2018-2019 Seminar Series

(How) does knowing content matter for disrupting the persistence of oppression?

This year, building on the work we have done together in the seminar series over the past few years, we investigate the relationship between the special nature of knowing content in teaching and the work of seeing and hearing children’s ideas with subject matter and supporting their growth.  We seek to uncover and articulate the relationship between advancing justice and the teaching of content. Patterns of racism and oppression can be reproduced or interrupted depending on what content is selected for students’ learning, how it is opened up and related to students’ experiences and perspectives, and the ways in which students’ interactions with it are supported and shaped. Seeing students’ strengths, understanding their ideas, and attending to and intervening on how students are positioned – each of these critical practices depends on a nuanced and flexible knowing of content.

We have structured this year’s seminar to afford us significant opportunities to investigate how we might take up these issues in English language arts, in mathematics, social studies, and science.  We will ask our seminar speakers to speak to these questions, and to share the ways that they work with their candidates to build their capacity to interact with students around content in ways that disrupt persistent patterns of oppression. Join TeachingWorks and our efforts to intertwine the high-leverage practices and challenging academic content and skills in order to disrupt racism and oppression in pursuit of a more just society.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
The Social Funding of Race: The Role of Schooling
Seminar lunch (12:00-1:00pm) in Tribute
Seminar Series (4:00pm-6:00pm) in Prechter

Gloria Ladson-Billings

  • Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gloria Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita and former Kellner Family Distinguished Chair of Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ladson-Billings work focuses on culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory applications to education. She was the 2005-2006 President of the American Educational Research Association and is the current President of the National Academy of Education.

Teaching Works Seminar - 09/13/18 from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.

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The Social Funding of Race: The Role of Schooling

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 2.0: a.k.a. the Remix


Monday, September 24, 2018
Teaching is the Revolutionary Act: Reclaiming Content and Pedagogy in the Reawakening of Racial Violence
Seminar lunch (12:00-1:00pm) in Tribute
Seminar Series (4:00pm-6:00pm) in Prechter

Marcelle Haddix

  • Dean’s Associate Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education
  • Inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice

Dr. Marcelle Haddixis a Dean’s Associate Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice.  Her scholarly interests center on the experiences of students of color in literacy and English teaching and teacher education and the importance of centering Blackness in educational practices and spaces. She directs two literacy programs for adolescent youth: the Writing Our Lives project, a program geared toward supporting the writing practices of urban middle and high school students within and beyond school contexts, and the Dark Girlsafterschool program for Black middle school girls aimed at celebrating Black girl literacies.  Haddix’s work is featured in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  Other awards and recognitions include the American Educational Research Association Division K Early Career Award; the National Council for Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award; and the NCTE Janet Emig Award. She is the President-elect of the Literacy Research Association.  She earned a Ph.D. from Boston College, a master’s degree in education from Cardinal Stritch University, and a bachelor’s degree in English education from Drake University.

TeachingWorks Streaming Seminar with Marcelle Haddix - September 24, 2018 from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.

Seminar Slides


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
"Still not Justice" Challenging, structuring and re-creating social studies content to disrupt oppression
Seminar lunch (12:00-1:00pm) in Brownlee
Seminar Series (4:00pm-6:00pm) in Prechter

Beth Rubin

  • Professor; Coordinator, Social Studies Education Program, Rutgers

Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Beth C. Rubin usesschool-based, ethnographic study to explore how young people come to see themselves as citizens and as learners amidthe nested contexts of classroom, school, community and society, with particular attention to how civic identity takes shape within local contexts marked by historical and contemporary inequalities.She collaborates with educators to design and study curricular and pedagogical innovations, and develops approaches to teacher education that attend to this critical, sociocultural understanding of youth civic learning. Her work can be foundin theAmerican Educational Research Journal,Teachers College Record,Harvard Educational Review,Curriculum Inquiry,Theory Into Practice,The Urban Review,Social Education, theJournal of Teacher Educationand elsewhere; her most recent bookMaking Citizens: Transforming Civic Learning for Diverse Social Studies Classrooms(Routledge, 2012), is designed to help pre-and in-service social studies teachers integrate meaningful, critical civic learning into their practice. Current projects include Creating Civically Engaged Districts, a socially transformative design project integrating youth civic voice into school district practices; an investigation of civic and historical learning in intentionally integrated schools in countries experiencing conflict; and an edited book on design-based research in the social studies. Dr. Rubin’s research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, CIRCLE, the Overbrook Foundation, among others.


TeachingWorks Streaming Seminar with Beth Rubin - January 16, 2019 from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.

Seminar Slides


A Time For Social Studies

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Panel Discussion: Expanding the canon: What other disciplines might we include in our K-12 schools to illuminate, nurture, and grow students’ brilliance?
Seminar lunch (12:00-1:00pm) in Tribute
Seminar Series (4:00pm-6:00pm) in Prechter

Na’ilah Suad Nasir

  • President, Spencer Foundation

Na'ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth President of the Spencer Foundation, which supports research about education. She was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-2017 where she served as Vice-Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley from November 2015. Nasir earned her PhD in Educational Psychology at UCLA in 2000, and was a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University from 2000 –2008. Her work focuses on issues of race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth and has published numerous scholarly articles. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2016 she was the recipient of the AERA Division G Mentoring Award.


Racial storylines and implications for learning. Human Development

STEM-focused academies in urban schools: Tensions and possibilities. Journal of the Learning Sciences

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Eve Tuck

  • Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
  • Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Methodologies with Youth and Communities

Eve Tuck is Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She is Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Methodologies with Youth and Communities. She is a William T Grant Scholar (2015-2020) and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2012).

Tuck is Unangax and is an enrolled member of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Alaska.

Tuck's writing and research is on urban education and Indigenous studies. As a whole, her work focuses on how Indigenous social thought can be engaged to create more fair and just social policy, more meaningful social movements, and when that doesn't work, robust approaches to decolonization.


Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View. Routledge

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TeachingWorks Streaming Seminar with Na'Ilah Suad Nasir and Eve Tuck - March 6, 2019 from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Designing for Heterogeneity in Science Learning in the 21st Century
Seminar lunch (12:00-1:00pm) in Brownlee
Seminar Series (4:00pm-6:00pm) in Prechter

Megan Bang

  • Professor, Learning Sciences & Psychology, Northwestern University
  • Senior Vice President, Spencer Foundation

Megan Bang is a Professor of the Learning Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University and is currently serving as the Senior Vice President at the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Bang’s research focuses on understanding culture, learning, and development broadly with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating multiple meaning systems in creating and implementing more effective learning environments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education. Megan approaches her work through rigorous mixed methods – utilizing experimental design in her foundational cognition and development studies, to community based participatory design work in which she co-designs learning and teaching with communities, families, and youth as well as engages in the collaborative study of such environments. She conducts research in both schools and informal settings. She has taught in and conducted research in teacher education as well as leadership preparation programs. Dr. Bang has won several awards including the AERA early career award in Indigenous Education as well as the Division K early career award in Teaching and Teacher Education. She has published in leading outlets such as Cognition & Instruction, Science Education, and Educational Psychologist. She is currently serving on the Board of Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences and the editorial boards of several top journals.

TeachingWorks Streaming Seminar with Megan Bang from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.


Desettling Expectation in Science Education

Community-Based Design Research: Learning Across Generations and Strategic Transformations of Institutional Relations Toward Axiological Innovations

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Monday, April 22, 2019
Oooh What a Wonderful World this Could Be: The Role of Knowing (Math) in Love and Liberation
Seminar lunch (12:00-1:00pm) in Tribute
Seminar Series (4:00pm-6:00pm) in Prechter

Maisie Gholson

  • Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Within a Black feminist framework, Maisie Gholson’s research seeks to understand how our identities and relational ties to mathematics, peers, and teachers create different developmental trajectories and learning opportunities within mathematics contexts. She actively investigates that which is often dismissed as superfluous to mathematics—children’s social relationships and networks. A driving force in her research is to foreground children’s and adolescents’ humanity, i.e., to take seriously the constructed racialized and gendered backdrop of childhood and adolescence as a visceral context in the process of mathematics identity development. As such, Maisie deals explicitly with issues of race and gender, along with the theoretical and methodological challenges that these complex constructs entail. Her methodological interests have also led to her investigation of the relational work involved in critical mathematics teaching, as well as how the narrative constructions of White womanhood mediate young, White pre-service teachers’ development as justice-oriented instructors. Maisie is a former high school mathematics teacher and prior to that a patent writer in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She is a UM NCID member, STaR Fellow, and a recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM Education, and UIC Graduate College Abraham Lincoln Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and her BS in electrical engineering from Duke University.


TeachingWorks Streaming Seminar with Maisie Gholson from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.

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