My teaching philosophy is inspired by my experience as a classroom teacher in a bilingual East Oakland elementary school. While a world apart from the university setting in many ways, the same basic principles apply, and I seek to foster a lively, discussion-filled class where students know that they are important, they understand how what they are learning is relevant to their lives, and they treat each other with respect. I encourage students to take ownership of their education and to discover and pursue their interests as lifelong learners.
In addition to teaching courses related to my research interests in education policy, inequality, economics of education, sociology of education, schools and families, and teacher effectiveness, I am also excited about teaching classes on research design and causal inference. In Fall 2016, I’m teaching Social & Cultural Foundations of Education. Here’s a link to the syllabus: