Sometimes it takes things really falling apart before you are ready to grow. Humans are like that it seems; our most righteous, inflexible parts only soften and gain pliability when our backs are undeniably against a wall with no clear exit path in sight. I teach and write about the developmental capacity of humans on a variety of platforms and in a variety of spaces. Here, in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, I teach everything I have learned through both the hard knocks of life and findings from research on marriage, parenting, healing, restoration, and walking one's why. I am passionate about content creation focused on authenticity, skill development and inspiration to make amazing things happen.
Let's learn together.
And yes, in case you are wondering, I do have some credentials worth noting here. I am generally considered an expert in the qualitative methods of studying human meaning-making. My research has focused on how teachers naturally communicate psychological messages during their instructional practice, and how interpersonal connections form social and relational contexts for motivation. My research has been published in a variety of education research journals including the the Journal of Educational Psychology, American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Urban Education. I trained at the University of Virginia, Harvard University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Innovating Motivation Research
May 2014 - Apr 2016
African American Students’ Opportunities to Learn
May 2014 - Apr 2015
Measures of Effective Teaching Early Career Grant
Mar 1, 2013 - Mar 1, 2014
Jensen, B., Wallace, T. L., Steinberg, M. P., Gabriel, R. E., Dietiker, L., Davis, D. S., ...Rui, N. (2019). Complexity and scale in teaching effectiveness research: Reflections from the MET Study
. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27(7). doi: 10.14507/epaa.27.3923