Three Ways to Break Open Your Old Mindset about Teaching and Learning Across the Lifespan
Margaret Ferrara is the Director of Elementary, Secondary, and Human Growth and Development programs in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. Before she graduated with her PhD from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, she had an extensive teaching career in urban and suburban schools in grade levels ranging from early childhood to high school and in all levels of student learning - gifted, special education, and students at-risk of not finishing high school. Her focus in her research and service is in working with programs that focus on school-university partnerships, single gender, and family engagement. While these seem at times to be disparate interests, Dr. Ferrara (Dr. F to her students) finds ways to blend myriad dimensions to her work to bring attention and teaching strategies to meld these foci together in her classroom teaching, research, and her passion on service learning and community engagement. Her belief is that preservice teachers need to live and learn in the local community and bring the community with its multiple perspectives into their own learning and in their classrooms of the future. Dr. Ferrara is a long distance runner and hopes to complete her 28 marathon in spring 2018,one that she has promised will be her last.