Cindy Ballenger

“Why Do the Roads in Cape Verde Fall In and Become Ruined? A Teacher Research Perspective on Equity.”

Presented By: Cindy Ballenger, Lecturer in Education, Education Program, Brandeis University
Held on Monday, January 28th, 2013

Abstract: This talk will tell two classroom stories: a brief one about a boy and his conception of fiction and non-fiction and another longer one which follows a group of immigrant 7th graders as they develop their ideas about erosion, about earth processes and about scientific methods of experimentation. My goal is to exemplify, describe and analyze the practices by which teacher research challenges the assumption that “at risk” or problem children bring fewer of what we might call “intellectual” or academically relevant experiences to school. The implications of this challenge will be addressed with reference to standards, lesson planning and the development of curriculum, and the trajectory of learning to teach.

Bio: Cindy Ballenger received her PhD. Is in Applied Linguistics from Boston University. Her dissertation was a teacher research study of the literacy practices of the Haitian children she was teaching. Until this September she was a reading and science teacher in the Cambridge public schools. She is now a lecturer and the coordinator of professional development in the Eliot Pearson Dept. of Child Development.