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Mari Koerner

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Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1252
Biography

Mari Koerner received her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was appointed as dean of the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University's West campus in July 2006. She was appointed Dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2010 after the merging of the three colleges of education. Koerner stepped down from that position in August 2016. She has been appointed the Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education and is the founding Director of the Center for the Art and Science of Teaching (CAST). Koerner has published in professional education journals and presented at major education conferences regarding teacher preparation in the area of teacher preparation. She has served as principal investigator or co-director of many grant-funded programs. She received a Teacher Quality Partnership grant for $11.5M in 2014 to reform teacher preparation programs to include methodologies in math and science for English language learners, and a Kellogg Foundation Award to integrate community knowledge into the yearlong student teaching residency with iTeachAZ which has produced numerous manuscripts and conference presentations. Koerner was also awarded a Teacher Quality Partnership grant ($34M) to build the student teaching residency and iTeachAZ program. Her newest initiative, CAST, is focused on innovative research and implementation of funded projects and service for improving teaching in formal and informal settings. Koerner is writing a case study entitled, All the King's Men:  A Case Study of Rebuilding a College of Education which describes the changes: institutional, personnel, programs and curriculum in the reorganization of the colleges of education at ASU from 2009-2010. She is co-authoring Developing Teacher Competencies for Problem-Based Learning Pedagogy and Supporting Learning in Language-Minority Students with P. Rillero, M. Jimenez, J. Merritt.

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How are decisions for major innovative changes in higher ed made?
  • What does teaching look like in the 21st century?
  • Who are teachers and how do we prepare them?

Current Research Projects:

Dr. Koerner is writing a Case Study entitled, “All the King’s Men:  A Case Study of Rebuilding a College of Education” which describes the changes: institutional, personnel, programs and curriculum in the reorganization of the colleges of education at ASU from 2009-2010.

“The Art and Science of Teaching.”  Critical Questions in Education Conference, The Academy for Educational Studies, New Orleans, March 6-8, 2017. Koerner is on a panel which is fully fleshing out the meaning of the "art and science" of teaching and how this responds to the educational needs of the 21st century.

“Developing Teacher Competencies for Problem-Based Learning Pedagogy and Supporting Learning in Language-Minority Students” with P. Rillero, M. Jimenez, J. Merritt. How are activity-based practices implemented in- and outside of school?  They are looking at practices in schools as problem-based learning is happening.

Publications

September, 2014 Kellogg Foundation-early Childhood Community and iTeachAZ 2014, $1M PI.

“Developing Teacher Competencies for Problem-Based Learning Pedagogy and Supporting Learning in Language-Minority Students”  with P. Rillero, M. Jimenez, J. Merritt.

“The Art and Science of Teaching.”  Critical Questions in Education Conference, The Academy for Educational Studies, New Orleans, March 6-8, 2017.

Research Activity
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 691Seminar
Presentations
  • Koerner, Mari. Teach for America Principals’ Breakfast (Sep 2008).
  • Koerner, Mari. Third Annual National Youth Development Master's Institute Kids at Hope Conference (Apr 2008).
  • Koerner, Mari. Arizona Summit on 21st Century Skills (Oct 2007).
  • Koerner, Mari. Getting Engaged in the Community Through Education (Sep 2007).
  • Koerner, Mari. Induction Ceremony (Sep 2007).
  • Koerner, Mari. Woman in Leadership: An Autobiography (Apr 2007).
  • Koerner, Mari. “Cost of Dropouts,” Town Hall, (Jan 2007).
  • Koerner, Mari. Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Arizona (Oct 2006).
  • Koerner, Mari. Role of the University in Community Growth (Oct 2006).
  • Koerner, Mari. Women in Leadership Positions (Sep 2006).
  • Koerner, Mari. Research in the Public Interest: Where Is the Responsibility of Teacher Education?. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Jan 2006).
  • Koerner, Mari. Innovative and Collaborative Teacher Preparation and Principal Preparation Programs for Urban Schools. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Feb 2005).
  • Koerner, Mari. Collaborative Partnership for Early Literacy: Building a Pathway to Develop Literacy Mentors / Coaches. National Association for Young Children (Nov 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari. Assessing Preservice Teachers' Readiness for Diverse School Settings: A Collaborative Enterprise?. Massachusetts Association for Teacher Education (Oct 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari. Moral and Educational Dimensions of Teaching. American Educational Research Association (Apr 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari. Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification: Collaboration between the Boston Public Schools and Universities. American Educational Research Association (Apr 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari, Abdul-Tawwab, Najwa, Teitel, Lee. Using the Community as a Resource for Teacher Education: Integrating Alternative Voices. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Feb 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari, Carlisle, Lenore, Olinsky, Marcie. Beyond the Teacher Test: The Massachusetts Coalition's Use of Broadscale Survey Data to Extend Evaluation of Urban Teacher Preparation Programs. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Feb 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari. Doing Dewey: The Practices of Deliberative Democracy for Improving Teacher Quality and Student Achievement. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Feb 2004).
  • Koerner, Mari, Hulsebosch, Pat, Henry, Martha. Family Diversity: Adoptive Families. National Association for Young Children (Nov 2003).
  • Koerner, Mari. Teacher Retention: Factors in Shaping a Professional Life. American Educational Research Association (Apr 2003).
  • Koerner, Mari. Enhancing Quality Teaching and Learning Through the Massachusetts Coalition K-16 Partnerships. National Staff Development Council (Dec 2002).
  • Koerner, Mari. K-16 Partnerships Link Staff development and Student Achievement. National Staff Development Council (Dec 2002).
  • Koerner, Mari, Hulsebosch, P, Pinet, Martha. Family Diversity: Adoptive Families and Schools. National Association of Multicultural Education (Oct 2002).
  • Koerner, Mari. What Makes a "Good" Student Teaching Placement? Learning Lessons from a Multi-year/Multi-site Set of Research Studies. American Educational Research Association (Apr 2002).
  • Koerner, Mari, Mindes, Gayle. Mentoring Associate Deans for Success in a Diverse Social Context. American Association Colleges of Teacher Education (Feb 2002).
  • Koerner, Mari, Mindes, Gayle. Who is the College of Education Dean Now and Who Should be in the Future?. American Association Colleges of Teacher Education (Feb 2002).
  • Koerner, Mari. Building Communities of Inquiry and Practice in the Massachusetts Coalition for Teacher Quality and Student Achievement. The American Educational Research Association (Apr 2001).
  • Koerner, Mari. Curriculum Leadership Initiatives in Elementary Schools and Classrooms. American Educational Research Association (Apr 2001).
  • Koerner, Mari. Family Diversity: Supporting Gay and Lesbian Families and Their Children. The Association for Teacher Education Conference (Feb 2001).
  • Koerner, Mari. Blurring the Lines between General and Special Education: Lessons Learned in Developing an 'Inclusive' Teacher Education Program. The Association for Teacher Education Conference (Feb 2001).
  • Koerner, Mari. Blurring the Lines between General and Special Education: Lessons Learned in Helping All Teachers Educate All Students. The National Association for Multicultural Education (Nov 2000).
  • Koerner, Mari, Hulsebosch, P, Ryan, D. Deceptively Simple? Interrupting 'Queer' Name Calling. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (Nov 2000).
  • Koerner, Mari. Who’s Afraid of Arts and Science?.
  • Koerner, Mari, Garcia, Eugene. School University Partnerships.
  • Koerner, Mari. Dewey and Research in the Public Interest. Presidential Invited Session/SIG John Dewey Society. Presented at the American Educational Research Association
Service
  • Division K, American Education Research, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • Governor’s P-20 Task Force, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Division K, American Education Research Association, Mentor (2006 - Present)
  • Mentoring Committee, Division K, American Education, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Mentoring Committee, Division K, American Education Research Association, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Teachers' College Record, Manuscript reviewer about professional development schools (2003 - Present)
  • Professor Shelly Sherman, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, Outside evaluator (2006 - 2006)
  • San Francisco Conference, (2006 - 2006)
  • Division K (Teacher Education), American Educational Research Association, Program Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Jumpstart Program at UMB, Faculty Liaison (2004 - 2006)
  • Reviewer for Educational Policy (2005 - 2005)
  • AERA, Division G and Division K, Proposal reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Journal of Teacher Education, Manuscript reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Teachers College Record, Book review (2005 - 2005)
  • AERA, Division K, Section 1 and Division 8, Proposal Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Teacher Induction Implementation Team for Boston Public Schools, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • AACTE, Proposal reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Orchard Gardens School (BPS), Professional Development Consultant (2004 - 2004)
  • Division K (Teacher Education), Section 4 (Teaching and Learning), American Education Research Association for 2004 Conference, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • AERA, Division K, Section 8, Proposal Reviewer (2003 - 2003)
  • Teaching and Teacher Education Journal, Manuscript Reviewer (2003 - 2003)
  • Dr. Michelle Parker, University of Illinois, Chicago, External Reviewer for promotion (2002 - 2002)
  • Standard Setting Conference for the Elementary test for the Mass Tests for Educator Licensure, Participant (2002 - 2002)
  • Effects of the Leave No Child Behind Act-UMB, Invited Panelist (2002 - 2002)
  • for Sections 4 and 5 for AERA Conference for April, 2003, Reviewer for Division K (Teacher Education) (2002 - 2002)
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education February, 2003 Conference, Reviewer (2002 - 2002)
  • Inclusion: Why Implementation Issues Remain After Years of Policy Development," sponsored by Institute for Community Inclusion and UMB, Invited panelist (2002 - 2002)
  • Doctoral Program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, External Reviewer (2002 - 2002)
  • Urban Education, Manuscript Reviewer (2002 - 2002)
  • City on a Hill Charter School, Boston, Advisory Board (2000 - 2001)
  • Teacher Education: Whose Responsibility Is It? Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, Facilitator (2001 - 2001)
  • AERA Conference for 2002, Reviewer for Division K (Teacher Education) (2001 - 2001)
  • AACTE Conference for 2002, Reviewer for Strand II proposals (2001 - 2001)
  • Center for Adoption-UMass Medical School, Conference "Urban Schools Supporting Children of Diverse Families", Coordinator (2001 - 2001)
  • Mass. Coalition for Teacher Quality and Student : Promising practices for the Massachusetts Coalition. October, 2000, Facilitator (2000 - 2000)
  • Nancy S. Williams for De Paul University for promotion to full professor, External Reviewer (2000 - 2000)
  • Division B, Curriculum Studies, Teachers' Research Section for 2000, American Education Research Association, Co-Chair (1998 - 2000)
  • AERA Conference, Seattle, Washington, April, 2001, Review proposals (2000 - 2000)