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309 Memorial Hall<div class="ExternalClassB1CDF8B2D6374B5B8363A38717D4FEA5"><p>Deborah Bieler teaches primarily in the English Education program at the University of Delaware. She is a former high school English teacher and writing center director whose scholarship, teaching, and activism focus on the preparation and retention of equity-oriented secondary English teachers. She is the author of <em>The Power of Teacher Talk: Promoting Equity and Retention Through Student Interactions </em>(Teachers College Press, 2018)<em>. </em>Her work has also appeared in journals such as <em>English Education, English Journal, Teachers College Record, Teacher Education Quarterly, </em>and <em>The New Educator</em> as well as in co-authored chapters in <em>Innovations in Pre-Service English Language Arts Teacher Education </em>and <em>Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers. </em>She has received the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award, the University of Delaware Trabant Award for Women's Equity, and the Conference on English Education Research Initiative Award.</p></div>deb@udel.eduBieler, Deborah<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/deb_bieler.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />English Education Coordinator Education;Public Humanities;Race and Ethnicity StudiesB.A. English Education, University of Delaware; M.A. English, University of Delaware; Ph.D. Education, University of Pennsylvania



The Power of Teacher TalkBieler, DeborahTeachers College Press 2019<p>​<em>The Power of Teacher Talk</em> investigates the connections between two persistent educational challenges: high numbers of students who drop out and of teachers who leave the profession. Based on a study of thousands of daily interactions between new justice-oriented English teachers and their students, this book proposes that teachers who show a commitment to equity in their communications can positively affect student retention and are more likely to remain in the profession. Blending vivid descriptions of classroom life with equity and language research, the author urges teachers to be aware of and intentional about the power of their interactions with students―in everything from their classroom décor and informal hallway chats to their responses to challenging moments during class and in after-class discussions. This must-read book shifts the narrative on what kinds of teaching practices matter and how teachers can and do work toward equity.</p>deb



Milestone for UD’s English Education program<p><strong>Deb Bieler</strong>, in collaboration with Students enrolled in Intro to English Education, Spring 2012.</p><p>The 2011-2012 school year marks a significant milestone for UD’s English Education program, as a new program of study has begun with the entering Class of 2015. The revised major includes an introductory English Education course, a literacy and technology course, an adolescent literature course, and expanded early fieldwork experiences. The inaugural course in the new major, offered for the first time this spring, is Introduction to English Education (ENGL295). This semester, ENGL295 students are engaging in a service learning project at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, DE. This partnership is exciting for many reasons. First, because many Howard English faculty are recent alumni of UD’s English Education program, this partnership represents a new way for the program to connect with our alumni. Second, because Howard is a Partnership Zone school, we have an opportunity to actively support local teachers and students in a particularly high-stakes environment. Finally, at Howard, UD English Education majors are observing and participating in cutting-edge reform strategies, such as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). This spring, Howard commissioned ENGL295 students to work as a PLC to design a new SAT preparation course for its sophomores.<br></p>Bieler, Deborahdeb<img alt="Students in classroom" src="/ResearchProject/RESEARCH_Bieler_XEE_EnglishEd-HowardHigh_050.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />



College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award<p><strong>Deborah Biel</strong><strong>er,</strong> associate professor of English who oversees the English education major, was presented the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for classes that were described as promoting stimulating discussions and growth in a very positive environment, while maintaining academic rigor and high standards. Beyond campus, she initiated a service learning project in which her students help prepare students at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington for the essay portion of the SAT exam.</p>Bieler, Deborahdeb
AERA Division K, Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award<p>​<strong>Deborah Bieler</strong>, professor of English, has been honored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K with its Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award, recognizing her book <em>The Power of Teacher Talk: Promoting Equity and Retention Through Student Interactions</em>. In announcing the award, AERA cited Bieier’s work for its innovative research design, important insights into the work of equity-oriented teachers and critical implications for teacher education. The award, for a journal article or book published between January 2018 and July 2019, gives special consideration to work that advances equity, generates insights that hold promise for ensuring the preparation of teachers who are equipped to serve all students, and reflects the highest standards of methodological rigor. </p>Bieler, Deborahdeb

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