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Anastasia Samaras

Professor of Education

Expertise: Self-study research, Qualitative methodologies, teacher education, Curriculum and Instruction; Early childhood education

Anastasia P. Samaras is a Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She is a pedagogical scholar with extensive teaching and publishing activity directly related to her signature work in the self-study research methodology, including Self-Study Teacher Research. Anastasia is recipient of the Dissertation Research Award, University of Virginia, the Outstanding Scholar Award, University of Maryland, a Fulbright Scholar, and a visiting scholar at the University of Iceland, Vrije University, Victoria University, University of Ioannina, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Beijing Normal University. She serves as Academic Program Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program, Chair of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Special Interest Group, and co-facilitator of Self-Study Scholars’ Collaborative (S3C) on the Visually Rich Digital Learning Environment. Her research centers on designing and studying Neo-Vygotskian-based applications in transdisciplinary professional practice, including her own.  

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Beverly Shaklee

Professor of Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning; Director, Center for International Education

Expertise: International education, Culturally responsive training, Education of young gifted children

Shaklee is Director of the Center for International Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. The Center for International Education (CIE) focuses on research and development of K12-university international education. CIE supports projects that explore the nature of international education, teacher education and provides professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators that advance international and intercultural understanding through education. CIE is an active participant in The Alliance for International Education.

Shaklee has a focused research agenda on the representation of diverse populations in gifted child education programs. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for SENG (Serving the Needs of Gifted), an international organization focused on the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals.

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Kimberly Sheridan

Assistant Professor of Education

Expertise: Intersection of arts and cognition, issues related to art education, educational psychology

Kimberly Sheridan is an assistant professor of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Education and Human Development.

Sheridan has a diverse research background, focusing on the intersection of the arts and cognition, and has worked in functional neuroimaging labs, done field research on the contemporary visual arts in East Africa, conducted observational and interview studies of high school visual arts classrooms and used on-line surveys and interview to study film fans who participate in discussion groups.

She is a Research Specialist for the Studio Thinking Project, which studies teaching, learning and assessment in the visual arts. In addition to her research, she has been involved in professional development for teachers. Sheridan is currently working towards developing a research center on learning in the arts at Mason.

Solon Simmons

Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expertise: Presidential and congressional elections, class and culture politics, third-party candidates, political views of college professors

Simmons has published widely regarding American elections, the role of outsider presidential candidates and the role of class and culture in politics. His academic interests include the discussion of values and political narratives in the television era as well as examination of the fault lines in American politics over the past half-century. He has also conducted a study of political views and political correctness of faculty members in U.S. colleges and universities. His research has been widely covered in national media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, "The Today Show", NPR and "Meet the Press."

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Debra Sprague

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Technology integration in teacher education, Technology integration in K-12 education

Sprague is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. She is assigned to the Elementary Education Program and teaches courses that focus on technology integration. Sprague also teaches courses in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program.

Sprague's research interests focus on the use of technology to support teaching and learning. She is the co-author of Technology for Teaching, which looks at various technologies and ways to use them in the K-12 classroom. Sprague currently serves as the editor for the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Stephen White

Professor of Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Cognitive development, Teacher development, Problem solving in young children

White is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. He currently serves as Director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Program and teaches in the literacy program, the ASTL core course sequence and the ASTL early childhood concentration.

White's research interests focus on the strategies young children use to solve reasoning problems and teacher development. His research has addressed young children's abilities to solve analogy problems and the effects of teaching young children to solve these problems. In addition, White has conducted investigations that examine teacher beliefs and practices toward early literacy and mathematics instruction.

White also serves on the editorial board of Early Education and Development and has consulted extensively with schools and community agencies on early childhood curriculum and program development. He currently serves as a consultant on a school district effort to develop and implement a kindergarten mathematics assessment.

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Kristien Zenkov

Associate Professor of Literacy and Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Urban teacher education, Language art pedagogy, Curriculum standards

Zenkov is an associate professor of literacy education at George Mason University and the co-director of the "Through Students' Eyes" project, which asks urban high school and middle school youth to document with photographs and writing what they believe are the purposes of school.

He has published more than forty articles and book chapters concerning urban teacher education, language arts pedagogy, and curriculum standards in English Journal, Visual Studies, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Educational Action Research, Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, and School-Practitioner Quarterly.

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