Mary Margaret Kerr
University of Pittsburgh
5911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Faculty - Department Chairperson
Recent and Upcoming Courses
Council of Graduate Students in Education (CGSE) Extra Mile Award
For service on behalf of graduate students in the School of Education.
Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh Susan Loutsion Volunteerism Award
Awarded to a volunteer who has made a longstanding contribution to the organization.
Levine Brown, E. & Kerr, M.M. (2013). The Emotional Labor of Teaching. American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Meeting. San Francisco, CA
Research has substantiated that teaching is an emotional practice. Recent studies have suggested that one framework for delineating the emotional practice of teaching is teachers’ emotional labor (EL). Our prior work confirmed that 468 K-12 teachers did engage in EL. Extending this line of inquiry, the current study examines teacher’s perceptions of classroom management in the context of performing EL.
Kerr, M.M. (2013) Keynote Address: "At least do no harm: School safety practices to avoid" Services for Teens at Risk Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
In the wake of recent school violence, communities press for tighter security in K-12 schools. As a result, schools may hurriedly adopt practices not only inappropriate but harmful. Using the latest research to date on school safety, this presentation outlines practices to avoid and offers alternatives to improve school safety.
Kerr, M.M. & McMullen, M.A. (2013) “9/11 and the Next Generation:Helping Children Impacted by Grief and Violence” Keynote address. PA Family Support Alliance, in partnership with Family Services of Western PA, Allegheny County DHS Safe Start Program, and the Allegheny IU. Pittsburgh, PA
Kerr, M.M. (Discussant) (2013). Ecological Perspective on Classroom Management: Policy, Culture, Relationship and Disposition. American Educational Research Association National Meeting. San Francisco, CA
This symposium advances an ecological perspective on classroom management. By examining proximal processes as well as distal influences on these processes, the research presented in this session focuses on positive youth development in school-based settings. Adolescents and adults are understood to be co-constructing student and teacher development through shared experience and activity. Collectively, these empirical studies attend to teacher disposition, teacher evaluation systems, school and classroom culture, and the role of friends and peers in adolescents’ lives as unique but interrelated aspects of classroom management practice.
Kerr, M.M. (2012) Recommendations for School Districts: Youth Suicide Prevention. Colorado State School Safety Resource Center
Nov 27, 2012
This session helps decision-makers choose safe and effective approaches to youth suicide prevention, while avoiding strategies that may be harmful. Participants will receive a detailed report of recommendations for use in their agencies, communities, or schools. A former co-director of a state-wide suicide prevention, treatment, and training center, the presenter has worked extensively with urban, suburban, and rural schools in assessing students risk for suicide, planning appropriate referrals, organizing school and community supports, and responding to suicide deaths.
2012 - 2013
We are conducting research on the experiences of children who visit and correspond with the Flight 93 memorial site. The goal of our work is to support the National Park Services in its development of programming for young visitors. Research began in the Spring on 2012 and continues.
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