100 Years of Research, Innovation and Discourse in Education, Teacher Education and Music Education
December 10-11, 2012, Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel


In Alphabetical Order

Professor Liora Bresler. Liora Bresler is a Professor at the College of Education, College of Fine and Applied Arts (School of Art and Design and School of Music), and Fellow at the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds BA's in Piano Performance and Philosophy, and an MA in Musicology, from Tel-Aviv University; and an M.A and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.

Bresler is a Distinguished Fellow in NAEA (2010). Recent honors include the Edwin Ziegfeld Award for distinguished international leadership in art education by the United States Society for Education Through Art (2007), and the Lin Wright Special Recognition Award to Theater Education by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2007). For teaching, she has won the Distinguished Teaching Life-Long Career Award at the College of Education (2004), and the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Training at the University of Illinois (2005).

Bresler serves as an editor for the book series: Landscapes: Aesthetics, Arts and Education, for Springer. She was the co-founder (with Tom Barone, 1999-) of the International Journal for Arts and Education. Bresler has written over 100 book chapters and papers in leading journals of arts and education including the Educational Researcher, Studies in Art Education, and Music Education Research.

Areas of Expertise - curriculum in arts education, and qualitative research methodology including arts-based inquiry. Recent research interests include Performing Arts Centers as Experiential Learning; and Educational Entrepreneurship in Academe and schooling.

Recent publications include the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (2007, Springer), Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning (2004, Kluwer), The arts in children's lives: Context, culture, and curriculum (Bresler and Thompson, 2002, Kluwer) and International Research in Education (Bresler and Ardichvili, 2002 by Peter Lang). Her work has been translated to German, French, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Spanish.


Professor Maria Estela Brisk. Professor, Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum & Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College in Massachusetts.

She currently heads the Genres in Writing Project working with schools with large percentages of bilingual learners in carrying out research and implementation of teaching writing informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics. She headed BC’s Title III-Project ALL program and its efforts to equip all pre- and in-service teachers with the knowledge and practical experience they need to serve the increasing number of ELLs in schools across the country. Dr. Brisk has published five books and many articles and book chapters on the subject of teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students. She has served as a consultant in legal matters pertaining to bilingual education, and has worked closely with regional and local systems in developing their bilingual programs as well as mainstream programs that serve bilingual learners.

Areas of Expertise- Bilingualism, bilingual education, literacy acquisition and development, methods of teaching literacy, writing development and instruction.


Professor Christopher Clark. Chris Clark has been an active member of the American Educational Research Association since 1973 and was a founding member of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). He served as Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal and of Teaching and Teacher Education, and Executive Editor of Teachers and Teaching. His awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship; Spencer Fellowship; Visiting Professorships at Teachers College, Columbia, at the University of Alberta and at the University of Haifa; and AERA awards for original research and for relating research to the practice of teaching. Dr. Clark was Director of the School of Education at the University of Delaware 2000-2006, and President of Bryn Athyn College 2009-2010. Currently, Dr. Clark is Research Professor at the Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.


Professor Arthur Levine. A leading advocate of higher education and school equity reform, Dr. Arthur Levine has been president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation since 2006. Previously president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, he has also been chair of the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, president of Bradford College, and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education. Dr. Levine, who holds a doctoral degree from the University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to educational excellence and access throughout his distinguished career. He has garnered significant national recognition for his efforts to bridge the educational achievement gap between Americans of different races and financial means, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year award, and numerous honorary degrees. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he sits on the boards of DePaul University and Say Yes to Education.
Dr. Levine is a distinguished education scholar who has authored scores of articles and reviews, including a noted series of reports on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. His work has appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; Education Week; Inside Higher Education; and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The most recent of his 12 books is Generation On A Tightrope, A Portrait of Today’s College Student.”


Professor Donaldo Macedo. A full professor of English and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Areas of Expertise - Sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and linguistics and contrastive analysis.

He has published extensively in the areas of linguistics, critical literacy, and bilingual and multicultural education. His publications include: Literacy: Reading the Word and the World (with Paulo Freire, 1987), Literacies of Power: What Americans Are Not Allowed to Know (1994), Dancing With Bigotry (with Lilia Bartolome, 1999), Critical Education in the New Information Age (with Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and Paul Willis, 1999), Chomsky on Miseducation (with Noam Chomsky, 2000), A Democracia Imposta: Dialogos com Noam Chomsky e Paulo Freire (2011) and Ideology Matters (co-authored with Paulo Freire, forthcoming).


Professor Frances Rust. Frances Rust is a Visiting Professor and Interim Director of Teacher Education Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Eduation. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she served as a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois-Chicago. From 2007-2009 , she was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Rochelle Zell Dean’s Chair at Erikson Institute. She is Professor Emeritus at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education where she was a professor of education between 1991 and 2007. Rust has been in early childhood education since 1966. She founded two early childhood schools based on the Montessori Method and the British Infant School movement. Since 1985, she has directed undergraduate and graduate-level teacher education programs at Teachers College of Columbia University, Manhattanville College, Hofstra University, and NYU. She has published widely on topics related to teacher preparation and teacher quality. As well, she has written on teacher-driven action research and school improvement. Active in numerous professional organizations, she serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Teachers and Teaching - Theory and Practice. Frances Rust’s most recent publications include the August 2009 special issue of the Teachers College Record focused on teacher action research, the Summer 2009 issue of Teachers and Teaching - Theory and Practice on supporting elementary education, and a chapter on Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Programs in Thomas Good (ed.) 21st Century Education - A Reference Handbook.


Professor Heidi Westerlund. Heidi Westerlund is educated as a music teacher and she currently works as professor at the Sibelius Academy, Finland, where she is responsible for the music education doctoral program. Her research concentrates on philosophical and theoretical research. Lately she has dealt with issues related to higher music education, collaborative learning, multiculturalism, and democracy in music education. She has published widely in international and national journals and other publications. She has served as review reader in several international journals and conferences, and she is the editor of the Finnish Journal of Music Education.