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, primarily at the Mission Hill School, founded by Deborah Meier. My research analyzes teaching practices and focuses on education for critical democratic citizenship, literacy development, independent reading and motivation, bilingualism, and authentic assessments. Books I have written or edited include: 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 Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Research in Reading, Journal of Social Studies Research, and Race Ethnicity and Education. At Ripon and the University of Evansville I have taught various courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They generally focus on literacy development, social studies, elementary curricula, assessment, and research methods. I was born into and raised by a family of Dutch immigrants in Grand Rapids, MI and received my Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College, Master of Education from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from 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.