Supporting Teachers to Disrupt Inequity in their Practice
and Reach All Learners
Professor Deborah Loewenberg Ball
William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education
School of Education
University of Michigan, USA
for Principals and School Leaders
Date: October 17, 2019 *CANCELLED
Target Participants: Principals, vice principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders
Quota: 30 participants (First come first served!)
Medium of Instruction: English
About the Workshop
This workshop will focus on approaches to helping teachers develop the awareness, commitment, and skill to disrupt patterns of practice that marginalise or exclude groups of students and perpetuate educational inequality. We will 1) identify and consider common patterns that interfere with this aspiration; and 2) explore ways to intertwine critical and foundational knowledge with practice in teachers’ individual and collective professional learning. Practices and strategies important for principals and other school leaders who serve as mentors and coaches will be a centerpiece of this workshop.
About the Speaker
Professor Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan, USA; an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the Director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for over 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Professor Ball studies the practice of teaching as the active work of building relationships with children. She uses elementary mathematics as a context for investigating the challenges of helping children develop agency and understandings, and for leveraging the power of teaching to disrupt racism and inequity. Professor Ball is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centres on improving the quality of beginning teaching, particularly for children of colour and low-income children. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the American Educational Research Association.
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