Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Francesca Forzani examined the problems of identifying instructional practices that are fundamental for beginning teaching and raised questions for consideration throughout the remainder of the series.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
2:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Deborah Loewenberg Ball
    Director, TeachingWorks
    Dean, University of Michigan School of Education
  • Francesca Forzani
    Associate Director, TeachingWorks
    University of Michigan School of Education

About the Speakers

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

  • Director, TeachingWorks
  • Dean, University of Michigan School of Education

Deborah Loewenberg Ball serves as Director of TeachingWorks and is dean of the University of Michigan School of Education. Ball’s research focuses on mathematics instruction and interventions to improve quality and effectiveness. She is an expert on teacher education, with a focus on how professional training and experience establish skills and knowledge for effective practice. Ball has served on national and international commissions and panels on policy initiatives and the improvement of education.

Francesca Forzani

  • Associate Director, TeachingWorks
  • University of Michigan School of Education

Francesca Forzani is Associate Director of TeachingWorks. Forzani’s research focuses on identifying practices essential to competent instruction and the implementation of reform in teacher education. For the past seven years, she has collaborated with colleagues to redesign the teacher education programs at the University of Michigan. She has also taught high school English as a Teach for America corps member, and served as a teacher educator in Teach for America’s summer training institute and in Teach First’s summer institute in the U.K. Francesca holds a B.A. in English from Smith College and an M.P.P and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Francesca Forzani is Associate Director of TeachingWorks. Forzani’s research focuses on identifying practices essential to competent instruction and the implementation of reform in teacher education. For the past seven years, she has collaborated with colleagues to redesign the teacher education programs at the University of Michigan. She has also taught high school English as a Teach for America corps member, and served as a teacher educator in Teach for America’s summer training institute and in Teach First’s summer institute in the U.K. Francesca holds a B.A. in English from Smith College and an M.P.P and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.