Healthier School Communities: What’s at Stake Now and What We Can Do About It
This report – published in 2002 by GENYOUth, AASA, the National Dairy Council, and the Urban School Food Alliance – examines health and wellness in K-12 schools. Linda served as a researcher and editor for this report (not including the updates related to COVID-19).
Nourish to Flourish: Scaling Up Excellence in the School Meals Experience
Linda wrote the proceedings for a landmark school meals summit convened by the Urban School Food Alliance and the National Dairy Council in 2017. Linda was not able to attend the meeting but was provided with ample notes, videos, and transcripts. She then distilled the story into what you see here.
Taking Action for Healthy Kids: A Report on the Healthy Schools Summit and the Action for Healthy Kids Initiative
After the historic 2002 Healthy Schools Summit, Linda collated, wrote, and edited a 24-page report on the summit. The report pointed the way toward a new national initiative, Action for Healthy Kids. Drawing from a vast collection of Summit materials, this report includes: letters by Summit chair Dr. David Satcher (former U.S. Surgeon General) and Mrs. Laura Bush; photographs and key quotes from the Summit; fact-based sidebars on the childhood overweight and obesity crisis; promotional sidebars on successful programs; references; and the body of the report itself. Hard copies of the report are available upon request.
The State of Family Nutrition and Physical Activity: Are We Making Progress?
This report – published in 2010 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation – discusses the current realities of kids’ and families’ eating and activity behaviors in the United States and how they relate to the prevalence of obesity and malnourishment, as well as unique opportunities and strategies to improve the health of our nation’s youth. Linda co-wrote and edited this report from the Academy’s Kids Eat Right program. She was also part of the team that analyzed the data to reach the conclusions presented in the report.
The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments
This report – published in 2013 by GENYOUth Foundation, in collaboration with the National Dairy Council, American College of Sports Medicine, and American School Health Association – addresses why schools play a more important role than ever in helping forge the nation’s future. It illuminates the vital importance of improved nutrition and increased physical activity in creating an environment that enriches students’ readiness to learn. Linda served as a supporting researcher for this report.
Boulder Editors Blog
Linda’s post, “A Style Sheet: What It Is and Why Your Project Needs One,” was published on the Boulder Editors blog.
Linda is a contributing writer and editor for the Racial Equity Truthtellers blog series, part of the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP) initiative.
Memel.Global is an organization that is developing an array of responsive sustainable programs to improve the economic and social well-being of Memel, South Africa, and the township of Zamani. Linda served on a team to revamp the organization’s website, and she wrote much of the copy on the website.
Caddis Collaborative is an architecture, urban design, and planning firm. Caddis is a leader in sustainable design, zero net energy buildings, and livable communities. Caddis aspires to create work that embraces environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Linda writes the website copy and the blog series.
Linda loves stories – and this blog and podcast was her way of celebrating all things storytelling! Each Monday, Linda posted information about a new story – a novel, a memoir, a poem, a song, or a film. Each blog post was accompanied by a podcast. StoryWeb ended in 2018.
The Wellston Loop
Linda is an expert on Wellston, a neighborhood in St. Louis. The Wellston Loop – a website and blog – tells the story of this community, from its early beginnings in the 19th century to its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, from white flight in the 1960s to its current decline.
MarcoPolo: Internet Content for the Classroom Search Engine
Linda worked as part of a team to develop, write, and edit content for the MarcoPolo: Internet Content for the Classroom search engine. This custom-built, proprietary search engine provided easy access to free K-12 lessons and other classroom materials for the following websites: ArtsEdge (Kennedy Center), EconEdLink (National Council on Economic Education), EDSITEment (National Endowment for the Humanities), Illuminations (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), ReadWriteThink (National Council of Teachers of English), Science NetLinks (American Association for the Advancement of Science), and Xpeditions (National Geographic Society).
Linda has written numerous scholarly articles and essays on southern and Appalachian literature. She has written press releases and also written or ghostwritten feature articles for publications such as Missouri Life, Leadership for Student Activities, The School Administrator, School Foodservice & Nutrition, and School Nutrition. More information about and hard copies of select articles are available upon request.
The West Virginia Encyclopedia
Published by the West Virginia Humanities Council (whose Board of Directors Linda served on in the 1990s), The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the state’s first comprehensive, one-volume reference book in many decades. Linda researched and wrote the entries on Hazel Dickens and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Encyclopedia of Appalachia
“Researched and developed by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, this 1,860-page compendium includes all thirteen states that constitute the northern, central, and southern subregions of Appalachia—from New York to Mississippi. With thorough, detailed, yet accessible entries on everything from Adventists to zinc mining, the Encyclopedia of Appalachia is an indispensable one-stop guide to all things Appalachian.” Linda researched and wrote the entries on Hazel Dickens, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Rita Sims Quillen, and Lee Smith.
Curriculum & Training
United Way Guides for Driving Community Solutions
“Catalyzing Collective Impact” is the first in a series of six guides researched and written for United Way Worldwide. Linda co-conducted extensive interviews with local United Way leaders and then served as the primary writer and editor for the resulting guides.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Linda has taught as one of the instructors for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center’s week-long, intensive workshop on “Critical Writing, Critical Thinking.” She has delivered modules on “Grammar and Mechanics,” “Narration as an Organizational Strategy,” “Improving Sentence and Paragraph Structure,” and “Style: Five Steps to Clearer Sentences.” She has also coached individual writers throughout the week.
MarcoPolo: Internet Content for the Classroom Teacher Training Kit
Drawing from her work leading K-12 professional development sessions for the MarcoPolo program, Linda helped design, write, and edit this extensive train-the-trainer guide.
ReCharge! Energizing After-School
A collaboration between Action for Healthy Kids, the National Dairy Council, and the National Football League, ReCharge! was a fun-for-kids program designed for students in grades 2 to 6 to learn about and practice good nutrition and physical activity habits. Linda served as a contributing writer to the project. Portions of ReCharge! are available upon request.
Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge
This unique toolkit made it easy for schools to help youth and their families learn to eat healthy and be active every day. Game On! featured four fun, paired activities, or “challenges,” around “Making Better Food Choices” and “Moving More.” Linda served as a contributing writer to the Action for Healthy Kids project. Portions of Game On! are available upon request.
Action for Healthy Kids: Action Planning Guide for State Teams
When Action for Healthy Kids launched in 2002, Linda developed and wrote an Action Planning Guide to help state teams determine their goals and action plans. The result was a comprehensive set of guiding questions and targeted worksheets. Hard copy excerpts are available upon request.
Linda adapted a popular K-12 multimodal teaching technique for use in her university literature courses. These guided explorations of the web allowed students to investigate targeted authors with greater depth. Linda has also developed numerous university-level WebQuests as well as Blackboard and WebCT courses as support for both face-to-face and hybrid courses.
Fuel Up to Play 60 eNews
From 2010-2014, Linda wrote and edited the monthly Fuel Up to Play 60 eNews, sent to educators and other interested adults throughout the United States.
The Point (University of Denver)
Linda served as copy editor for the University of Denver’s Writing Program online newsletter.
Videos & Webinars
Fuel Up to Play 60 Training Camp Videos
Linda wrote a series of “Training Camp” videos for Fuel Up to Play 60, one of which is still available on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. Scripts for ten other videos (now retired) are available upon request.
Fuel Up to Play 60/Action for Healthy Kids Webinars
Linda organized, researched, and wrote the scripts for a series of webinars sponsored by Fuel Up to Play 60 and Action for Healthy Kids. Each webinar featured a different Fuel Up to Play 60 “Program Advisor,” whom Linda interviewed and prepared for the broadcast.
Brochures & Fact Sheets
TVTextbook Fact Sheets
Linda has developed a wide variety of fact sheets for a range of organizations, including TVTextbook, Action for Healthy Kids, and Houston’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools. Most fact sheets have been retired, but hard copies are available upon request.
“101 Tips for Teaching Nutrition Concepts in Physical Education”
Linda researched and wrote the copy for this brochure, jointly produced by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
In her many years as a wordsmith, Linda has copy edited and proofread numerous documents and projects. From her work as a typesetter/proofreader at Focus Graphics to her work as a copy editor for journals and books, Linda has used her eagle eye to ensure that copy is clean, clear, and correct. Linda also works as a developmental editor for private clients.
Conservation, Environment, and Race: Implications for Funders
Linda served as substantive editor and copy editor for this report from the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP) initiative.
Smithsonian Science Education Center, The LASER Model
Linda served as copy editor for the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s 2015 report “The LASER Model: A Systems and Sustainable Approach for Achieving High Standards in Science Education.”
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Southern & Appalachian States Listening Sessions
Linda served as copy editor for “Southern & Appalachian States Listening Sessions,” a project implemented by Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc., for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Bruce M. Mackh, Surveying the Landscape
Linda served as copy editor for Bruce M. Mackh’s book Surveying the Landscape: Arts Integration at Research Universities (ArtsEngine, 2015). This book was written and edited in cooperation with the University of Michigan and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU).
Jeffrey J. Powell, Corporate Trust: A Partner in Finance
Linda served as copy editor for Jeffrey J. Powell’s book Corporate Trust: A Partner in Finance (Corporate Trust Insights, 2014).
Suzanne Houck, What Works to Improve Primary Care
Linda served as substantive editor for Suzanne Houck’s What Works to Improve Primary Care: Effective Strategies and Case Studies (HealthPress Publishing, 2017).
Dennis T. Jaffe, Borrowed from Your Grandchildren
Linda served as substantive editor for Dennis T. Jaffe’s book Borrowed from Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family Enterprises (Wiley, 2020).
Lee Worley, Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players
Linda served as copy editor for Lee Worley’s book, Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players (Naropa University Press, 2018).
Carol Grever, Turnings: Reflections on a Conscious Life
Linda served as copy editor for Carol Grever’s book Turnings: Reflections on a Conscious Life (CreateSpace, 2016), which won the 2017 Colorado Authors’ League Award for eBook.
Children at Risk Journals
Linda has copy edited articles for two journals published by Houston-based Children at Risk: Journal of Family Strengths and Journal of Applied Research on Children.
Linda has helped to organize numerous national meetings for the Cohousing Association of the United States, Dairy Management, Inc., Fuel Up to Play 60, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has solicited proposals for and written/edited descriptions of panel presentations, organized and helped run planning committees, developed conference agendas and programs, coordinated detailed “run-of-show” documents, created a website for a national conference, written meeting notes and evaluation reports, and even run the A/V at events! Much of the material for these meetings is internal and proprietary, but some sample documents are available upon request.