Kendra Hearn

Clinical Associate Professor; Chair of Secondary Teacher Education; Director of Teach For America Interim Certification Program

Kendra  Hearn, School of Education

Prior to coming to the School of Education, Kendra Hearn was the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the West Bloomfield (Michigan) School District (2006-2010). Prior to this role, Hearn served the West Bloomfield School District as its curriculum director (2005-2006); in the Lincoln Consolidated School District in Ypsilanti as its curriculum director (2003-2005); as a professional development consultant for the Macomb Intermediate School District (2001-2003); and as a high school English language arts teacher at West Bloomfield High School (1996-2001) and Detroit Public Schools (1993-1996).

She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan ('93) and her MA in education administration from the University of Detroit Mercy ('95). With the completion of her dissertation, "Artifacts of Thought: Evidence of Metacognition in Twelfth Grade Students’ Reflective Writing," Hearn earned her PhD from Wayne State University ('05) where she was also an adjunct faculty member. Hearn was National Board Certified in early adolescence English language arts ('98). In 2008, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays program, and traveled to South Africa to study its educational systems. She is the recipient of one of education’s most coveted awards, the Milken Educator Award, and has also received recognition as a nominee for Oakland County's WDIV‐Newsweek Outstanding Educator Award (1999) and Education's Unsung Heroes Award (1998). She currently teaches graduate courses in secondary English methods, classroom assessment, and leadership. Her areas of scholarship include teaching in urban contexts, educational leadership, and school improvement.

Hearn teaches courses in the following program(s):
Urban Pedagogy
Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC)





9/1/2017 - ongoing Race, Sense-Making, and Practice in the Co-Construction of Family-School Relations
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Winter 2014 EDUC 611. Classroom Assessment. Seminar EDUC 611. Classroom Assessment


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Curriculum Vitae