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PhD, Syracuse University; MA, Syracuse University; BBA, Temple University

Boeing Professor of Teacher Education, University of Washington

Author or co-author of: Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century (2014); Reflective Teaching (2nd ed., 2013); Teacher Education and the Struggle for Social Justice (2009); Studying Teacher Education (2005); Democratic Teacher Education Reform in Africa: The Case of Namibia (1999)

Dr. Kenneth Zeichner is Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington. Primarily focused on the areas of curriculum and instruction, teacher quality and teacher education, equity studies, and multicultural education, he has taught graduate courses that concern teacher education policy debates, comparative and international perspectives, and community-focused teacher education. He served as Director of Teacher Education at Washington from 2009–2013.

Previously, Zeichner spent 33 years in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, during which he served 9 years as Associate Dean for Teacher Education and International Education and then as Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Zeichner’s research has examined different aspects of teacher education in the United States and beyond. He has supported teacher education reforms in many parts of the world, most notably in Namibia. For many years, he focused on the underlying assumptions, program elements, and consequences of different approaches to preparing teachers. More recently, he has looked at policies, specifically the roles of venture philanthropy and educational research in shaping policies and practices.

In his childhood years, Zeichner went to school in the Philadelphia public school system, which motivated him to want to raise the quality of education for kids in urban public schools. After teaching elementary school in predominantly poor neighborhoods, he began his career in teacher education as a team leader in the National Teacher Corps, a federal program that prepares teachers for high poverty schools. Though Zeichner became certified for educational administration, his first position after graduate school was in university teacher education, where he has since remained.

Among his honors and appointments, Zeichner has served as Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education—from whom he won their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, co-chair of the AERA Panel on Research in Teacher Education, and a member of the National Academy of Education Committees on Teacher Education and Teacher Professional Development. In 2009, Zeichner was elected to the National Academy of Education, and, in 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of AERA. He is a highly prolific writer and speaker.

KDP welcomed Dr. Zeichner to the Laureate Chapter in 2011.
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