3/31/16 Award finalist! Holly's five-part series for MindShift, "The Challenges of Identifying Dyslexia in Students," is an Education Writers Association Award Finalist!
Holly Korbey's journalism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Medium's Bright, Brain, Child Magazine, Babble, The Nervous Breakdown, the essay collection How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel and others. She has been a regular contributor on education for NPR's MindShift blog, out of San Francisco member station KQED, for more than three years. Her fiction has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and she has received honorable mentions for short stories entered in the Glimmer Train and Texas Observer Short Fiction contests.
Holly grew up in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of a history teacher and certified balloonologist who worked as a clown on the weekends, both of whom contributed greatly to her twin obsessions of school and the arts. After receiving a BFA in Musical Theater from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, and a short stint as a singing waitress (look, ma, I'm singing on Broadway!), she worked as a musical theater actress based in New York City, including the Broadway National Tour of the Tony-winning revival of Carousel.
But the plight of our national system of education grabbed her attention a few years later, when her own children became school-aged, and Holly started popular parent blog Parents for Educating Texas from where she was living in Dallas. She wrote an essay about refusing to "redshirt" her then-kindergarten-aged son that went viral, and was asked to appear on 60 Minutes alongside Malcolm Gladwell, discussing the "graying of kindergarten" and holding boys back. She was asked, among other things, whether or not she'd thought about college sports scholarships for her four-year-old.
Holly writes and speaks on issues of education--especially open-ended play, recess, kids in nature, and kids and the arts--from Music City, USA, where she lives along with her husband and three sons. She can usually be found reading a book at Little League practice.
Holly is currently at work on her first book.
How Hip-Hop Can Bring Shakespeare to Life, MindShift
British hip-hop star Akala talks about his Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, and how Biggie and the Bard are more connected than we might think.
How Creating Imagery Can Help Dyslexic Students Struggling with Shakespeare, MindShift
A researcher finds that creating imagery alongside Shakespeare helps dyslexic students understand and remember.
How Can the College Application Process be Improved?, MindShift
To help fix the hyper competitive college application process, a coalition of universities is trying to develop a more equitable process.
The Dialogue Surrounding Dyslexia: Five Important Takeaways, MindShift
Kids with dyslexia struggle to find adequate services at school. Developments in technology have empowered some dyslexic students with better tools to help them learn.
Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids, MindShift
What is dyslexia, and how does it affect the reading brain? This is first of a five-part series on dyslexia in schools for MindShift.
Why Recognizing Dyslexia at School Can Be Difficult, MindShift
Dyslexia is the most common type of learning disability but diagnosing it and providing services for kids in private and public schools can be a long uphill battle.
Dyslexia and the Wider World of Creativity and Talent, MindShift
Having reading difficulties can make a person feel less smart compared to others, but by recognizing differences and talents, people with dyslexia can find ways to excel. Part of five-part series on dyslexia in schools.
Who Helps Kids with Dyslexia Gain Reading Fluency?, MindShift
Often, teachers don't receive enough training in what to do when kids fail to learn to read. Part of five-part dyslexia series.
Millions of Teachers Minting Millionaire Teachers, Medium's Bright
Teachers Pay Teachers is a multi-million dollar curriculum marketplace offering teachers something more than money.
Meet Nashville's Unlikely Entrepreneur, Medium's Bright
A Nashville tech entrepreneur, driven by a conviction that inequality is a serious threat to the future, creates an entrepreneurship program for low-income teens.
What Do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure, MindShift
The drive to perfection has made children risk averse. Parents and teachers can work together to give kids more autonomy and opportunities for agency.