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RIA # 104: Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball on Effective Teacher Education

Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball

On this episode, Katie is joined by Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball studies the practice of teaching, seeking to identify how its power can be leveraged to disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity. Much of her research focuses on elementary mathematics as a critical context for understanding teaching practice, examining the endemic challenges of working across difference, and the relational, communicative, and content-understanding entailments of that work. Her current work centers on ways to improve the quality of beginning teaching, particularly for children of color and low-income children.

Ball has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. She serves on the National Science Board and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees and is president of the American Educational Research Association. Ball 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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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Math Education [00:00-18:15]

In this first segment, Deborah shares about what she has learned about math education research after decades in the field.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Teacher Training and Professional Development [18:16-33:54]

In segment two, Deborah shares about her organization TeachingWorks.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-05:10]: The Research Problem that Keeps Deborah Up at Night

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