Educator Deborah Meier, the co-author of Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground, will visit Illinois State University on Monday, November 12.

Deborah Meier

Educator Deborah Meier.

A question-and-answer session with Meier will be held from 2–3 p.m. at 551 DeGarmo Hall. It is open to Illinois State faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Her feature presentation, “Playing for Keeps,” will be held from 7–8 p.m. at Braden Auditorium in the Bone Student Center. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing at Barnes & Noble on the second floor of the Bone Student Center.

Meier is a senior scholar at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development as well as a board member for the Coalition of Essential Schools. She spent 45 years working in K–12 public schools in New York City (East Harlem) and Boston (Roxbury).

Meier founded several highly successful, small, democratically run, urban schools. The first educator to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, she is the author of several books, including Will Standards Save Public Education? and In Schools We Trust.