Victoria Theisen-Homer is the author of the book Learning to Connect: Relationships, Race, and Teacher Education. She grew up in Arizona and is a product of public schools in Phoenix. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. She completed her Doctorate in Education at Harvard University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she was an English teacher at a large public Title-1 high school in Los Angeles. During this time, she received many awards and accolades for her teaching, including a Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year award. She credits much of her success in teaching to the well-renowned urban Teacher Education Program she completed at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She served as an editor on the Harvard Educational Review Board and continues to review manuscripts for a range of journals. Her own research is represented in journals like Journal of Teacher Education, Schools and Theory and Research in Education, and periodicals like Education Week and Salon.
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2020). Learning to Connect: Relationships, Race, Teacher Education. Lantham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2020). “Preparing Teachers for Relationships with Students: Two Visions, Two Approaches.” Journal of Teacher Education.
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2015). Defending “Something Special”: A portrait of one school’s response to instability.” Schools 12(1), pp. 63-97.
Levinson, Meira, & Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2015). No Justice, No Teachers: Theorizing less-unjust teacher firings in L.A. Unified. Theory and Research in Education, 13(2), pp. 139-154.
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2014). Chasing Personal Meaning: pedagogical lessons through Always Running. Schools 11(1), pp. 34-56.
Theisen-Homer, Victoria & Levinson, Meira. (2014). Teacher Layoffs in the Worst of Times: A non-ideal theory of least-unjust teacher firings in L.A.Unified School District” Philosophy of Education 2014, pp. 195-203.
Policy and Research Reports
Theisen-Homer, Victoria & Heller, Noah. (2016). College Seniors Weigh in on the Harvard Teacher Fellows. Internal Report.
Mehta, Jal, Theisen-Homer, Victoria, Braslow, David and Lopatin, Adina. (2015). From Quicksand to Solid Ground: Building a foundation to support quality teaching. http://www.totransformteaching.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/From-Quicksand-to-Solid-Ground-Building-a-Foundation-to-Support-Quality-Teaching.pdf
Theisen-Homer, Victoria Marie. (2015). Review of Inspiring Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools, edited by Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Eran Tamir, and Karen Hammerness. Harvard Educational Review, 85(2), 296-299.
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2020, September 6). Remote Learning is Turning Classrooms into Police States. Salon. Available at: https://www.salon.com/2020/09/06/remote-learning-is-turning-classrooms-i...
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2020, August 6). The "Broken Windows" Approach to Teaching Is Breaking Our Schools." Independent Media Institute. Available At: https://www.alternet.org/2020/08/the-broken-windows-approach-to-teaching...
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2018, September 3). How Can We Support More Empowering Teacher Student Relationships. Education Week. Available at: https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2018/09/how_can_we_suppo...
Theisen-Homer, Victoria. (2013, July 9). One Teacher Prep Rating Suggests ‘Flawed’ Study. Education Week. Available at: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/07/10/36letter-2.h32.html
ASU Knowledge Mobilization Award for Postdoctoral Research Completed, 2020
Dean’s Summer Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2015
Teacher of the Year Award, Los Angeles Unified School District, 2009
Outstanding Teacher Award, Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles, 2009
Harvard Educational Review Board, 2014-2016
American Educational Research Association
Teacher Education Thought Collective
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
American Journal of Education
American Educational Research Journal
Teachers College Record
Schools: Studies in Education
Conference Session Reviewer:
Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) American Educational Research Association
Student Research Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education