Author Jessica Davis to Hold Reading at PSU November 3

October 15th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. – What happens when all students are treated as individuals with unique gifts and promise?

Local author Jessica Hoffmann Davis provides the answer when she reads from her latest book, Ordinary Gifted Children: the Power and Promise of Individual Attention, at Plymouth State University’s Lamson Learning Commons, Wednesday, November 3, 11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and there will be a book signing following the reading, with copies available for purchase. Hoffmann Davis said she hopes to inspire other educators with her story.

“Individual teachers can make an unforgettable difference in the lives of their children and the worlds they will go on to inhabit and create,” said Davis, a Holderness resident. “At a time when high stakes testing and rugged competition are challenging the focus and direction of our schools, this book reminds us that education is about children and the variety of gifts that all of them bring to school.”

Jessica Hoffmann Davis is a veteran teacher and researcher who has taught at the college and graduate levels and studied the content and reach of arts learning and development. A dedicated arts advocate, Dr. Davis has published and lectured extensively on the purpose and promise of the arts in education, drawing not only on current research but also on personal experience as a visual artist and arts educator. At Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Dr. Davis was the founding director of the Arts in Education Program, a senior lecturer, and the first appointee to the Bauman and Bryant Chair in the Arts in Education.

She also authored Why Our Schools Need the Arts and Framing Education as Art: the Octopus Has a Good Day. To learn about her, visit the author’s website at

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or