Jody Cohen holds a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in Writing from Brown University. A Term Professor at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Jody’s focal areas are urban education, education and difference/diversity, and, more recently, education in relation to environmental issues and disabilities studies. She teaches such courses as Schools in American Cities, Multicultural Education, and English Learners in U.S. Schools, and she also teaches freshwomen in the Emily Balch Seminar Program, where her courses focus on urban life, ecology, and diversity. Jody is on the Steering Committee of both the Praxis Program, which promotes community-based learning at the College, and the 360° Program, which supports the development of transdisciplinary teaching and learning clusters focused on common questions. Jody has served as Mentor for two Posses (http://www.possefoundation.org/) at Bryn Mawr. Currently, she co-facilitates a reading and writing course for women in prison.
A qualitative researcher who does action and participatory action research, Jody co-founded the Philadelphia-based action organization, Research for Action, where she worked with students, parents, and educators to gather and analyze data with the goal of designing and implementing school change. Her current research focuses on collective organizing and coalition-building in Philadelphia, and on how innovative pedagogies in and out of classroom settings can expand the ways human beings learn, teach, and live. Jody is part of the Education Policy Working Group and works with the Philadelphia branch of URBAN, a national group designed to address issues in cities.
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