Matthew Ronfeldt

Assistant Professor

Matthew  Ronfeldt, School of Education

Matt Ronfeldt seeks to understand how to improve teaching quality, particularly in schools and districts that serve historically marginalized student populations. His research sits at the intersection of educational practice and policy and focuses on teacher preparation, teacher retention, teacher induction, and the assessment of teachers and preparation programs. Ronfeldt is primarily interested in whether and how pre-service teacher education and school/district factors, especially working conditions, are related to teacher quality, retention, and other workforce outcomes.

Among other current projects, Ronfeldt is co-principal investigator on the Chicago Teacher Pathways Project, funded by the Spencer Foundation, which seeks to investigate the features of student teaching that improve prospective teachers’ preparation, application and employment rates, retention, and instructional quality in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The study includes an ambitious pre- and post-student teaching survey designfor over 1,000 student teachers in CPS and all of their cooperating/mentor teachers.

Ronfeldt earned his PhD from Stanford University, where he concentrated on teacher education. After receiving his doctoral degree, he completed two more years at Stanford as an IES postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Research on Educational Policy and Practice (now CEPA), focusing on large-scale quantitative research. Ronfeldt previously taught middle-school mathematics and science for seven years.

Ronfeldt teaches courses in the following program(s):
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Teacher Education

 

Affiliations

Grants


11/1/2015 - ongoing Assessing Initiatives to Improve Student Teaching
Granting Agency: AIR/Gates Foundation

12/1/2015 - ongoing Chicago Alternative Teaching Pathways
Granting Agency: University of Chicago/Joyce Foundation

7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015 Chicago Teacher Pathways Project
Granting Agency: University of Chicago/Spencer Foundation

11/1/2011 - 6/30/2012 Student Teaching: Where and How Long
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation


Courses & Syllabi


Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2011 EDUC 776. The Practice of Teaching EDUC 776. The Practice of Teaching

Winter 2014 EDUC 776. The Practice of Teaching EDUC 776. The Practice of Teaching

Fall 2010 EDUC 413. Teaching Secondary School Mathematics EDUC 413. Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

Winter 2014 EDUC 737. Topics in Educational Studies EDUC 737. The Study and Practice of Field Instruction

Winter 2014 EDUC 737. Topics in Educational Studies EDUC 737.

Winter 2014 EDUC 737. Topics in Educational Studies EDUC 737.

Winter 2014 EDUC 791. Foundations of Teaching and Learning EDUC 791. Foundations of Teaching and Learning

Contact

Room 4031
734.936.3656 ronfeldt@umich.edu

Curriculum Vitae