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John Walcott

Assistant Professor
(616) 526-6032
319 Spoelhof Center

Weekly Schedule
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D, Michigan State University, 2012

Research Interests

  • Urban Education
  • Social Context of Education
  • Social Justice and Equity in Education

Publications, Presentations, and Professional Services

  • Walcott, J. R. (2014). Review of the book, Becoming teachers of inner-city students: Life histories and teacher stories of committed White teachers, by J.C. Jupp. Teachers College Record, Date published: November 6, 2014. Peer reviewed.
  • "Accountability 'and/vs' Equity in Urban Education: Where Do We Go From Here?" American Educational Studies Association. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 10/31/2014
  • Led Workshop: How to FOCUS our writing objectives as a school Summer Institute - Improving Teacher Quality. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 08/19/2014
  • Organized/Chaired conference: Summer Seminar Series Summer Seminar - Improving Teacher Quality. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 07/24/2014
  • "Scenario Planning," Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders. LINC Community building, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 02/14/2014
  • "Urban-Focused Teacher Preparation at Liberal Arts Colleges," Association for Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education Annual Meeting and Conference. Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana. 03/01/2014
  • "What Do We Mean by Accountability in Urban-Focused Teacher Preparation," American Education Research Association Annual Meeting. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 04/03/2014
  • "Engaged in Learning," South Christian High School In-service. South Christian High School, Cutlerville, Michigan. 08/22/2013
  • AILACTE Scholar Award, Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)
  • Improving Teacher Quality Competitive Grant, Michigan Department of Education
  • Reviewer for ICCTE Journal
  • Reviewer for the High School Journal
  • Walcott. J. R., Gutierrez, L., Gibbs, T., & Jacobsen, R. (2012). “Preparing urban teachers: What sticks.” Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association, April, 2012.

  • Walcott, J. R. (2011). Content standards: Dewey's message to today's educators. Insights, 42(2), 4-6.

  • Walcott, J. R. (2011). “Urban-Focused Teacher Preparation.” Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, April, 2011.

  • Walcott, J. R. (2011). “School, Family, and Community.”  Workshop presented at the Michigan Association of Bilingual Education annual conference, May 2011.

  • Walcott, J. R. (2009). “Non-Cognitive Traits in Successful Urban High Schools.”  Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, April, 2009.