Laura Weaver, MA is an author, poet, consultant, facilitator, guide, and parent, with over two decades of experience in education, writing, and non-profit and social change work. She currently serves as the Director of Transformative Learning at the PassageWorks Institute~a non-profit dedicated to cultivating meaningful and nourishing school culture and practice.  Laura’s writing history includes co-authoring the recently published book for educators The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching (Solution Tree, 2013), co-authoring numerous curricula for the transitions years, and publishing dozens of poems, book chapters and essays on topics ranging from school-based rites of passage to death and dying. Over the last decade, Laura has taught numerous courses and workshops, offered presentations at schools and conferences, co-created a diversity of offerings for women, and facilitated transitions and rites of passage programs for young people.  Laura supports individuals and communities to understand and access their own unique wisdom, resources and sense of meaning, purpose, and connection. Before joining PassageWorks, Laura taught English and Creative Writing for four years at the University of Colorado and in other educational settings and founded and directed Bridges—an all-volunteer agency serving the needs of homeless communities in the greater Philadelphia region. Laura earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. CV upon request.