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Peggy Placier Interviews Laurie Spate-Smith  -  April 20, 2006, 4:45 PM CST No Child Left Behind - Online Forum Webcast

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[Ms. Laurie Spate-Smith]

Ms. Laurie Spate-Smith
English Teacher
Jefferson Junior High School, Columbia, Missouri

Laurie Spate-Smith has a BA and teaching certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned an MED from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has taught Freshman English at Jefferson Junior High School in Columbia, Missouri for 15 years. Laurie is committed to closing achievement gaps. She sponsors two clubs: J-MAC Scholars (a group of African-American students making plans for college) and TGIF (a diverse group of students who want to remain active after the school day is over). In addition she is the chairperson of the Multicultural Committee at her school. Laurie is currently finishing the first year of her two-year term as president of CMNEA (Columbia-Missouri National Teachers Association).


[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 Laurie Spate-Smith, an English teacher from Jefferson Junior High School, Columbia, Missouri.

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