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Lois Weiner

Lois Weiner

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Department: Elementary/Secondary Education
Office Location: P-329C
Phone: 201-200-2432
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Educational Background:
  • Ed.D – Department of Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments – Harvard University Cambridge, MA ; 1991.
  • M.A. in Teaching of English – Columbia University, New York, NY; 1979
  • Teaching preparation (honors) – California State University, Hayward, CA ,1973
  • B.A. in Journalism; minor-social movements (honors) University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1970
  • Study in political science, Swedish language – University of Stockholm Stockholm, Sweden 1968-1969
Curriculum Vitae:
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Studies Association
Selected Publications:


The Futureof Our Schools. Teachers Unions and Social Justice (Chicago: Haymarket Press, April 2012)

The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers, and Their Unions: Stories for Resistance , Mary Compton and Lois Weiner, Editors, (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan (March 2008).

Urban Teaching: The Essentials , Second edition, (New York: Teachers College Press, 2006; first edition, 1999).

Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools. Lessons from Thirty Years of School Reform , (New York: Teachers College Press, 1993). Winner, AERA Award for Research and Scholarship in Teaching and Teacher Education, 1993.

Recent Book Chapters

“Teachers’ Unions and Social Justice,” co-authored with Mary Compton, The Routledge International Companion to Critical Education, Michael Apple, Wayne Au, and Luis Armando Gandin, eds. (New York: Taylor and Francis Group, 2009).

“NCLB, U.S. Education, and the World Bank: Neoliberalism Comes Home,” Facing Accountability in Education: Democracy and Equity At Risk, Christine Sleeter, ed. (New York: Teachers College Press, 2007).

“Tensions of ‘Women Working with Women’ in Urban Teacher Education” in Urban Teacher Education and Teaching: Innovative Practices for Diversity and Social Justice, Patrick Solomon And Dia Sekayi, eds. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006).

Selected Articles

Topic: Educational Policy

“The lethal threat to university-based teacher education,” Journal of Teacher Education, September 2007.

“Why we ‘Profess’ Rather than ‘Teach: Implications of the Gendered Construction of Work in the Global Economy,” Workplace. An online journal of Academic Labor, June 2005, http://www.cust.educ.ubc.ca/workplace/issue6p2/weiner.html.

“A Progressive Response to ‘No Child Left Behind'” New Politics, March 2005, http://www.newpol.org.

“Research or ‘Cheerleading’? Scholarship on CSD 2 in New York City,” Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 11(27) http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v11n27/

“Nitpicking: An Exploration of the Reasons Gender Equity Is Marginal in Research and Reform of Urban Education,” The Urban Review, December 2002

“Systemic Reform’s ‘Learning by All’: Who’s Assessing Learning of Researchers and Policy Analysts?” Educational Policy, May 2002

“Illuminating the Multiple Linkages between State Educational Policy to Improve Schools and Curriculum and Instruction in a Program of Urban Teacher Preparation,” Educational Policy, November 2001

“Albert Shanker’s Legacy,” Contemporary Education, Summer 1998

“Teachers, Unions, and School Reform: Examining Margaret Haley's Vision,” Educational Foundations, Summer 1996

Review of Teachers and Crisis: Urban School Reform and Teachers Work Culture, in Educational Studies, Summer,1994

Topic: Urban Teacher Education

“Why Is Classroom Management So Vexing for Urban Teachers?” Theory Into Practice, November 2003.

Book Review in Educational Researcher, December 2002.

“Evidence and Inquiry in Teacher Education,” Journal of Teacher Education, May/June 2002.

“Research in the 90s: Implications for Urban Teacher Preparation,” Review of Educational Research ( Fall 2000).

“How the Urban Setting Affects Student Teachers' Motivations for Choosing Teaching as a Career,” The Urban Review (March 1995), co-author.

“Preparing the Brightest for Urban Schools,” Urban Education, October, 1990

“An Analytic Framework for Reform of Urban Teacher Preparation,” The Urban Review, Fall, 1989

“Why High-Achieving Students Choose to Teach: Policy Makers Take Note,” The High School Journal, October, 1989

Topic: English Education

“Insights for Interns-Teaching English in the City,” English Journal, May 1999

“James Moffett's Legacy,” California English, Winter 1997

“Two Formulas for Creating Lessons,” English Journal, (March 1997).

“Democracy, Pluralism, and English Education,” English Education, May 1995

Documents and Papers:
National Presentations:

Presentations on my recent books:

Trinational Commission in Defense of Public Education – May 2014, Chicago

UC Santa Barbara – April 2014

Organize2020, Raleigh NC – Feb. 2014

New York University – February 2014

Providence RI – October 2013

University of Mass, Dartmoth – October 2013

Miami University, Ohio – April 2013

Teachers College, Columbia University – May 2013

Chicago Teachers Union Quest Conference – April 2012


International Presentations:

International Conference on Critical Education, Thessaloniki Greece, June 2014

National Union of Teachers International Research Collaborative, London May 2014

National Union of Teachers Annual Conference, Manchester England, March 2013

York University, Toronto Canada, April 2013

Bogota Colombia, August 2012.

Concrit Annual Conference, Barcelona Spain, May 2009.

University of Aarhus, Aarhus Denmark, May 2009.

Annual Conference of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), Gothenburg, Sweden, September 2008.


Scholarly Interests:

Effects of changes in global political economy on teaching, teachers, and schools Impact of urban school characteristics on teachers’ classroom practice How race, class, and gender mediate academic achievement Teachers’ work and the school as a workplace

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