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Cynthia Zwicky

Elementary Education, Teacher Education Program
Ph.D. Education Policy: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.Ed. Montessori Education: St. Catherine's University, St. Paul
B.S. Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. Women's Studies, Math: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Office hours:
Office Hours by appointment

Curriculum and Instruction
Room 374A Peik Hall
159 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 626-2741

Areas of Interest

Restorative Justice; Equity; Teacher Education; Culturally Relevant Pedagogy; Social Justice in Education;


Cynthia Zwicky has been an educator for more than 25 years. In this time she has worked as a classroom teacher, a mentor to new teachers and as a coordinator for various programs and initiatives, primarily with Minneapolis Public Schools. She has also taught undergraduates seeking a degree in elementary education where the emphasis was on teaching in urban schools.


In addition to her teaching experience, Cynthia is a nationally recognized and locally respected authority on Restorative Justice Circles.


She received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Women's Studies and Math; and Elementary Education) and her Master's of Education from St. Catherine's University. Her focus was on Montessori Education and her thesis examined the effects of anti-bias curriculum on peer interactions. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota where her primary focus was on school culture. 


Courses Taught

CI 3211 - Introduction to Elementary Teaching

CI 3212 - Practicum: Elementary Teaching

CI 3283 - Practicum: Special Education K-6

CI 5286 - Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary Education

CI 5283 - Practicum: Applying Instructional Methods in the Elementary Classroom


Selected Presentations

  1. Cynthia Zwicky: Restorative Justice Circles: Equity and Inclusion in Action. Voices Heard: Transforming Education Equity, August, 2017.

    Cynthia Zwicky: On the Spot Responses through an Equity Lens. National Association for Community and Restorative Justice, June, 2017.

    Cynthia Zwicky: Fostering Equity and Inclusion through Restorative Justice, CRAG (College Readiness and Achievement Gaps), April, 2017.


    University of Minnesota News - “U of M Experts: Why all students benefit from special education” Nov 25, 2019