LIASCD Fall Networking Event:
A Conversation with Deborah Loewenberg Ball
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Presented virtually on Zoom
BIOGRAPHY: Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Past President of AERA, is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, a research professor in the Institute for Social Research, and the director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball’s research focuses on the practice of teaching as the active work of building relationships with children to support their learning and flourishing. She uses elementary mathematics as a critical context for investigating the challenges of helping children develop agency and understanding, and of leveraging the power of teaching to disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity. She focuses on what it is involved in working across difference, especially the relational, communicative, and content-understanding entailments of that work. Ball is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on ways to improve the quality of beginning teaching to advance justice.
Cost: $100 for each district team of up to per 8 participants.
Each district member of the team will need to register.
Zoom link will be sent in the days prior to the event to the district contact person.
LIASCD is honored to invite you and your colleagues to join us in a virtual visit with distinguished educator, Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball. Dr. Ball is renowned for her work in helping educators to reflect on the power of their teaching and the impact of the countless small decisions made during the course of instruction on students as learners and as people. Dr. Ball is well known for her expertise in nurturing teacher knowledge and skill. She uses math instruction as a useful fulcrum for building educators’ insight into the impact of teacher knowledge and teacher language across all grades and subject areas.
Dr. Ball is someone you will want to get to know! Over her long career as a teacher and a teacher of teachers, she has identified powerful themes that dramatically impact the outcomes of classroom interactions for both novices and veteran teachers. When shared, her skillful observations of teachers and learners in the act of meaning-making can have the effect of challenging us to revisit what we know about teaching, leading to striking “ah-ha’s.” Dr. Ball will invite us to join with her in careful examination of some of the discretionary moments that exist in every lesson. For LIASCD participants, Dr. Ball will open a world of possibility for renewed approaches to reflecting on professional practice. She will provide a replicable model for inviting educators into new levels of instructional analysis in which teachers and administrators alike can face the impact of the choices that we make on the hearts and minds of learners.