Alyson Gerber wore a back brace for scoliosis during middle school, an experience that led to her debut novel, Braced, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. Before becoming an author, she worked in marketing and was a teacher in New York City, where she currently lives. You can visit her online at alysongerber.com.
Alyson offers day-long school visits for students in third grade through high school, which include a series of 45-60 minute interactive presentations focused on inclusion, dis/ability, difference, and friendship.
Alyson’s experience as an educator and her own challenges with scoliosis, body image, and ADHD inform her presentations. Alyson helps every student to build confidence, find their voice, and develop sensitivity for others. A typical program includes:
- Alyson shares her story and difficult journey to self-acceptance
- Reader's Theater
- Writing Workshop