Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Maxine Greene once said, “Imagination is the capacity to see things as they would be otherwise.” As such, I imagine a world where children and families are foregrounded in educational policy and practice—a dream that is certainly achievable but one that requires a reordering of our national priorities. I believe that learning—real learning—is constructed by the learner and facilitated by a skilled and caring educational practitioner. The piece of knowledge that I value the most is that we need to teach the whole child and to achieve this, we must see our students as the multifaceted, complicated, and potential-filled individuals they are.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Positions held within schools: First grade learning specialist; kindergarten learning specialist; child study team coordinator; third grade teacher (in an inclusive setting); fifth grade teacher.
Recent Professional Contributions
Fieldwork advisement to students: Early Childhood Special & General Education Program & Childhood Special & General Education Program.
Boys of Color Advisory Group Member (of the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness)
- M.S.Ed., Childhood General and Special Education, Bank Street College of Education
- M.P.A., Concentration: Social Policy Analysis, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
- A.B., Major: Politics, Concentrations: Afro-American Studies & Latin American Studies, Princeton University
Selected Publications and Presentations
Burr, V., & Jones, P. (2012). Fair is Not Equal: A Differentiated Approach to Supporting Behavioral Growth in the Classroom. Retrieved from: http://bankstreet.edu/blogs/fair-is-not-equal/
Jones, P. (2011). Ensuring African American students get the education they deserve: Exploring differentiated instruction as one viable approach to combat one-size-fits-all education. Conference presenation, Annual Legislative Conference. Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, DC.