Education Faculty and Students in the News

Feb. 22, 2022 in BrandeisNOW: Creating inclusive elementary school classrooms.

Feb. 1, 2022 in the Justice Newspaper: Views on the News: The impact of banning of mask mandates on the school system.

Jan 4, 2022 in the Brandeis Alumni News: $10 Million Alumni Gift to Transform Community Engagement at Brandeis.

Four guest speakers gave talks about their expertise on different issues on Education. 

  1. October 14, 2021: Celebrating and Learning: The Case of Jewish Summer Camps by Professor Joseph Reimer, Associate Professor of Jewish Education in the Education Program and the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership
  2. November 1, 2021: Educated Viewers: Civic Spectatorship, Media Literacy, and American Schools by Professor Victoria Cain, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Northeastern University

    These talks were co-sponsored by the Education Program, the Marya Levenson '64 Fund for Education, and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.
  3. April 4, 2022: Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a No-Excuses Charter School by Joanne W. Golann, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.   and author of the new book Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a No-Excuses Charter School (Princeton University Press). 
  4. April 6, 2022: Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban by Natasha Warikoo, Professor of Sociology at Tufts University and author of Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools (May 2022, University of Chicago Press). 

    These lectures were co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity, the Department of African and African American Studies, the Intercultural Center, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, and the Department of Sociology.

July 2, 2021

View the photos and watch the research presentations and recognition of the MAT class of 2021. More details about the event are available on the Research Presentation page.

May 23, 2021

The Education Program celebrated graduates with a virtual event on May 23, 2021. Watch the video.

Three guest speakers gave talks about their expertise on different issues on Education. 

  1. March 1, 2021: Developing and Retaining Teachers of Color by Professor Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor at Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Watch video.
  2. March 15, 2021: A Forgotten Migration: Black Southerners and Graduate Education During the Age of Jim Crow by Professor Crystal Sanders, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Penn State. 
  3. April 12, 2021: Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League by Professor Stefan Bradley, Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

These talks were co-sponsored by the Education Program; the History Department; the Marya Levenson Fund for Education, Equity, and Racial Justice; the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy; the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the School of Arts and Sciences Co-curricular Fund.

Watch Rachel Kramer Theodorou on a nationally recorded webinar as she speaks about Teaching Effective Listening Skills for Equitable Learning (You will be asked to enter an email address in order to watch the video). Rachel teaches MAT courses in the fundamentals of teaching and to undergraduates about teaching English learners, citizen science and teacher education, and in curriculum and assessment.


Read on Brandeis NOW Professor Derron Wallace's research on racial inequality in public schools during a pandemic. Derron Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Education.
The Brandeis seal with text below it reading Brandeis University Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Secondary Jewish day school Celebrating the class of 2020

July 2, 2020

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program celebrated graduates with virtual events on July 2, 2020. Watch the celebration videos.
The Brandeis seal with text below it reading Brandeis University Celebrating the Class of 2020

May 31, 2020

The Education Program celebrated graduates with virtual events on May 28 and May 31, 2020. Watch the mini celebration videos.
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Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education Annual Conference

November 14, 2019

Brandeis hosted the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education annual conference on November 14-15, 2019.  CETE, comprised of education programs in nineteen leading universities and small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast US, was formed in 1983 as a response to a national mandate for improved teacher preparation.

Watch Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Eaton, Ed.D. 
Getting To "We": Educators as a Counterforce to Othering in a Polarized Nation 
Read about her talk on The Justice

Ashley Peper and friend pose holding 'Teacher of the Year' certificate

Ashley Peper (right) is awarded 'Teacher of the Year' at her elementary school.

Ashley Peper Named 2018-19 Teacher of the Year

August 28, 2019

Congratulations to Ashley Peper, member of Cohort 4 of the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program, for being named the 2018-19 'Teacher of the Year' at ICEF Inglewood Elementary Charter Academy in Inglewood, CA. We are so proud of you and all that our teacher leaders are able to accomplish!
Nehama Libman, Cohort IV, giving her presentation.

Nehama Libman, Cohort IV, gives her presentation titled "Fostering Independence in a Second Language."

2019 Teacher Leadership Presentations

July 18, 2019

On Thursday July 18, Cohorts IV and V of the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program came together for the final day of the program’s summer 2019 session. For the past three weeks, both groups have taken intensive classes exploring topics such as leadership and authority, assessment, school culture and more.

On this last day, Cohort IV presented the initiatives they implemented in their own schools while instructors, coaches, special guests, and members of Cohort V listened. This was followed by insightful reflections, a wonderful luncheon, and many heartfelt goodbyes.

MAT students sitting on the floor working on a group activity.

MAT students working on a group activity.

Photo Credit: Manuel Tuan

MAT Cohort 2019-20 goes on a Retreat

June 20, 2019

On June 16, the MAT cohort 2019-20 spent Sunday and Monday in Rindge NH for an annual retreat. The activities were led by Prof. Danielle Igra, Director of the Brandeis Teacher Education program, Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Faculty Leader of the Elementary Concentration and Annie Grover, Assistant Director for Field Experience. Discussion and activities focused around overviews, investigation of the program's four key themes and some concepts that are foundational to the program, establishment of group agreements, expectations, etc. and fun activities.

Students posing for a group picture.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program Cohort 2019-20

Photo Credit: Manuel Tuan

Brandeis Teacher Education Program welcomes MAT Cohort 2019-20

June 14, 2019

On June 11, 2019, the Teacher Education Program welcomed new students into the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The program kicked off with a two day orientation followed by their first week of classes and a weekend retreat. The MAT is a 13-month intensive graduate program that prepares students to become licensed educators in elementary or secondary schools, in public or Jewish day schools. For inquiries, email

Caroline Cadel '09 and Lea Winkler '09 awarded the 2019 Harry S. Levitan Prize.

June 14, 2019

Caroline Cadel ’09 graduated with a SOC major and Teacher Education and Education Studies minors. She was also Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude at Brandeis. She has taught a wide range of students in both middle and high schools. She is currently an outstanding middle school teacher at Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough creating a challenging and supportive classroom where all students can thrive.  Caroline also facilitates the Brandeis Teacher Induction Group as an excellent teacher leader of the group. 

Lea Winkler ‘09 is truly a graduate of the Brandeis Teacher Preparation Programs.  She graduated Cum laude from Brandeis with a major in history and a minor in education.  She completed the MAT - Elementary in 2010 and is a recent graduate of the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program.  Lea currently serves as a third grade general studies teacher and STEM coordinator at the Epstein Hillel Academy, a Jewish day school in Marblehead, MA. Lea recently received the Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation; this award recognizes emerging leaders in Jewish Education.

Congratulations to both of you for your recent accomplishments!


Rachel Theodorou posing for pictures with fellow educators.

Rachel Theodorou, second to the left, with fellow educators.

Rachel Kramer Theodorou wins Linda Shulman Award

May 31, 2019

Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Elementary Faculty Leader in the Teacher Education Program has just won the Linda Shulman Award with her co-awardee Britta McNemar will be embarking on a year of Innovation Grant work with the Waltham Family School (WFS).  Within the grant, Britta and Rachel will research the topic:   Parenting as English Learners in Waltham Public (American) Schools”.  
graduates wearing cap and gown doing photo shoot

2019 EdM Graduates

Third Cohort of Students Graduated with Their Master's Degree (EDM) in Teacher Leadership

May 19, 2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the third cohort of students in the Brandeis Teacher Leadership program graduated with their Master's degree (EdM) in Teacher Leadership. After two years of coursework including two intensive summers at Brandeis, four semesters of distance learning and two years of coaching, these teachers from public and Jewish day schools, gathered at Brandeis to don cap, gown and hood to receive their degrees. After participating in the big ceremony in the Gosman Sports and Convention Center, the teacher leaders convened in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex for an intimate diploma ceremony and celebratory lunch.

May 28, 2017

Terry Shaipitisiri is an Education Studies and a BA/BS MAT Program alumna. Read more about her goal to address Education policy in the US.

November 8, 2016

Laura Pasek is a MAT and Teaher Leadership program alumna. Read about her and her approach to teaching electoral politics in the GSAS news.