A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of the Magic Penny Award from the Children's Music Network, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered" and featured on PBS. He joined the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
Bill has a unique sense of humor and we're looking forward to having his "wit and wisdom" on this blog. I asked Bill for a sneak preview of the types of things he'll be sharing with SchoolFamily.com readers, here's what he had to say...
"I've spent thirty years singing songs, telling stories, and writing books about children and the world they live in (including the two my wife and I have raised) I'll share my thoughts on what I've seen in schools, families, and children's lives. From playground rules to unfinished homework to moldy growths in the backpack - that's my area of expertise. If you think your kid is the only one who would ever do what they just did, I'll be there to remind you we're all in the same boat."
Bill has some great video and audio clips of his work on his website - www.billharley.com. My favorite is "Grownups Are Strange".
Bill will be posting his first blog post in the next couple of days. Hope you'll check back often and add your own thoughts and comments!