About Kathy Schultz

Kathy Schultz is dean and professor of Education in the School of Education at Mills College. 

Her work as a scholar, educator and activist has centered on the problem of how to prepare and provide on-going support for new teachers in urban public schools. She is particularly interested in how teachers can use listening, including listening to students' silences, as the center of their pedagogical practice. Her recent books are Listening: A Framework for Teaching Across Differences and Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices, both published by Teachers College Press.

Each year, the Mandel Center Teacher Forum brings together Boston area educators to explore central ideas in teaching and learning.

Past Teacher Forums:

  • 2012 - Seeing Learning, with Steve Seidel
  • 2011 - Cultivating an Ethic of Excellence in Schools, with Ron Berger
  • 2010 - Collaborative Learning in the Classroom: Awaken the Joy of Interpreting Texts, with Dr. Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Dr. Sarah Michaels

The 2013 Teacher Forum is made possible with the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

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and is co-sponsored by:

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Brandeis Education Program

Kathy Schultz

Kathy Schultz

2013 Teacher Forum

Silence: A Form of Classroom Participation

Sunday, March 3, 2013
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Hassenfeld Conference Center
Brandeis University 

Join us for a stimulating workshop as we explore the significance of student silence with Kathy Schultz, author of Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices and dean of the Mills College School of Education.

She will explore: 
  • What are the meanings of students' silence in classrooms?
  • What understandings do teachers have about participation? 
  • How do we conceptualize a democratic classroom without insisting on student talk? 
  • How does silence figure into conceptions of classroom practice?

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Refreshments will be served; dietary laws observed.


Directions and parking

See Kathy Schultz discuss her book Rethinking Classroom Participation:

Directions and parking

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Parking: After entering the campus, turn left on the main campus road. Proceed through the stop sign and pass Spingold Theatre and the Rose Art Museum on your left and the Shapiro Campus Center on your right. Park in H (Hassenfeld) lot, on your left just after the museum. Hassenfeld Conference Center is in Sherman Hall, across the street and to the right, between Shapiro Residence Hall and the Faculty Club.

For more information, contact the Mandel Center at teacherforum@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-2093.