Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Boston College
March 3rd-5th, 2015
Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. A teacher education scholar and practitioner for nearly 30 years, Professor Cochran-Smith is a frequent presenter nationally and internationally and is widely known for her work in teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to teaching and teacher education for social justice with inquiry as the centerpiece. In 2012, she received honorary doctorates from both the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in recognition of her work related to teaching, teacher education, and social justice. She regularly presents her work in many locations in the United States and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Scotland, Singapore and Norway.
Dr. Cochran-Smith was Vice President of AERA for Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) from 1998-2000 and President of AERA in 2004-2005. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, the Laureate chapter of the international education honorary society, Kappa Delta Pi, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She is currently the Chair of the National Academy’s Professional Development Committee.
Dr. Cochran-Smith has written nine books, five of which have won national awards and recognitions, and more than 175 articles, chapters, and editorials on teacher education research, practice and policy, social justice, and practitioner research. From 2000-2006, she was the chief editor of the Journal of Teacher Education. She and Susan Lytle are co-editors of the Teachers College Press book series on Practitioner Inquiry, which now includes more than 45 books by practitioners or about practitioner research.
Cochran-Smith began her educational career as a primary school teacher where she worked for 6 years as a third, fifth and sixth grade teacher. In 1975, she won her first professional award-- the “Outstanding Young Educator Award” for her school district.
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