Dr. Courtney Bauer joined the clinical faculty for Urban Teachers in Dallas-Fort Worth after a distinguished career with the Dallas Independent School District. She serves as clinical faculty in elementary literacy with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, teaching and mentoring novice teachers. She provides real-time coaching to teachers, encouraging them to set high expectations and consistent consequences for students.
She served in the Dallas Independent School District for more than 15 years, teaching elementary science, social studies and English/language arts before becoming an instructional coach and academic facilitator. She earned a Doctorate in reading education from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Education from DePaul University in Chicago. She was drawn to Urban Teachers because she passionately believes that highly effective teachers are key to developing equity for all children.
University of North Texas, Denton, TX, PhD. in Reading Education, 2011
DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., Masters in Education, 1997
University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1989
• Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education– Urban Teachers, Dallas-Fort Worth, 2015-present
• Adjunct professor, University of North Texas at Dallas, 2009-2011
Other professional positions
• Academic Facilitator, ACE Feeder Pattern, Dallas Independent School District, 2015-16
• Campus-based instructional coach, Hexter Elementary, Dallas Independent School District, 2013-15
• Fourth grade reading and language arts teacher, Hexter Elementary, Dallas Independent School District, 2009-13
• Third grade science and social studies teacher, Hexter Elementary, Dallas Independent School District, 2008-09
• Master reading teacher, Hexter Elementary, Dallas Independent School District, 2006-08
• Third grade reading and language arts teacher, Hexter Elementary, Dallas Independent School District, 1999-2006
• Elementary/ middle school teacher, Piccolo Elementary, Chicago Public Schools, 1995-99
• Target School Library Makeover, 2014
• Hexter Elementary teacher of the year, 2013
• University of North Texas College of Education, Dissertation of the year, 2012
• University of North Texas College of Education, Outstanding Doctoral Student in Reading Education, 2012
– Courses faculty member is teaching right now.
Research, Publications, Presentations
• Bauer, C., (2017). A Focused Study on the Holocaust: Past and Present Issues. In Leland, C., Lewison, M., and Harste, J., Teaching Children’s Literature: It’s Critical! (2nd Edition., pp. 167-169). New York, NY: Routledge.
• Bauer, C., Empowering Writers through Filmmaking. Texas Council of Teachers of English Association. Session given in Houston, Texas, January 2015.
• Bauer, C., Critical Literacy Practices and the Student Who Struggles with Reading in School. American Educational Research Association Session given in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.
• Bauer, C., Navigating Critical Conversations Requires Feedback. The Reading Teacher, Mar. 2014 “View from the Chalkboard,” p. 454.
• Bauer, C., Critical Literacy, Power and the Struggling Reader. American Educational Research Association. Session given in Vancouver, Canada, April 2012.
• Bauer, C. (2011). Transformative practice: Multicultural texts, critical literacy and student choice. University of Arizona’s Worlds of Words, Vol. III (2) n.pag.
• Bauer, C., Shearer, R., & Wickstrom, C., Cultivating Transformative Literacy Experiences through Global Literature and their Cultural Identities. International Reading Association Conference in Orlando, Fla., May 2011.
Peace Corps Namibia, English as a Second Language teacher, 1992-94