Marilyn Cochran-Smith delivers the Barbara Biber Lecture at Bank Street College in memorial of her legacy as a researcher, scholar, and leader in progressive education. Cochran-Smith focuses on what lies at the heart of teaching and learning on an individual level as well as what it will take to improve the current state of urban schools. Her main points address teacher retention and differences among generations of teachers.

Author Biography

Marilyn Cochran-Smith holds the John E. Cawthorne Endowed Chair in Teacher Education for Urban Schools at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She also directs the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction. Cochran-Smith earned her Ph.D. in Language and Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, where she was a tenured faculty member at the Graduate School of Education until going to Boston College in 1996.



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