Heather Newman’s TED talk is worthy of a blog post. Meg Taylor, head of the Robert Parker School in upstate New York, shared the talk with me. Meg is proud of this Parker alum and their remarkable story, and she knew I too would deeply appreciate Heather’s story. I actually watched the talk back in September, but amidst the distractions of a busy fall and the disturbing presidential campaign, I forgot about it. As we continue to digest the election results, whether we are educators, parents, or students, Heather’s message about identity, assumptions, labels and community couldn’t be more important.