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James Traub has worked as a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine since 1998. From 1994 to 1997, he worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He writes regularly about national politics and urban policy, with a special focus on education.

He has written about higher education and K-12, about charter schools and vouchers, about New York City's schools chancellors, and about both progressive and traditional species of reform. His 1994 book on City College, City on A Hill, won the Sidney Hillman Award for nonfiction. His most recent work, Better By Design? A Consumer's Guide to Schoolwide Reform, appeared December 1999.


A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kevin Jennings graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he delivered the Harvard Oration at the 1985 Commencement. In 1993 he was named a Joseph Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University, from which he received his M.A. in 1994.

He has taught history at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island (1985-87) and at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts (1987-1994), where he had also served as Chair of the History Department. In 1992 he was named one of fifty "Terrific Teachers Making a Difference" by the Edward Calesa Foundation.

Kevin has become best known for his work in the fight for equality for gay and lesbian youth. In 1990 he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, which brings together gay and straight teachers, parents, and community members who are working to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. �Today, he is the Executive Director of GLSEN (pronounced "glisten"), which is the largest organization of its kind in the United States, with chapters in over 60 cities. �

In 1992 Kevin was appointed to co-chair the Education Committee of the Governor's Commission on Gay & Lesbian Youth by Massachusetts Governor William Weld. �He was the principal author of its report, Making Schools Safe for Gay & Lesbian Youth, whose recommendations were adopted as policy by the Massachusetts State Board of Education in May 1993. �The Commission led the fight, which made Massachusetts the first state in the nation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against public school students in December 1993.

Kevin's books include Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School and College Students, the first book of its kind designed specifically for a high school audience, and One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories, which was a finalist for the 1995 Lambda Literary Award for best anthology. �His third book, Telling Tales Out of School: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People Remember Their School Years, was published by Alyson in 1998.�

Kevin was named one of Out! Magazine's "Top 100 Newsmakers and Earthshakers" for his work in both 1995 and 1996. In 1997 he was named to Newsweek magazine's "Century Club" as one of "100 people to watch in the new century." �Kevin currently lives in New York with his partner, Jeff Davis, and is at work on an M.B.A. from New York University while continuing to serve as Executive Director of GLSEN.

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