Django Paris, a new assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education, is the author of Language across Difference: Ethnicity, Communication, and Youth Identities in Changing Urban Schools. The book, published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press, explores the ways youth of color challenge and reinforce ethnic and linguistic difference, and how that knowledge can help us create more equitable schools and communities.
A new volume on teacher accountability, Assessing Teacher Quality: Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement, was edited by Sean Kelly, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration. Chapter authors or co-authors also include College of Education professors Spyros Konstantopoulos, Peter Youngs and Kenneth Frank, as well as doctoral graduates Ben Pogodzinski (‘09), Min Sun (‘11) and Chong Min Kim (‘11).
Professor of teacher education Susan Florio-Ruane is co-editor, with Laura Pardo (MA ’90, Ph.D. ’05) and Kathy Highfield (BA ’98, MA ’94) of Standing for Literacy: Teaching in the Context of Change. Published by Hampton Press in 2011, the book is a diverse collection of case studies illustrating how five teachers creatively preserved their own teaching knowledge and values while working within the context of mandated reforms (i.e. Reading First). Each case study is followed by a response from an experienced teacher educator, including MSU Professor Cheryl Rosaen.