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Margery Ginsberg, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor and Lead Faculty

Margery GinsbergHonors & Awards:

Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education (2010)

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

The Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education was for the book, “Diversity & Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College, 2nd ed.”

Model National Professional Development Award (2000)

United States Dept. of Education

This award was for comprehensive school reform with Spring Woods High School in Houston, Texas. Using a "motivational framework for culturally responsive teaching" (Ginsberg & Wlodkowski, 2000), the school significantly improved student learning across subject areas and grade levels.

AERA Relating Research to Practice Award in the category of professional service (2013)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

This award is meant to stimulate and recognize outstanding contributions that individuals have made to increasing practitioner and lay-group understanding of the contributions of educational research to the improvement of educational practice. The "Professional Service" category recognizes an individual who has related research findings to practice through direct involvement with the educational community.

Additional Honors & Awards

2010 Friend of Cleveland High School in Seattle - Community Partner Award

U.S. Department of Education 1999-2000 National Professional Development Award, with Spring Woods High School, Houston, Texas.

Recent and selected upcoming presentations:

“Understanding Motivation to Develop Culturally Responsive Teaching”

Temasek Polytechnic (TP), Singapore, LA Fest September 22-September 27, 2013

Dr. Ginsberg in collaboration with Dr. Wlodkowski will a provide plenary session and seminar series on intrinsic motivation as a lever for adult learning.

“Bridges to Partnership”, Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together

Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpilier, VT, October 9, 2013

This plenary session bridges theory and practice to examine the potential of youth and educators as partners in high school redesign.

Flexible Learning Conference

Madison College, Madison, WI  October 17-October 18, 2013

Diverse students require diverse modes of instruction. Join us to learn more about developing, growing and supporting Flexible Learning formats from both faculty and administrator perspectives.

“Teaching with Motivation in Mind: The Key to Success with Common CORE” National Association of Black School Educators

Detroit, MI November 14, 2013

The premise of this presentation is that educators who are knowledgeable about intrinsic motivation are likely to create the conditions in which P-12 students-across linguistic and cultural groups-strive to excel.

Featured Articles:

Many of the articles I write are written for practicing educators who want to discover - through their own research - new ways to reach students with whom they may not have previously been effective.  The following articles speak to my orientation as a scholar of practice.

Invaluable Allies: Partnering with Parents for Student Success

Educational Horizons/Phi Delta Kappan (February, 2011)

This article is written for new teachers, experienced educators, and people who are raising children. Here is how it begins -

This article provides ideas and methods that can help teachers and parents work together as invaluable allies who nurture student motivation and learning. As an educator and a parent who has lived in rural, small town, suburban, and urban communities across the United... ,...more

Learning to Listen through Home Visits with Somali, Mien, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Latino Families

New Horizons (at John Hopkins University School of Education)

This article describes a post-secondary summer learning experience that helped educational leaders listen to and learn from members of linguistic minority communities. It provides insights contributed by 24 doctoral students from the University of Washington's Leadership for Learning (L4L) executive leadership program. In July of 2005, these students, most of whom were currently principals,...more

Professional Learning to Promote Motivation & Academic Performance Among Diverse Adults

Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (November, 2009)

This article responds to the question: "When we reach beyond policy and student support services, what do we know about instructional innovations that enhance motivation and performance among underserved adult learners?" It proposes a theory and a set of practices that can help adult educators and post-secondary instructors develop a clear focus on intrinsically motivating instruction for a range...more

Recent books:

Transformative Professional Learning (2011) Corwin Press

Diversity & Motivation (2009) Jossey-Bass/Wiley, Inc.

Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses (2010) Jossey-Bass/Wiley, Inc.

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