Kenneth R. Howey

Kenneth R. Howey

Kenneth R. Howey is currently a Research Professor at the State University of New York at Albany and a Senior Fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. He was most recently a Research Professor in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. He was previously on the faculties of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, the University of Minnesota, and The Ohio State University. He is a former teacher, principal, and laboratory school director.

Dr. Howey has for over four decades been engaged in research and development efforts concerned with improving the preparation of teachers and especially teachers for urban contexts. He has also devoted considerable time over his career to reform efforts in elementary and secondary schools and to leadership development. As a result of these efforts his work has been published in many scholarly journals. He is the author or editor of several books concerned with the education of teachers and educational reform in both the P-12 and postsecondary sectors, and he has presented papers in a wide variety of forums nationally and internationally.

He has served as an advisor to numerous institutions and agencies concerned with teacher education and educational reform. He has consulted with dozens of universities, schools and school districts across the United States. Internationally, he has worked with educational agencies in Canada, England, Israel, Eastern Europe, and Australia.

Dr. Howey served as the principal investigator for the federal government's Contextual Teaching and Learning project and as a senior scholar in the National Partnership for Education and Accountability in Teaching. He was the team leader for the longest running study of teacher education in the United States, the eight-year Research About Teacher Education [RATE] study. For 10 years he served as director of the Urban Network to Improve Teacher Education [UNITE], a consortium of over 30 P-12 schools and colleges of education working in partnership with major school districts to improve the recruitment and preparation of teachers for urban contexts. He is currently working with presidents of urban universities to examine how resources within these universities might be better mobilized to assist with reforms in urban elementary and secondary schools.

Dr. Howey has received the Association of Teacher Educators Award for excellence in research into teacher education. In 1999, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education [AACTE] awarded him their highest honor for outstanding contributions to teacher education over a career and in 2008 he was similarly honored by the Association of Teacher Educators.

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