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Webinar: Illustrating Educator Agency in Dissertations in Practice (DiP)
Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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Webinar: Illustrating Educator Agency in Dissertations in Practice (DiP)

Date: Thursday, February 12th
Time: 1:00 PM ET

With Edmund ’Ted’ Hamann (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Janet Eckerson (University of Nebraska-Kearney), Angela Kramer (Lincoln Public Schools)

Classroom-level problems of practice are usually bigger than just classroom level. So a high school reading teacher whose students desperately don’t want to be in her class aren’t reacting to just their immediate circumstances, but also to their previous struggles with reading, the stigma of being identified as needing reading support, the extra challenges of a reading intervention with block scheduling and so on. In turn a small-town high school Spanish teacher may worry about the appropriateness of her preparation for working with heritage learners of Spanish, but that raises up questions about pre-service preparation, in-service professional development, district expertise related to Spanish instruction, and more. In both cases, which are shared here, presenters describe the evolution of their problems of practice as they encountered additional pertinent dimensions and the ways their DiPs were applied design experiments, not just more detached scholarly inquiries.


Dr. Ted Hamann is a Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Associated with CPED since his university was one of the founding participating campuses, he has chaired 9 EdD committees through graduation and is currently mentoring 7 more. He is currently Chair-elect for CPED’s Delegate Council and a member of its ad hoc Strategic Visioning Committee. Also a scholar of school system responses to demographic change, particularly transnational migration of students and families, in 2020 he was inducted as an AERA Fellow by the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Janet Eckerson teaches courses in undergraduate Spanish for both traditional and heritage language learners, as well as graduate courses related to language pedagogy.  She received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Before joining the faculty, she was an adjunct instructor for UNK, a Practice Fellow Lecturer at UNL and a secondary Spanish teacher in Lincoln, Crete and West Palm Beach, Florida. She has served many roles in professional organizations for language teachers, including as the current President of the Nebraska International Language Association (NILA) and a former President of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (NATSP).

Dr. Angela Kramer


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