Lauren Porosoff teaches middle school English at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Bronx, New York. At Fieldston, she’s served as a grade-level team leader and a diversity coordinator and led curriculum-mapping and professional development initiatives. An educator since 2000, she has also taught middle school history at the Maret School in Washington, DC and second-, fifth-, and sixth-grade general studies at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland.
Helping students make their work meaningful has been a constant in Lauren’s teaching practice. This interest led her to learn about methods of values-guided behavior change in acceptance and commitment therapy, relational frame theory, applied behavior analysis, motivational interviewing, and other applications of contextual behavioral science. Informed by these methods of values-guided behavior change, Lauren developed applications for the classroom, such as processes for curriculum design.
Lauren has written for AMLE Magazine, Independent School, Kappan, the PBS NewsHour blog, Rethinking Schools, and Teaching Tolerance, about how students and teachers can clarify and commit to their values at school. She’s presented on these topics at regional and national conferences of various professional organizations, including the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Learning & the Brain, the National Council of Teachers of English, the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and the Progressive Education Network.
Lauren received a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and a law degree from George Washington University.