Warner School Names New Chair of Teaching and Curriculum

Jeff Choppin  photoJeffrey Choppin has been appointed chair of the Warner School’s teaching and curriculum program. Choppin has been serving as interim chair since last fall, and his permanent appointment is effective immediately.
Choppin succeeds past chair Joanne Larson, Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education, who served as the program chair for the past 15 years. Larson will continue to be actively involved at Warner as a professor and assume new responsibilities as associate director of research in the new Center for Urban Education Success, where she will continue to lead and oversee research at East Upper and Lower Schools.
“Under Joanne, the teaching and curriculum program has experienced several changes and growth, particularly around student enrollment, scholarship opportunities, and national research on topics such as math and science education, reading and literacy, and early childhood education,” said Warner School Dean and Frederica Warner Professor Raffaella Borasi. “We have all benefited from Joanne’s proven leadership, vision, and passion as well as her willingness to always do what was needed to ensure the success of the program. We are extremely grateful to Joanne for her steadfast dedication and commitment.”
Choppin joined the Warner School faculty in 2003. He received his PhD in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before earning his doctorate, Choppin taught for 12 years in the Washington D.C. Public Schools and received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1995.  Choppin’s research has focused on topics that are relevant to today’s teachers, as reflected in his publications around teachers’ perceptions and use of innovative curriculum materials; the impact of policy reforms associated with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics on teachers’ classroom practices, and teaching candidates experiences with and perceptions of edTPA and its impact on teacher preparation programs. 
“A 25-year career of accomplished teaching and research makes Jeff a perfect candidate to lead this department and to carry on the momentum,” added Borasi.  “We look forward with excitement to the vision and expertise that Jeff brings to his new role as chair.” 

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