Nancy Avery Dafoe K’74

Nancy Avery Dafoe K’74 recently published a new book in the education field, titled, The Misdirection of Education Policy: Raising Questions about School Reform. Her book, published by Rowman & Littlefield Education, is available to be ordered online through Rowman & Littlefield, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  

Rowman & Littlefield described her work as one that “proposes critically important questions about the wisdom of American public education policy and reform initiatives. Laying out the particulars of three policy strands—creation of STEM curricula/schools, expansion of charter schools/privatizing, and teacher accountability/testing tied to job security—The Misdirection of Education Policy exposes complications, contradictions and deliberate deceptions in these supposed solutions to very real issues in education.”

Dafoe majored in English literature at Kirkland College. She has accomplished a great deal since graduating, both as a published author and as an English teacher.

Dafoe’s website notes that she “is an award-winning, published writer and educator dedicated to the premise that writing well is central to success, learning, discovery and identity. She is the published author of four books and numerous articles, essays, stories and poems in journals of all types. A New York State English Teacher of Excellence, Dafoe is also a 'Highly Qualified Teacher' under the newly created state-wide annual professional performance review process." 

She previously wrote two books on teaching writing techniques, also published through Rowman & Littlefield Education: Breaking Open the Box: A Guide for Creative Techniques to Improve Academic Writing and Generate Critical Thinking in 2013 and Writing Creatively: A Guided Journal in 2014. In 2015, she wrote An Iceberg in Paradise: A Passage through Alzheimer's, a cross-genre memoir and poetry book published by SUNY Press. Adding to her successful publishing career, the anthology Lost Orchard, published by SUNY Press, features Dafoe’s fiction work, which was edited by fellow alumna Jo Pitkin K’78.

Dafoe will soon have a book of poetry to add to her collection of published works as Poets Diving in the Night comes out in October 2016. It will be available for pre-ordering from Finishing Line Press on July 1, 2016.

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