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Cynthia Ballenger

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Tufts University
Department of Education
Paige Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2592

Cynthia Ballenger

Professional Development Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Department of Child Study and Human Development

  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Boston University, Boston, MA., 1994
  • M.Ed., Teaching Young Children with Special Needs, Wheelock College, Boston, MA, 1984
  • B.A., Barnard College, New York, NY, 1970

Cindy Ballenger was a reading specialist and science teacher in the Cambridge, Massachusetts public schools for 15 years. She is one of the founding members of the Brookline Teacher Research Seminar, an influential group in the development of teacher research in the last 25 years. Cindy was also a member of the Ch├Ęche Konnen Teachers Seminar, a group shaped by a collaborative culture of critical, transdisciplinary inquiry and reflection among a diverse group of researchers, educators, and scientists from varied communities and professional fields. She serves on the steering committee for NAEYC's online teacher research journal, Voices of Practitioners and teaches a course focused on teacher research. Her recent books, Teaching Other People's Children: Literacy and Learning in a Bilingual Classroom, Regarding Children's Words: Teacher Research on Language and Literacy, and Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments: Practicing Teacher Research in Urban Classrooms are explorations of teacher research, and in her most recent book Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments: Practicing Teacher Research in Urban Classrooms, Cindy describes her work as a teacher researcher in a large urban school system. In the book, she shows how teachers can focus on children's strengths by using teacher research to understand their thinking, particularly the thinking of children who tend to be less successful academically.