Hello, and welcome to my website. I hope you find something useful here. I am an Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Ripon College, a National Board Certified Teacher, and a former teacher at the Mission Hill School in Boston. My research focuses on purposes of education in a democracy, innovative approaches to literacy and social studies, assessment, and social contexts of education. 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). Articles I have written can be found in journals such as American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Studies, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Research in Reading, and Race Ethnicity and Education. At the University of Evansville, from 2010-2017, I taught courses such as Literacy and Language Arts for Elementary Teachers, Pre-School and Beginning Reading, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas, Corrective Reading, Teaching Social Studies, Perspectives on Democracy (General Education), Advanced Study in Assessment, Senior Seminar, Applied Educational Inquiry and Classroom Research, a comparative education course based at the British campus of the University of Evansville, Harlaxton College, and supervision of student teachers and interns. At Ripon I teach courses on elementary and secondary literacy, elementary social studies, differentiated instruction, and early childhood education. My Bachelor of Arts degree was completed 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.