An educator for 50 years, Howard Rodstein has been dedicated to supporting programs that develop voice, community, and activism. He sees these as keys to democratic citizenship.
He has been a featured speaker, writer and workshop leader on moral education, democratic education, staff development, experiential education, and on school reform, across the country. Most recently he has been working to empower local teens in Westchester County, New York, to support interracial, interfaith, and cross-community dialogue. Three summewrs ago Howard was a co-facilitator of workshop entitled Summer Read-in on Racism: Rebuilding Our Crumbling House, sponsored by Congregation Kol Ami of White Plains where he is an active member.
From 1978 until 2017 Howard worked as an English teacher in the Scarsdale public schools.In the 1980’s he helped to start the interdisciplinary Civic Education Program, In the early 1990’s he helped to found and served as the first director of the experientially focused Senior Options Program which serves as a transition between high school and college. In 2005 he became director of the Scarsdale Alternative School, which focuses on moral development, democratic decision-making and community-building.