Director, The Hollingworth Center
Lisa Wright, EdD 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 30 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, Program for the Education of the Gifted at Teachers College, where she teaches graduate courses, supervises student teachers, and co-directs an annual summer institute for teachers and administrators on differentiated curriculum for potentially gifted students. 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 the development of pre-service teachers, collaborative assistant-head teacher models, and the maker mindset and process in young children. 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.