education policy for years at Center for Teaching Quality (now Mira Education), her Education Week column, in ACSD Education Leadership, and other publications. An advocate for teacher leadership, Ariel was a member of the team that co-authored Teaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Public Schools--Now and In the Future (TC Press, 2010) and is featured in the book Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't Leave (Jossey Bass 2014). Through her writing, she's been able to connect with teachers around the world and support the development of student-centered practices in English Language Arts. When she's not teaching and writing, Ariel enjoys taking her daughter to the park and playing violin in projects with her musician-producer husband. She is a former member of the Tree Climbing Club and co-wrote the never produced musical theater masterpiece, A Horse Named Bart. Her life-long love of stories, poetry, and writing is in no small part due to the strong influence her late Baba (grandmother), Lillian Faber Sacks, a fierce educator, who taught every grade, earned a doctorate at NYU in her late 70's, and knew how to bring out the voices of children.
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