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Kellie Cain

female professor

What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.

- John Dewey


I believe that all children are entitled to the very best education and that it is our responsibility as teachers, and as teacher educators, to create classroom communities that enable students to achieve their fullest potential.

My beliefs and practice have been shaped primarily by my involvement in the California Subject Matter Projects, in which teachers work collaboratively to expand their own content and pedagogical content knowledge to better serve students, and the work of Elizabeth Cohenand Rachel Lotan, whose Program in Complex Instruction promotes equity and access through cooperative learning.

In my work with preservice and inservice teachers, my goals are to help them assume a stance of inquiry and reflection in their practice, and to help them become effective teachers of culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse students.

Education


2005

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction
University of the Pacific

1999

M.A., Educational Administration
University of the Pacific

1988

Single Subject Professional Clear Credential, English
University of the Pacific

1987

A.B., English
University of California, Davis

Research Interests


  • Reflective Teaching
  • Teacher Knowledge and Development
  • Adolescent Literacy Development
  • Secondary Education/Reform Teaching

kcain@pacific.edu