Mary Cowhey


Arranging for a speaking engagement

If you would like to arrange for a keynote, lecture, workshop, visit, book signing or videoconference, please use the contact button above to email me.

Past Events:
Colleges and Universities

Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY)
Keene State College DiverseVoices from the Field Speaker (Keene, NH)
Wheelock College: Race, Culture and Identity Speaker (Boston, MA)
State University of New York at Cortland (Cortland, NY)
Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, CT)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME)
Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD)
Westfield State College (Westfield, MA)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
Smith College (Northampton, MA)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
Lesley University (Cambridge, MA) Ecological Teaching and Learning field visit
Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) videoconference
Georgia State University, Early Childhood Education Faculty Retreat videoconference
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) videoconference
University of Texas - Pan American (Edinburg, TX) videoconference
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC) videoconference


Keynote Speaker:
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Matthew Shephard Social Justice Symposium at University of Wyoming (Laramie)
New York State Foundations of Education Association Conference (Albany, NY)
Appleseed Writing Project (Indiana University - Purdue University, Ft Wayne, IN)
Childspan Conference, (Providence, RI)
Sandanona Conference, School for International Training (Brattleboro, VT)

Workshop Presenter and/​ or Panelist:
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference
International Reading Association Conference
National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME)
New England Conference on Multicultural Education (Hartford, CT)
Michigan Reading Association Conference
Wisconsin State Reading Association Conference
Pioneer Valley Reading Association
Plymouth Writing Project (Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH)
Western Mass Writing Project Best Practices Conference (Amherst, MA)

Schools, Associations, Congregations

School of Inquiry, Rochester, NY
Martha's Vineyard Public Schools, Martha's VIneyard, MA
Virginia Diversity Network, Richmond, VA
Sant Bani School, Sanbornton, NH
Northampton Shin Buddhist Sangha, Northampton, MA
Western Mass Association of the Education of Young Children (WMAEYC)
California Association of Independent Schools, Santa Monica, CA
South Hadley Public Schools, South Hadley, MA
The Teacher's Loft, Holyoke, MA
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene, NH
North Adams Public Schools, Service Learning Conference, N. Adams, MA
Critical Literacy Study Group, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (videoconference)
Newport News Public Schools: Equity Initiative, Newport News, VA
Seven Oaks School Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Pluralistic School One, Santa Monica, CA
Deerfield Elementary School, South Deerfield, MA
Center for Early Education, West Hollywood, CA

Selected Works

"One hell of a read."
–Linda Christensen, author of
Reading, Writing and Rising Up
Families With Power
Families With Power’s goals are grassroots parent empowerment and increasing student achievement.
Integrated Curriculum, Authentic Learning, Child-Generated Investigations
A student's question, "Where do you look for the union label?" sparked an investigation into where our clothing is made, integrating a mathematical data investigation, geography, economics and social justice."
Community Service Learning
First graders learn about compassion, action and change in response to hunger and homelessness int heir community.
Inquiry-Based Science and Standardized Testing
I teach child-oriented inquiry-based science based on the standards not specifically to raise test scores but to raise creative problem solvers, empathetic doctors and ethical researchers.
Family Diversity
Second graders talk about same-sex marriage and family diversity.

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