About Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Dr. Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College.  A leader in teacher education for more than 40 years, Cochran-Smith is a frequent presenter nationally and internationally and is widely known for her work on teacher education research, policy and practice and her sustained commitment to inquiry and social justice. She is the author of nine books, including Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation (Teachers College Press, 2009).

Past Teacher Forums:

  • 2017 - What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good, with Joel Westheimer
  • 2016 - Coercion in the Classroom, with Alfie Kohn
  • 2015 - Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations, with Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
  • 2014 - The Moral Dilemmas of Teaching - Small Moments that Matter, with Anna Richert
  • 2013 - Silence in the Classroom, with Kathy Schultz
  • 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 Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Sarah Michaels


Save the date: October 21, 2018
"Lesson Study: Experiencing Practice-Based Professional Development"
with Jennifer Lewis
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Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Your Classroom as a Laboratory: Teacher Research at School and Beyond
with Marilyn Cochran-Smith

March 4, 2018
Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University

  • What is teacher research, and what is it good for?
  • What kinds of investigations have teachers conducted in their classrooms, and what can we learn from them?
  • How can schools support teacher research?

In this interactive workshop, Marilyn Cochran-Smith showed how educators can go from questions about their own practice to studies that illuminate their work with students and provide insight for others, using examples of research other teachers have conducted. Teachers had the opportunity to frame research questions related to their practice, while school leaders learned about the conditions in schools that make teacher research possible.

Practitioner Inquiry Booklist

Professor Cochran-Smith's presentation:

Q & A:

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

The 2018 Teacher Forum was co-sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the Delet Alumni Network (DAN).