Karen Hammerness with Deirdre Faughey

Karen Hammerness is the Director of Educational Research and Evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History. Most recently, she has been studying teacher education programs that focus on preparing teachers for particular contexts, such as urban public schools, and exploring the advantages of such focused preparation for new teachers, and their students—work that is…

A New Teacher Asks: “How do I do this?”

An essay by David Chura: He was a big man, a presence to be reckoned with on any football team. Dressed in a pressed shirt and colorful tie, he    spread his arms out and gestured around the room. “I’m a new teacher here. How do I do this?” he asked. I knew what “this”…