Deborah Landau Silber
“Thinking outside the box. Nah, it would be better not to have a box. We need to transform, not reform; we don’t need a box.” Deborah Landau Silber
Who am I? I’m a Hispanic immigrant, Jewish gay woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, educator, and a Lovescaper.
Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, I attended a private Jewish school. My grandparents on my father’s side moved from Poland to flee the Holocaust. My grandparents lost many of their family members in the Holocaust. My mother’s side of the family immigrated from Russia to New Jersey.
I have a bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in business administration. As someone who grew up hating school, not having friends, and having very low self-esteem, I believe socio-emotional learning is essential. After I had my two children, I started teaching, and that changed the trajectory of my life.
I have been in education for 23 years, most of that time as an administrator. When I started teaching, I realized that we focused too much on testing and content and not building the child. SEL is not a new concept for me. I have always known it’s the foundation of teaching and learning. We brought different “programs” into our schools to try to address our children’s socio-emotional needs. But nothing compares with the experience I have had with Lovescaping. How to teach love in action. We implemented Lovescaping with a group of 7th-grade girls, our entire staff, and 6th-graders during summer school. After seeing and experiencing what Lovescaping is, we decided to incorporate Lovescaping not as another “program” but as our framework, core values, and the basis for our students’ character education and socio-emotional learning. We aligned our school’s comprehensive behavior/discipline system to Lovescaping. The results were terrific!
I am joining Lovescaping because I believe in the mission of teaching how to practice love in action. After all, I have seen the difference and the results, and I want to help implement it globally in every school; our world would be much better.