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Peggy Placier Interviews Juanita Cleaver Simmons  -  April 13, 2006, 4:45 PM CST No Child Left Behind - Online Forum Webcast

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[Dr. Juanita Simmons]

Dr. Juanita Simmons
Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education

Dr. Juanita Cleaver Simmons is one of seventeen public school administrators selected to participate in the nationally renowned Cooperative Superintendency Program of the University of Texas at Austin. She completed this program with a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis in urban superintendency and educational policy and analysis. Her secondary emphasis is social work and community affairs. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Midwestern University, where she majored in English and Speech, and minored in Special Education. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Dallas receiving advanced graduate studies in Humanities, and North Texas University for Educational Administration. She earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Simmons served over 25 years in public school instruction and leadership, including the Dallas Independent School District, the Texas Education Agency, and the Austin Independent School District. Her curriculum writing experiences include presentations for the U.S. Department of Justice Civitas project in Ireland, and cultural exchange projects with several countries in West Africa. She serves as a grants reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC. Her dissertation was titled, How African American Parents Select and Evaluate Charter School Services for their Fourth and Fifth-Grade Sons. She continues to do research on this topic and on implementation of multicultural curricula in schools and teacher education.


[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 Juanita Cleaver Simmons, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education.

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