Hello, and welcome to my website. I am an Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Ripon College. Previously I served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Education at the University of Evansville, from 2010-2017, and am also a former teacher in the Boston Public Schools, including at the Mission Hill School, founded by Deborah Meier. My research focuses on education for critical literacy, democratic education, authentic assessments, and how to interrupt inequities in education. I have written or edited four books thus far, which you can read more about on this website. They have titles such as: Democratic Education in Practice: Inside the Mission Hill School (Teachers College Press, 2012), International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education (Peter Lang, 2012), Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction (co-edited with Deborah Meier and Katherine Clunis D’Andrea, Teachers College Press, 2015), and Beyond Testing: Seven Assessments of Students and Schools More Effective than Standardized Tests (co-authored with Deborah Meier, Teachers College Press, 2017). I have also written many peer-reviewed articles for journals such as Educational Policy, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Research in Reading, and Race Ethnicity and Education. At Ripon and the University of Evansville I have taught many courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They generally focus on literacy, social studies, elementary curricula, and assessment. I was born into and raised by a family of Dutch immigrants in Grand Rapids, MI and received my Bachelor of Arts at St. Olaf College, Master of Education at Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I wrote my dissertation under the direction of Michael W. Apple. Please explore the resources on this website and contact me if you would like additional information about anything you find here.