To Readers,

Thank you for your good wishes.

I am on the mend. As you may have noticed, I have not stopped blogging!

I am on blood thinners and blood pressure medication. I had a pulmonary embolism in 1998, and I am lucky that this time the blood clots in my legs did not turn into a pulmonary embolism, which is life-threatening.

My spirits are good. I will be holding a book talk at P.S. 15 at 71Sullivan Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on December 11 from 5-7. No lecture, just conversation. Read the book first. If you live in New York City or anywhere nearby, you are welcome to attend.

On January 11, I will be speaking at the Modern Language Association annual conference in Chicago about Common Core. It was supposed to be a debate with David Coleman, but he informed the MLA that he had to attend a meeting elsewhere that weekend.

On January 16, I will speak at Fox Lane School in Bedford, New York, at 7:30 pm, to superintendents, school board members, and the public about testing and Common Core and other issues.

On January 22, I will be speaking at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

On February 1, I will speak to the Kentucky School Boards Association.

On February 3, I will speak to the New York City Performance Standards Consortium

On February 11, I will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, to speak at the Emerging Issues Institute

On March 1, I speak in Indianapolis to AACTE. After I speak, I fly to Austin, where I will speak to the first national conference of the Network for Public Education in Austin. The conference will be held on March 1 and 2. I speak on March 2.

March 3, I speak at the SXSW in Austin about standardized testing.

Much more in store for the balance of the spring!

I intend to slow down, occasionally smell the roses, and try to stay healthy.