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Arizona State University Sends TC Two Visiting Professors

"I was pleased to receive an invitation to be a visiting professor at Teachers College," said David Berliner. "TC is of great historic importance in education, and I am happy to be a part of such a distinguished institution."

Berliner is the Dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University and also serves as Regents' Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and of Psychology in Education. He and his wife, Ursula Casanova, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University, will spend the next few months as visiting professors at TC.

Casanova, who will be part of the International and Transcultural Studies Department while she is here, will participate in a research project on mentoring with several city schools. She will also be involved in the activities of the Metropolitan School's Council to learn how such a model might be implemented in Arizona. A graduate of Hunter College, Casanova said in a recent interview, "Although I have not resided in New York City for a long time, I have been a frequent visitor through the years. This fall I expect to renew my acquaintance with New York, and after many years in the Southwest, I look forward to working with today's students at TC." Casanova will be teaching Current Topics in Bilingualism this fall.

Through the 1960s and 1970s, Casanova taught in elementary and junior high schools in upstate New York. She became involved in national educational policy in 1978 when she was a senior fellow in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program at George Washington University's Institute for Educational Leadership. The following year she was a senior research associate at the National Institute of Education. Since 1985, she has been at Arizona State University, spending one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Center for Chicano Research and one year as a Visiting Professor at University of Tasmania, Launceston.

Berliner will deliver the Sachs Lectures while he is here, which he says will focus on who is criticizing education and why. He talks about this subject in his book The Manufactured Crisis, which he co-authored with B.J. Biddle. "I think people are overly critical of the schools and they say some things that aren't true," Berliner commented. "There are many good schools. Many of the problems are the result of other factors, such as poverty, minority status, family life, quality of teachers, access to computers, and so on."

In addition to his role as Sachs Lecturer, Berliner will be part of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and will teach a Research on Teaching course, which he says explores the research basis for what educators do. He and Casanova will be editing a book on educational research while they are here. The two published another book together in 1993 called Putting Research to Work in Your Schools. "I am also starting a book of essays about all sorts of educational issues, thoughts and comments based on notes I've taken over the years," Berliner added.

Berliner received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from Stanford University. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and a number of foreign universities and was director of research at the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development in San Francisco. He is a past president of both the American Educational Research Association and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychology Association. He is also a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

While in New York, Berliner says he hopes to visit New York public schools. "I'm from the Bronx, originally, and I went to PS 79 and DeWitt Clinton High School," Berliner explained. "I haven't been back in 40 years."

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