I just watched an incredible TED Talk.  It’s 20 minutes.  I know, that’s a commitment, but it’s 20 minutes of children’s author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka talking about the people who influenced and encouraged his work. I do what I do with the publishing program because I love it. But, it would be a dream come true if I ever have one small part in inspiring kids the way he was inspired by his grandparents and his teachers. Key point here: he didn’t have an easy time growing up, but time and again, a handful of people took notice of him, gave him authentic encouragement and real opportunities to apply himself, and propelled him to fulfill his dreams.

Ted Talk: Jarrett J. Krosoczka