Presentations

A technical problem, a just solution: School quality measurement as a tool for social justice and equity, at annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education (AME), Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, November 10, 2018:
Over the last two decades, local education authorities in the United States have created systems for measuring school performance and student learning. Most of these systems rely heavily on student standardized test scores. Given that results from these tests consitently reveal more about student demographics than the schools they attend (Sirin, 2015), parents, policymakers, and others making decisions based on these data are using misleading and incomplete information (Schneider et al., 2018). The advancement of educational equity and justice, then, may rest in part upon what seems like a... Read more about A technical problem, a just solution: School quality measurement as a tool for social justice and equity
"Regard me": Learner engagement and the satisfaction of basic needs in professional development, at American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY, Saturday, April 14, 2018:
Learner engagement and motivation are essential for deep and sustained learning, and yet they are seldom included in empirical frameworks for effective professional development. In this critical case study, I explore this gap by applying the lens of self-determination theory (SDT) to analyze a transformative professional learning experience. Noting the ways in which learner motivation and pedagogical strategies combine to satisfy the basic needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness and to transform teaching practice, I offer theoretical and practical implications for the design and study... Read more about "Regard me": Learner engagement and the satisfaction of basic needs in professional development
Layers of learning: Multi-dimensional agency in powerful professional development, at Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC), Las Vegas, NV, Monday, February 26, 2018:
Teacher agency is a promising lever for improving teacher practice, but too often it is presented as an “all-or-nothing” prospect. Moreover, teacher agency as it relates to professional development is under-studied and under-theorized. Responding to this gap and drawing on 25 teachers’ in-depth accounts of professional development (PD), I propose a multi-dimensional (and thus more practically useful) conception of agency. Specifically, I identify three dimensions of agency vis-à-vis PD: agency over refers to teachers’ capacity to opt into or out of learning experiences; agency during refers... Read more about Layers of learning: Multi-dimensional agency in powerful professional development
An affinity for learning: Teacher identity and powerful professional development, at International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), Salamanca, Spain, Wednesday, July 5, 2017:
Professional development (PD) is seen by a broad cross-section of stakeholders as essential for instructional improvement and student learning. And yet, despite deep investments of time and money in its design and implementation, the return on investment remains low and teachers’ subjective assessments about PD in general are ambivalent at best. In this study, I asked 25 teachers to identify and reflect on their most powerful professional learning experiences and considered what these experiences might suggest toward improving PD design, policy, and research. Observing tremendous variation... Read more about An affinity for learning: Teacher identity and powerful professional development