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Jeff Henning-Smith

Lecturer, Elementary Education and Social Studies Education

PhD, Elementary Education, University of Minnesota
MA, Elementary Education, University of Michigan
BA, History and Government, Claremont McKenna College

Curriculum and Instruction .
Room 270C PeikH

159 Pillsbury Dr SE

Office hours:
by appointment

Areas of Interest

elementary education, social studies education, literacy education, teacher education and training, teacher identity, mentoring and teacher support, critical classroom discourse studies, inquiry-based pedagogy, equity and social justice oriented classrooms, community engagement with schools and educational philosophies

Jeff Henning-Smith is a Lecturer in the Elementary Education and Social Studies program areas.  Jeff is entering his fifth year teaching in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction-Elementary Education and previously taught elementary and middle grades for thirteen years. Jeff has led professional development for teachers, mentored pre and in-service teachers, and developed and facilitated training for mentor teachers working with beginning teachers. He has been responsible for coordinating school-wide academic intervention programs and assessment programs and has experience in PK-8 classrooms, PK-8 administration, pre and in-service teacher mentoring, educational leadership roles, and in collaborating in the coordination of a clinical field experience program for beginning teachers. 


Courses Taught:

CI 1001 - Introduction to the Elementary School

CI 5211, 5212, 5214, 5215 - Elementary Education Content and Pedagogy I, II, III, and IV (Social Studies)

CI 5702 - Social Studies Instruction: Elementary Grades

CI 5287 - Capstone Project: Improvement of Teaching in Elementary and Pre-Kindergarten Schools

CI 5980 - Clinical Experiences for K-12 Teaching

CI 5611 - Principles of Linguistics


CI 5286 - Student Teaching Seminar

Selected Publications

  1. Gradually Increasing Individuality: Suggestions for Improving Alternative Teacher Education Programs (2018). Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 13(1), 15-25.