With Danielle Witten
Deepen your understanding of the concepts, principles, and skills employed to create significant learning experiences in higher education classrooms. The primary focus of the course is on understanding and applying a learning-centered approach to college teaching.
Jan. 18-March 11, 2022
$660 • EDUC x509, 3 units
Danielle Witten grew up in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. A first generation college student, she received her B.A. from UC Davis in 2002. Before becoming a high school English teacher, she worked in public radio and supported teenagers from rural Central Valley counties in participatory action. Danielle has nearly two decades of teaching experience at the secondary and university levels. She began her teaching career in Sacramento before joining Arcata High School in Northern California where she taught English, English Language Development, journalism and advised the school’s student-run newspaper. She completed her master’s studies at Teachers College, Columbia University focusing on critical consciousness and literacy in adolescent learners. Danielle currently works as an instructional coach helping teachers in local high schools improve their classroom practices and curriculum -- focusing on creating more equity-centered, trauma-informed, and accessible learning experiences. Concurrently, Danielle teaches Content Area Literacy, English Methods, and supervises pre-service teachers at Humboldt State University. She was the 2015 recipient of Carlston Award for Outstanding Teachers of America which identifies, honors, supports and gives voice to outstanding California high school teachers whose dedication and pedagogical excellence contribute to the academic and social-emotional success of their students. Most recently, she received the 2020 CJMA Nick Ferentinos Award for Advising Excellence. Her pedagogy is guided by the fundamental belief that education is a fundamental right and that even in a failing educational system, individual teachers have the capacity to positively impact students' learning and lives.