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Barbara Regenspan

Barbara Regenspan

Associate Professor of Educational Studies
Educational Studies, 17 Persson Hall
p 315-228-7072


EdD, University of Rochester, Margaret Warner School of Education


Social justice-focused teacher education, particularly in the areas of literature and history. I facilitate the undergraduate and MAT programs in English and Social Studies. I am proud of our teacher education programs in that they combine the best of practical "how to" knowledge with a rigorous inquiry-oriented foundational education covering the politics of public education as well as the best of materialist, feminist, and cultural studies-driven history and literature curriculum. We do not marginalize the spiritual realm of human experience and find nurture for teacher education in practices of yoga and non-denominational meditation, emotional intelligence, and poetry craft. We actually find the new "Common Core Standards" inspired in their combined focus on close study of text and practices of making the texts under consideration "come alive."

As a teacher educator I am guided by imagined conceptions of a "wholeness of labor," and "social action as curriculum," but also a very practical sense of "leaking" our deepest values in the pattern that frames our lessons, and our understanding that every lesson must include an active component where students use their literacy skills in sophisticated and clearly targeted ways.


  • Parallel Practices: Social Justice-Focused Teacher Education and the Elementary School Classroom. NY: Peter Lang, 2002. 
  • New book under contract: Teaching at the Deep End: A Ghostly Educational Philosophy for the End Times


I just returned from the Core faculty trip to India. The faculty participants created a blog while traveling titled "Reflections from India." Note my poems, "Poem from Pondicherry" and "Poem from Jaipur."


Here I explain how my colleagues and I use technology to document student work and help them build portfolios