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Peggy Placier Interviews Mary Davidson Cohen  -  March 23, 2006, 4:45 PM CST No Child Left Behind - Online Forum Webcast

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[Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen]

Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen
Region VII Regional Representative
U.S. Department of Education

Mary Elizabeth Davidson Cohen is the secretary's regional representative (SRR) for Region VII. With headquarters in Kansas City, Region VII includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The U.S. Department of Education maintains 10 regional offices throughout the country to represent department programs and interests.

As the secretary's regional representative, Dr. Cohen will serve as the department's liaison to state and local education agencies, public and private schools, colleges and universities and elected representatives of local and state government organizations. In addition, Dr. Cohen will help disseminate information about department programs and initiatives to key constituency groups including parents, members of the business community, and civic leaders.

Dr. Cohen joins the department after serving as vice president for adult and continuing education and dean of the graduate school at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1997 to 1999. She served as assistant director of the William T. Kemper Foundation from 1993 to 1997. She was assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Kansas Regents Center from 1976 to 1992.

Dr. Cohen began her education career as a teacher in 1958 teaching fifth, sixth, and seventh grades in the Kansas City, Missouri, School District where she taught at the Edwin C. Meservey School and the William Rockhill Nelson Demonstration School. She also taught science for K-7 grades for the Kansas City School District's educational television station KCSD - Channel 19.

Dr. Cohen received a doctorate in education administration from the University of Kansas in 1977. She received her master of arts in science education for elementary teachers from Columbia University in 1962 and was awarded a bachelor of science in education at the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1958.


[Dr. Peggy Placier]

Dr. Peggy Placier
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, College of Education, University of Missouri-Columbia

Peggy Placier is an associate professor in Education Policy Studies program of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her areas of teaching include social foundations of teacher education, sociology of education, history of education policy, women in education, and research methods. In her courses she emphasizes a critical analysis of schooling in the social contexts of political structures, cultural communities, and ethical perspectives.

Placier conducts qualitative research on the topics of teacher education practice and policy, state and district policy formation, and the language or rhetoric of policymaking, using sociolinguistic and ethnographic approaches. Currently she is at work on articles and a book resulting from a longitudinal study of teacher education reform funded by NSF, as well as a chapter with Peter M. Hall on leadership in the Coalition of Essential Schools. Her articles have been published in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Policy, Curriculum Inquiry, Qualitative Studies in Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly, and she has also published a number of book chapters.

She holds a B.A. (English, Secondary Education) from Ohio University, an M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of Arizona. Placier also serves as a member of the MU Faculty Council and is a member of AERA, AESA, and the American Anthropoligical Association.


NCLB-OLF host, Peggy Placier, interviewed Mary Davidson Cohen, U.S. Department of Education representative for Region VII. They discussed common misconceptions about No Child Left Behind.

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