Barbara Kent Lawrence taught for many years in schools in Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Maine, at Boston University and Northeastern University, and from 2000 to 2010 at Lesley University in Massachusetts. Her academic credentials include a BA in Anthropology from Bennington College, MA in Sociology from New York University, and an Ed.D. in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies from Boston University.
In addition, Dr. Lawrence has written and lectured about the affect of culture on aspirations, issues affecting small schools, and school-community facilities. The audience for these publications includes other professionals in the field, as well as advocates for small schools, students, and community members.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS in EDUCATION
Working Memory: the influence of culture on aspirations, Dissertation, Boston University,1998. Winner, 1998 Dissertation Award, National Rural Education Association
Dollars and Sense: The Cost-Effectiveness of Small Schools, Lawrence, Barbara Kent et al, KnowledgeWorks, Concordia, Inc. and The Rural School and Community Trust, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002.
The Hermit Crab Solution: Creative Alternatives for Improving Rural School Facilities & Keeping Them Close to Home, AEL, Charleston, West Virginia. 2004
Dollars and Sense: Lessons from Good, Cost Effective Small Schools, Lawrence, Barbara Kent et al, KnowledgeWorks, Concordia, Inc. and Architects of Achievement, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.
Rural Gifted Education: A Comprehensive Literature Review. Journal of Gifted Education, in process. 2008.
When School Doors Close, Planning Commissioners Journal, Number 56, Fall, 2004
For Authentic Accountability Think small, Journal of Education, Boston University, Volume 185, Number4, 2004
When Too Lean is Too Mean, Independent School Health Association newsletter, 2000.
Customer or Client: Who is Who in Education, Maine Journal of Education, Winter 1999, Brunswick, Maine
District Administration, Professional Opinion, Lessons from Rural Schools, October 2007.
Leaves Falling in Japan: Retired Husband Syndrome, Online Magazine: Retirement Jobs.com,. 2006.
Back to the Agora: Workable Solutions for Small Urban School Facilities, Appalachian Educational Laboratory, ERIC/CRESS, Digest EDRD-03-4, 2003.
Effects of State Policy Structures on Facilities Planning and Construction in Rural Districts, Appalachian Educational Laboratory, ERIC/CRESS, Digest ED-RC-01-8, December, 2001r
Hoosiers, Yankees and Mountaineers, Phi Delta Kappan, November, 1995 with Alan J. DeYoung, pp. 104-112. EJ 374632
Making the Most of Good Professional Development: A report on the work of The Summer Institute Series, 2006, The Institute for Professional Development and Graduate Studies in Education, Northeastern University, December 2006
Schools for Successful Communities: An Element of Smart Growth, Council of Educational Facility Planners International and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, September 2004. One of eight contributing authors.
Land for Granted: The Effects of Acreage Policies on Rural Schools and Communities, Rural School and Community Trust, December, 2003
Save a Penny, Lose a School: The Real Cost of Deferred Maintenance, the Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC, 2003.
Lowering the Overhead by Raising the Roof and other strategies for small schools, The Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC, 2002.
Selected Papers Presented:
Praxis to Practice: Putting Qualitative Methods To Work for Rural Education, paper presented at the Annual Qualitative Research in Rural Education Conference, Morganstown, WV, May 20-21, 1999. ED436326
The Importance of Sustainability for Rural Schools, meeting of the National Rural Education Association, “ October 14 – 17, Buffalo, NY, 1998. ED 425030
There’s Many a Slip Between the Cup and the Lip, In: The Many Faces of Rural Education. Proceedings of the Annual NREA Convention (89th, Tucson, AZ, September 24-27, 1997); see RC 021 239.
Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations, Dissertation, Boston University, 1998. Dissertation of the Year, 1998, National Rural Education Association.
Sketches of Maine, Spring, 1995, presented in part at The South End Open Studios, Writers Workshop, September, 22, 1996
'What the Red Squirrel is to the Gray’: The Importance of Culture in the Composition of School Boards on Mount Desert Island, Maine, Paper presented at the National Rural Education Association meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 4, 1995. ED 389 502
Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Education, A Case Study of Tremont, Maine, a paper presented at the National Rural Education Association Meeting, San Antonio, October 13, 1996. ED 407193
Ireland and Maine: Two Responses to Education. A paper presented to the Research Forum of the National Rural Education Association the Annual meeting, Buffalo, New York, October 16, 1998.
Bitter Ice: a memoir of love food, and obsession, Rob Weisbach/Wm. Morrow Inc. New York, 1998
The Hungry i: a work book for partners of men with eating disorders, Greene Bark Press, Allentown, PA, 2010
Islands of Time, a novel, Just Write Books, Topsham, Maine, 2013.