Deborah Loewenberg Ball

William H. Payne Collegiate Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, School of Education

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the 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 is the immediate past president of the American Educational Research Association. She served as dean of the University of Michigan School of Education from 2005 to 2016.

Ball studies the practice of teaching as the active work of building relationships with children to support their learning and flourishing. Ball uses elementary mathematics as a critical context for investigating the challenges of helping children develop agency and understanding, and of leveraging the power of teaching to disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity. She focuses on what it is involved in working across difference, especially the relational, communicative, and content-understanding entailments of that work. Ball is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on ways to improve the quality of beginning teaching, particularly for children of color and low-income children.

Ball has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made major presentations around the world. She has also developed distinctive collections of video records of practice that are broadly used to make practice visible and to study the work of teaching. 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 Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the American Educational Research Association.

Ball teaches courses in the following program(s):
Teaching and Teacher Education
Mathematics Education
Elementary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)

 

Selected Publications

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.

Affiliations

Committees

Research Affiliations

Projects

Grants


9/1/2016 - ongoing Organizing to Learn Practice: Teacher Learning in Classroom-Focused Professional Development
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2015 - ongoing Building MKT Assessment Items and Instructional Tasks to Build Intercommunity Capacity to Develop Teachers
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

10/1/2016 - 9/30/2018 Developing the Content Knowledge for Teaching Part of Secondary NOTE for ELA and Math
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation of New York

10/1/2015 - 9/30/2018 Investigating Relationships Between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and High-Leverage Teaching Practices
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

9/1/2011 - 8/31/2018 Developing Teaching Expertise in K-5 Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2015 - 8/31/2018 Strengthening the Quality, Design and Usability of Simulations as Assessments of Teaching Practice
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

11/15/2015 - 6/30/2018 TeachingWorks Transformation Center
Granting Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

9/1/2014 - 8/31/2017 Transforming Teacher Licensure and Facilitating Change Through Program Networks
Granting Agency: Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017 Supporting Early Learning from Preschool through Elementary School Grades: Research Network Proposal
Granting Agency: MDRC/Institute for Education Sciences

9/1/2010 - 2/28/2017 Contextual Research and Large Empirical Research - Developing the theory of mathematical knowledge for teaching by investigating its nature, measurement, and growth
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016 The National Observational Teaching Examination (NOTE): English Language Arts Content Knowledge for Secondary School Teaching
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation of New York

8/16/2014 - 4/30/2016 Investigating the role of curriculum materials and connected support in learning project-based instruction
Granting Agency: George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF)

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015 Investigating simulations of teaching practice: Assessing readiness to teach elementary mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

3/13/2012 - 2/28/2014 Building Practical Infrastructure for Learning to Teach the Common Core: Video Exemplars, Curriculum Packages, and Assessments
Granting Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

8/3/2011 - 6/3/2013 Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database
Granting Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation / ISR

7/1/2010 - 1/7/2013 Developing Mathematics Teaching through Focused Collaborative Assessment of Practice
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

8/15/2010 - 7/31/2012 The Design of Research-in-Instruction Laboratories
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2012 Developing an Integrative Assessment System for Elementary Teacher Education
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2005 - 1/1/2011 Using Practice as a Site to Learn Mathematics for Teaching: Developing Materials, Approaches, and Professional Community
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2003 - 1/1/2009 Design, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

3/1/2002 - 1/1/2006 Learning Mathematics for Teaching
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2002 - 1/1/2006 Scaling Up Instructional Improvement
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2005 Developing a Practice-Based Theory of Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2002 - 1/1/2004 Design, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation


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

Winter 2018 EDUC 119. Education Policy in a Multicultural Society Promoted course. Read description »

Winter ---- EDUC 460. Equity in Everyday Practices Promoted course. Read description »

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

Contact

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734.764.9568 dball@umich.edu

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