is dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and director of a new organization, TeachingWorks, also at the University of Michigan, which is leading an effort to rebuild the system for preparing teachers for our nation’s schools. She runs the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Education, a professional development resource as well as a “classroom” for students. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, PhD, is an experienced elementary classroom teacher and a researcher who studies mathematics education, with a focus on improving teaching quality and student learning. She also works on teacher professional development.
Deborah has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education. Deborah was nominated by President Barack Obama, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences. In 2007, she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education.