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Beverly Falk

Professor
Program Director

School/Division

School of Education

Department

Teaching Learning and Culture: Graduate Early Childhood Education

Affiliated Departments

CUNY Graduate Center

Office

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  • Profile

    I am a professor and the Director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at CCNY's School of Education. I have been a classroom teacher, public school founder and director, district administrator, researcher, and consultant - at the school, district, state, and national level. In 2005-2007 I was a Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Quest Project.  During that time I developed multi-media websites that document effective examples of urban teaching and learning: http://insideteaching.org/quest/collections/sites/falk_beverly/site/index.html. In 2010-2011 I was a Public Scholarship Fellow of the Colin Center for Policy Studies at CCNY. 

    Currently, I am the founding Editor of The New Educator, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that is published by The City College of New York's School of Education in partnership with the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). I am also a partner of the Stanford Center for Equity, Learning, and Assessment (SCALE), an organization that supports innovation in performance-based assessment for teachers and students. 

    I am the author/co-author/editor of over 100 publications and books. My most recent books are Defending Childhood:  Keeping the Promise of Early Education (Teachers College Press, 2012); Teaching Matters:  Stories from Inside City Schools (The New Press, 2012); Teaching the Way Children Learn (Teachers College Press, 2008); and The Power of Questions:  A Guide to Teacher and Student Research (Heinemann Press, 2005). 

     

    Bammy Awards 2014

  • Education

    • Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University (Curriculum and Teaching)
    • M.S. Ed., School of Education, The City College of New York (Early Childhood Education)
    • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College (Music)
  • Courses Taught

    EDCE 2202I:  Research Seminar in Early Childhood Education I - Teacher Inquiry

    EDCE 2900I:  Research Seminar in Early Childhood Education II - Teacher Inquiry

  • Research Interests

    My work focuses on supporting teachers to teach in the ways that children learn.  By this I mean creating learning environments that foster active engagement, are responsive to diverse cultures and languages, involve families in children’s learning, and develop not only cognitive skills but other human attributes such as curiosity, perseverance, empathy, flexibility, resilience, and social awareness.  I am particularly interested in ensuring that our youngest, most vulnerable citizens in historically under-served diverse urban communities have equitable access to such high quality learning opportunities. 

    Another strand of my work is garnering the knowledge teachers generate in their practice to inform instruction, support students’ learning, and advance the knowledge of the field.  Toward that end I collaborate with teachers to document and make visible dilemmas and effective practices of urban teaching.I am also involved in projects that work with teachers on the development and implementation of both large-scale and classroom-based performance assessments

    My areas of expertise include early childhood education, early literacy, performance assessment, teacher education, and teacher research.

  • Publications

    Books
    Falk, B. (Ed.)  (2012).  Defending childhood:  Keeping the promise of early education.  New York:  Teachers College Press.

    Falk, B. & Blumenreich, M.  (2012). Teaching matters:  Stories from inside city schools.  New York:  The New Press. 

    Falk, B.  (2008).  Teaching the way children learn.  New York:  Teachers College Press. 

    Falk B. & Blumenreich, M.  (2005). The power of questions:  A guide to teacher and student research.  Portsmouth, N.H.:  Heinemann Press. 

    Falk, B.  (2000).  The heart of the matter:  Using standards and assessments to learn.  Portsmouth, N.H.:  Heinemann Press.

    Calkins, L., Santman, D., Montgomery, K., with Falk, B.  (1998).  A teacher's guide to standardized testing:  Knowledge is power.  Portsmouth, N.H.:  Heinemann Press.

    Darling-Hammond, L., Ancess, J., & Falk, B.  (1995).  Authentic assessment in action.  New York:  Teachers College Press.

    Edited volumes
    Falk, B.  (Ed.) (2013).  The New Educator, Volume 9.  Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis.
    Issue 1 - Lessons from the Performance Assessment of California Teachers
    Issue 2 - Early Career Teachers:  Dilemmas and Challenges
    Issue 3 – Teacher Leadership
    Issue 4 – Learning through Inquiry

    Falk, B. (Ed.) (2012).  The New Educator, Volume 8.  Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis.
    Issue 1 - Strengthening Professional Collaborations and Dispositions to Ensure Better Teaching
    Issue 2 - Ending the Revolving Door of Teachers Entering and Leaving the Teaching Profession
    Issue 3 - Understanding Diverse Perspectives
    Issue 4 - Essential Experiences for Becoming A Teacher

    Falk, B. (Ed.) (2011).  The New Educator, Volume 7.  Philadelphia:  Taylor and Francis.  
    Issue 1 – Education and Immigration
    Issue 2 - Supporting Teacher Learning:  From Novice to Experienced to Mentor Teacher
    Issue 3 - Reflective Processes of Descriptive Inquiry
    Issue 4 - Preparing Educators for Learner-Centered Literacy Teaching

    Falk, B. (Ed.) (2010) The New Educator, Volume 6.  New York:  The City College of New York.
    Issue 1 - Educator Preparation and Ongoing Learning: Insights from the Field
    Issue 2 - Multiple Perspectives on Diversity
    Issue 3/4 – Museum/University Partnerships in Teacher Education

    Falk, B. (Ed. (2009).  The New Educator, Volume 5.  New York:  The City College of New York.
    Issue 1 - Looking to the Future:  Mentoring New Teachers
    Issue 2 - Preparing Teachers for the Challenges of Teaching in Culturally-Diverse Communities
    Issue 3 - Critical Explorations:  The Road to Understanding
    Issue 4 – Challenges for Beginning Teachers

    Falk B. (Ed.)  (2008).  The New Educator, Volume 4.  Philadelphia:  Taylor and Francis.  
    Issue 1 - Teacher Retention and Early Childhood Education:  An Examination of Critical Issues
    Issue 2 - Examining Elements of Teacher Preparation Programs
    Issue 3 - Mining the Complexities of Practice to Shape Knowledge, Policies, and Future Practice
    Issue 4 – Issues of Social Justice in Teacher Education

    Falk, B.  (Ed.)  (2007). The New Educator, Volume 3.  Philadelphia:  Taylor and Francis.

    Issue 1 - The Ingredients of Effective Educator Preparation:  Perspectives from Practicing Teachers
    Issue 2 - The Scholarship of Teacher Preparation and Teacher Educator Preparation: An Examination of Teaching the Educational Foundations
    Issue 3 – New Forms of Professional Development: Supports for Educators at Different Points on the Continuum of Expertise
    Issue 4 - Inside Teaching:  Learning from the Inquiries of Practicing Teachers

    Falk, B. (Ed.) (2006). The New Educator, 2.  Philadelphia:  Taylor and Francis.
    Issue 1 - Standards and Assessments:  Problems and Possibilities
    Issue 2 - Preparing Educators to Teach Diverse Learners
    Issue 3 - Playing the Cello During the Bombing of Sarajevo:  Turning Questions Around to Take a Different Look at Teaching and Educator Preparation
    Issue 4 - Building Capacity For Educational Improvement

    Falk, B. (Ed.)  (2005).  The New Educator 1.  Philadelphia:  Taylor and Francis.
    Issue 1 - The New Educator for the 21st Century
    Issue 2 - Nurturing the Hearts and Soul of Educators
    Issue 3 - Retaining Educators in the Profession:  The Need for a Continuum of Supports
    Issue 4 - Inquiry into Teaching and Learning:  An Essential of Educator Preparation

    Falk, B.  (Ed.).  (1994).  The Educational Forum, 59(1).  West Lafayette, IN:  Kappa Delta Pi Publications.

    Refereed articles
    Falk, B. & Darling-Hammond, L.  (2010).  Documentation and democratic education.  Theory into Practice, 49(1), 72-81.  

    Falk, B., Ort, S., & Moirs, K.  (2007).  Keeping the focus on the child:  Supporting and reporting on teaching and learning with a classroom-based assessment system.  Educational Assessment, 12(1), 47-74.

    Blumenreich, M. & Falk, B.  (2006). Trying on a new pair of shoes:  Urban teacher-learners conduct research and construct knowledge in their own classrooms.  Teaching and Teacher Education, 22(7), 864-873.

    Falk, B.  (January 12, 2006).  Morning meeting.  ASCD Express, 1(7).

    Falk, B. & Margolin, L. (2005).  Awakening the questions within:  Inquiry research in an elementary classroom.  Thinking Classroom, 6(2), 6-14.

    Falk, B.  (2004).  A passion for inquiry in an era of 'right answers':  Inquiring about teachers inquiring about their practice.  Teacher Education Quarterly, 31(4), 73-84.

    Falk, B.   (2002).  Standards-based reforms:  Problems and possibilities.  Phi Delta Kappan. 83(8), 612-620.  
     
    Falk, B.  (1998).  Testing the way children learn:  Principles for valid literacy assessments. Language Arts, 76(1), 57-66.

    Falk, B. & Ort, S.  (1998).  Sitting down to score:  Teacher learning through assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, 80(1), 59-64.

    Falk, B.  (Fall, 1998).  Using direct evidence to assess student learning. In Language Matters.  London:  Center for Language in Primary Education.

    Darling-Hammond, L. & Falk, B.  (1997).  Using standards and assessments to support student learning.  Phi Delta Kappan, 79(3), 190-199.

    Falk, B.  (1994).  How assessment supports teaching and learning:  A look at the Primary Language Record. The Educational Forum, 59(1), 30-38.   

    Book chapters
    Darling-Hammond, L. & Falk, B.  (2014). Teacher learning through assessment: How student-performance assessments can support teacher learning.  In L. Darling-

    Hammond (Ed.), Beyond the Bubble Test:  How Performance Assessments support 21st Century Learning, San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.  

    Falk, B.  (2010). Supporting the education and care of young children:  Putting into practice what we know.  In M. Fullan, A. Lieberman, A. Hargreaves, and D. Hopkins (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Educational Change, 933-952.  New York: Springer.  

    Lieberman, A. & Falk, B.  (2006).  Leadership in learner-centered schools.  In

    Danzig, A.B., Borman, K.M., Jones, B.A., and Wright, W.F. (Eds.), Learner Centered Leadership: Research, Policy, and Practice.  Mahway, New Jersey:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  

    Falk, B.  (2003).  Testing the way children learn:  Principles for valid literacy assessments.  In Sharon Murphy and Curt Dudley-Marling (Eds.), Literacy Learning through Language Arts.  Urbana, Illinois:  National Council of Teachers of English.  (A volume of previously published articles selected for being a "valuable contribution to the profession")   

    Falk, B.  (2001).  Professional learning through assessment.  In A. Lieberman and L. Miller (Eds.), Teachers Caught in the Action:  The Work of Professional Development.  New York:  Teachers College Press.   

    Falk, B.  (1998).  Looking at students and their work:  Supporting diverse learners with the Primary Language Record.  In D. Allen (Ed.), Assessing Student Learning:  From Grading to Understanding.  New York:  Teachers College Press.   

    Falk, B.  (1998).  Using direct evidence to assess student progress:  How the Primary Language Record supports teaching and learning.  In T. Salinger (Ed.), Assessing Reading:  Theory and Practice.  London:  Routledge.   

    Darling-Hammond, L. & Falk, B.  (1997).  Policy for authentic assessment.  In A. L. Goodwin, (ed.), Assessment for Equity and Inclusion:  Embracing All Our Children. New York and London: Routledge.

    Lieberman, A., Falk, B. & Wood, D.  (1996.)  Understanding the complexities of educational change.  In S. L. Kagan and N. E. Cohen (Eds.), Reinventing Early Care and Education:  A Vision for a Quality System.  San Francisco, Calif.:  Jossey-Bass.

    Falk, B.  (1996).  Teaching the way children learn.  In M. McLaughlin and I. Oberman (Eds.), Teacher Learning:  New Policies, New Practices.  New York:  Teachers College Press.

    Lieberman, A., Falk, B., & Alexander, L.  (1994).  A culture in the making:  Leadership in learner-centered schools.   In J. Oakes & K. H. Quartz (Eds.), Creating New Educational Communities:  Schools and Classrooms Where All Children Can Be Smart, the 94th NSSE Yearbook.  

    Book reviews
    Falk, B.  (2001).  Lessons for reformers:  A review of Contradictions of school reform:  Educational costs of standardized testing. Journal of Educational Change 01: 1-6.

    Other articles

    Falk, B.  (2006).  A conversation with Lee Shulman – Signature pedagogies for teacher education:  Defining our practices and rethinking our preparation.  The New Educator 2(1), 73-82.

    Falk, B.  (2005). Assessment in support of children's learning:  How ongoing observation and documentation can inform instruction and curriculum development.  Journal of the National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers, 2(1), 2-4.

    Falk, B.  (2003). Keeping your eyes on the prize:  Challenges for early childhood educators.  NYCAEYC Newsletter.  

    Falk, B.  (1998).  Assessment should support teaching and learning.  Education New York, 2(1), 5.  

    Falk, B. & Darling-Hammond, L.  (1993).  Building learner-centered schools.  School Voices, 3(1):  12, 13, 18.

    Monographs, web publications, videos, and other original materials
    Falk, B., Feigenberg, M., Renner, N., & Merino, N.  (2014). The edTPA:  Reflections from teacher candidates to teacher candidates.  Stanford, CA:  Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity.  (Video)

    Falk, B. & Darling-Hammond, L.  (2013).  Teacher learning through assessment: How student-performance assessments can support teacher learning.  Washington, DC:  Center for American Progress.  

    Falk, B.  (20013). Report to the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the City College School of Education's Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education Leading to Initial Certification.  New York:  The City College of New York.  

    Falk, B.  (20013). Report to the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the City College School of Education's Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education Leading to Professional Certification.  New York:  The City College of New York.  

    Falk, B.  (June 3, 2011).  When is a child ready for kindergarten?  Letter to the editor.  The New York Times, A22.  New York:  The New York Times.   

    Falk, B.  (2007). Report to the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the City College School of Education's Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education Leading to Initial Certification.  New York:  The City College of New York.  

    Falk, B.  (2007). Report to the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the City College School of Education's Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education Leading to Professional Certification.  New York:  The City College of New York.  

    Falk, B., Pugach, M. & Siegel, M.  (2007). Visiting Committee Report to the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education, Montclair State University

    Falk, B.  (2007).  Developing an inquiry stance toward teaching.  In Inside Teaching, a web-based collection of records of practice from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. http://www.cfkeep.org/html/stitch.php?s=76160188183338&id=52796060827371
     
    Falk, B.  (2004).  Morning Meeting.  (Video).  

    Falk, B.  (2002). Report to the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the City College School of Education's Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education Leading to Initial Certification.  New York:  The City College of New York.  

    Falk, B.  (2002). Report to the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the City College School of Education's Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education Leading to Professional Certification.  New York:  The City College of New York.  

    Falk B., & Ort, S.  (2000).  Technical report:  Pilot study of the predictive validity of the Early Literacy Profile.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Falk, B.  (1999).  Reframing the basics of education:  A report on the work of The Basic School.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Falk B., & Ort, S.  (1999).  Technical report:  The Early Literacy Profile project.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Falk, B. and associates.  (1999).  The Early Literacy Profile:  An assessment instrument.  New York:  New York State Education Department.

    Falk, B. and associates.  (1999). The Early Literacy Profile:  Facilitator's guide.  New York:  New York State Education Department.  

    Falk, B.  (1997). Using standards and assessments to support student learning:  Early lessons from New York State.  (Video)  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST).
     
    Darling-Hammond, L. & Falk, B.  (1997). Using standards and assessments to support student learning:  Alternatives to grade retention.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Falk, B., MacMurdy, S., & Darling-Hammond, L.  (1995).  Taking a different look:  How the Primary Language Record supports teaching for diverse learners.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Falk, B.  (1994).  The Bronx New School:  Weaving assessment into the fabric of teaching and learning.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.  

    Lieberman, A., Falk, B., & Alexander, L.  (1994).  A culture in the making:  Leadership in learner-centered schools.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Lieberman, A., Wood, D., & Falk, B.  (1994).  Toward democratic practice in schools:  Key understandings about educational change.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.

    Falk, B., & Darling-Hammond, L.  (1993).  The Primary Language Record at P.S. 261:  How assessment transforms teaching and learning.  New York:  National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching.
     

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