Episode 179: Building 21st Century School Communities with Catherine Kramer, Amanda Lester, and Kristen Wilcox

In episode 179, Dan and Michael chat with Catherine Kramer, Amanda Lester, and Kristen Wilcox about their publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “College, career, and civic readiness: Building school communities that prepare youth to thrive as 21st century citizens.”

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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Kramer, C. S., Lester, A. J., & Wilcox, K. C. (2021). College, career, and civic readiness: Building school communities that prepare youth to thrive as 21st century citizens. Theory & Research in Social Education, 49(4), 602-629.
  2. Leo, A., Wilcox, K. C., Kramer, C., Lawson, H. A., & Min, M. (2020). Teacher and student reciprocal agency in odds-beating schools. Teachers College Record, 122(12), 1-34.
  3. Kramer, C. S., Wilcox, K. C., & Lawson, H. A. (2020). Positive youth development as an improvement resource in odds-beating secondary schools. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 64(4), 301-315.
  4. https://ny-kids.org/
  5. Westheimer, J., & Kahne, J. (2004). What kind of citizen? The politics of educating for democracy. American Educational Research Journal, 41(2), 237-269.

Biography

Catherine Kramer is a PhD Candidate at the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY. She currently works as a child and youth mental health clinician in community and school-based settings with a specialization in trauma. Additionally, she had training and experience in public policy and political science. Her current research interests focus on institutional and service system designs that promote equitable positive youth development.

Amanda Lester is a PhD student at the School of Education at the University at Albany, SUNY. She currently works in education policy, focused on supporting PK-12 school innovation and improvement through the application of comprehensive systems of support. Amanda holds NYS permanent certifications in Elementary Education PK-6 and Music Education K-12 and is also trained in special education, educational leadership, as well as public affairs and policy. She has held various education policy positions focused on community and grassroots engagement, educator preparation, educator professional learning, and advancing education and children and families legislation. Her current research interests focus on the use of collaborative and socially-situated professional learning to advance educator professional learning and student success outcomes.

Kristen Campbell Wilcox, PhD is Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at University of Albany, SUNY and Director of NYKids. Dr Wilcox conducts research in service of educational change and reform, and school effectiveness and improvement. Her research interests also include second language writing and literacies.

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