Deborah Loewenberg Ball
William H. Payne Collegiate Chair; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Dean of the School of Education
Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She currently serves as dean of the School of Education and as director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball serves on the National Science Board and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees, and chairs the Spencer Foundation Board of Directors.
Ball’s research focuses on the practice of mathematics instruction, and on the improvement of teacher training and development. She is an expert on teacher education, with a particular interest in how professional training and experience combine to equip beginning teachers with the skills and knowledge needed for responsible practice. Her work is informed by strong links both to the arts and sciences and to professional preparation in other domains.
Through TeachingWorks, she is leading an effort to develop a comprehensive professional training curriculum that spans initial training through at least the first three years of teaching practice, with corresponding assessments to determine whether beginning teachers are ready to be responsible for a classroom of students. This curriculum focuses on a set of core skills and knowledge that are “high-leverage” for responsible teaching. Skill with these tasks of teaching is crucial for all teachers if they are to help each of their students achieve. In addition, the curriculum addresses, in the specialized ways needed for teaching, the subject matter content that is high-leverage for teachers, including essential topics and skills represented in the Common Core State Standards.
Ball has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education, including the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Mathematics Society, and the American Educational Research Association, and an elected member of the National Academy of Education.
As dean, she is responsible for the academic mission of the school and for the management of its budget, infrastructure, and physical facility. She leads strategic planning for the school, supports faculty and staff, and provides the best possible academic and professional environments for students.
Ball, D. L., & Forzani, F. M. (2011, Summer). Building a common core for learning to teach, and connecting professional learning to practice. American Educator, 35(2), 17-21, 38-39.
Ball, D.L., Forzani, F. (2009). The work of teaching and the challenge for teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 60(5), 497-511.
Ball, D.L., Hill, H. (2009). The curious - and crucial - case of mathematical knowledge for teaching. Phi Delta Kappan, 91(2), 68-71.
Ball, D. L. , Sleep, L., Boerst, T., & Bass, H. (2009). Combining the development of practice and the practice of development in teacher education. Elementary School Journal, 109, 458-476.
Ball, D.L., Thames, M.H., & Phelps, G. (2008). Content knowledge for teaching: What makes it special? Journal of Teacher Education, 59 (5), 389-407.
- Mathematics Teaching and Learning to Teach Project
- Center for the Study of Instructional Improvement
- Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Courses & Syllabi
|Term||Catalogue Course Description||Syllabus|
|Winter 2012||EDUC 118. Introduction to Education: Schooling and Multicultural Society||EDUC 118. Schooling in a Multicultural Society
|Fall 2011||EDUC 790. Foundations of Schooling||EDUC 790. Social Foundations of Education
|Winter 2012||EDUC 406. Teaching in the Elementary School||EDUC 406. Managing to Teach
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