Francesca Forzani

Deputy Director

Francesca  Forzani, School of Education

Francesca Forzani is the associate director of TeachingWorks. She has spent the past seven years collaborating with colleagues to redesign the teacher education programs at the University of Michigan and studying reform initiatives in teacher education. Her research focuses on identifying instructional practices that are essential to competent beginning instruction and on the implementation of reform in teacher education. She is particularly interested in the development of a common language for studying and teaching instructional practice and on identifying resources that support practice-focused teacher training. Before coming to Michigan, she taught high school English for four years in Greenville, Mississippi, where she was a Teach for America corps member. She also served as a teacher educator for three years in Teach for America’s summer training institute and for a year in Teach First’s summer institute in London, U.K. Forzani holds a BA in English from Smith College and a master’s degree in public policy and a PhD in education policy from the University of Michigan.


Selected Publications

Forzani, F.M., & Ball, D.L. (in preparation). Challenges of developing a practice-focused curriculum for the training of teachers.

Ball, D.L., & Forzani, F.M. (in press). Building a common core for learning to teach. American Educator.

Ball, D.L., & Forzani, F.M. (2010). Teaching skillful teaching. Educational Leadership, 68(4), 40-45.

Ball, D.L., & Forzani, F.M. (2010). What does it take to make a teacher? Phi Delta Kappan, 92(2), 8-12.

Ball, D.L., & Forzani, F.M. (2009). The work of teaching and the challenge for teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 60(5), 497-511.

Ball, D.L., & Forzani, F.M. (2007). What makes education research "educational"? Educational Researcher, 36 (9), 529-540.


Research Affiliations


6/15/2017 - ongoing TeachingWorks Mathematics Methods Course Fellowship
Granting Agency: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. 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

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

6/1/2013 - 6/30/2014 ATLAS tagging process: Design and Management consulting
Granting Agency: National Board of Professional Teaching Standards

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

5/1/2012 - 11/30/2012 Serious Games for Teacher Development
Granting Agency: University of Texas, Gates Foundation


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