Lisa Wright, Ed.D. serves as the director of The Hollingworth Center, a program within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Under Dr. Wright’s leadership of 28 years, the Center develops model programs and offers enriched educational services for graduate students, educators, and children. Dr. Wright is also on the faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, teaches graduate courses, supervises student teachers, and co-directs an annual summer institute for teachers and administrators on responsive curriculum and pedagogy. Lisa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Theater from New York University and a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Lisa taught in private and public schools at the elementary and secondary levels prior to coming to TC. She has published a variety of articles for peer review journals and has received two Paper of the Year awards (with James Borland, Ph.D.) from the National Association for Gifted Children. Lisa presents nationally and consults with formal and informal education institutions across the United States and internationally. Her research interests include responsive differentiated curriculum design, the development of pre-service teachers in the field of early science education, LGBTQ children’s literature, and the play of children as they “tikkun olam” (repair the world). Lisa’s critical stance is embedded in a social justice perspective and access and equity for all children as they grow their potentials. Lisa’s greatest professional joy is collaborating with her graduate students and she is, and always has been, most at home in the classroom.
James H. Borland is Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he directs the programs in the education of gifted students. As the original co-founder of The Hollingworth Center on 1981, Professor Borland continues to act as Faculty Advisor. Dr. Borland is the author of numerous books, journal articles and book chapters. He is editor of the Education and Psychology of the Gifted series of Teachers College Press and is past co-editor of the Section on Teaching, Learning, and Human Development of the American Educational Research Journal. He has lectured on the education of gifted students across the U.S. and abroad, and he has consulted with numerous school districts, primarily as an evaluator of programs for gifted students. Dr. Borland was awarded the Gifted Child Quarterly Paper of the Year Award for 1994 and 2000 with Dr. Lisa Wright and the Award for Excellence in Research from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation in 1989-1990 and 1999-2000.