Diane Wood Chair of Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development/Resident Scholar
Chair of Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development/Resident Scholar
After 20 years as a secondary English teacher and then high school principal, Diane Wood earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. Diane’s most recent work focuses on teacher-led communities of inquiry as vehicles for improving student learning and professionalizing teaching, and on implications of the Capability Approach, as theorized by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, for educational goals and practices. Her scholarship and teaching have been rooted in democratic ideals and practices and an abiding commitment to create inclusive, hospitable, and equitable learning environments for students. She is also particularly passionate about the development of professional cultures in schools that foster teacher dialogue, agency, inquiry, and knowledge, as well as the adoption of a critical multicultural perspective on teaching and learning. Having taught 7th through 12th graders, and both undergraduate and graduate students in universities, she understands the importance of bridging the too-frequent divides between practice and theory, good intentions and effective action, and standards and equity.
Her books include Teachers Learning in Community: Realities and Possibilities (SUNY Press, 2010, co-edited with Betty Lou Whitford), Transforming Teacher Education (Bergin & Garvey, 2001, co-edited with Hugh Sockett, Pam LePage, and Elizabeth DeMulder), and Inside the National Writing Project (Teachers College Press, 2002), which she co-authored with Ann Lieberman. She has published articles in a variety of journals, including Anthropology and Education, Educational Leadership, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Narrative Inquiry, and Teachers College Record.
Presently, Diane teaches practicing teachers in the Instructional Leadership and Professional Development Department in the College of Education at Towson University. She has given numerous presentations at conferences and educational institutions. In 2000, she was awarded a joint residency at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.