Laura Tavares is the associate program director for staff development at Facing History and Ourselves, an education non-profit whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in examining racism, prejudice, and anti-semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. She leads learning experiences for educators, creates classroom resources, and writes about history, current events, and education for publications including the New York Times, Educational Leadership, and Social Education.
Laura joined the staff of Facing History in 2005 after several years teaching history and literature in independent schools. She is also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero summer institutes. Laura graduated from Wellesley College and received graduate degrees in literature and history from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She recently spent several months traveling the world with her family and roadschooling her two daughters along the way.