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Jeff Henning-Smith

Teaching Specialist, Elementary Education and Social Studies Education

PhD Candidate, 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 Teaching Specialist in the Elementary Education and Social Studies program areas.  Jeff is a fourth year PhD student in 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

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.