The PLATO Team

Pam Grossman

Pam Grossman
pamg@stanford.edu
650.723.0791
Faculty Sponsor, Principal Investigator

Pam Grossman is the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education at the Stanford University School of Education. She has published broadly in the areas of teacher education and professional education more broadly, teacher knowledge, and the teaching of English in secondary schools. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.

 

Susanna Loeb

Lindsay Brown
linbrown@stanford.edu
Graduate Student Research Associate

Lindsay Brown is a graduate student in the School of Education, and has been working on the PLATO project since February of 2009. She participated in the first external instrument training and later worked as Project Manager during the Measures of Effective Teaching study. Her research interests include issues in teacher quality and improvement.

 

Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen
juco@stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Julie Cohen is a post-doctoral fellow on the PLATO team, and has been working on the PLATO project since its inception in 2007. She has worked on creating, piloting, and revising the PLATO instrument, as well as exploring the relationship between PLATO scores and other measures of teaching quality. Her research interests include elementary teachers’ classroom practices across subject areas and teacher education.

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Taralynn Kantor
tlkantor@stanford.edu
Project Manager

Taralynn Kantor is a Clinical Associate at CSET and Project Manager for the Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observation (PLATO) at Stanford University. Taralynn’s work currently focuses on classroom observations using PLATO in San Francisco Unified School District middle schools to provide a powerful professional development tool for teachers as they identify specific elements of their practice for targeted improvement. Her background includes seven years teaching and coaching in Oakland Unified School District, and three years in various research projects, including Program Coordination for Harvard’s School of Education. Her passions include the topics of cultural consciousness, second language acquisition and urban education.

 

Lindsay Brown

Mike Metz
mikemetz@stanford.edu
Graduate Student Research Associate

A former middle school and high-school English teacher, Mike brings his 15 years of classroom experience to his role as a teacher educator and researcher. Mike has worked with the PLATO project since coming to the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2010. Mike's interest in the PLATO project centers on bringing core teaching practices to teachers. In addition to working on PLATO, Mike works as an instructor and supervisor in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) helping to prepare secondary English teachers for productive careers in diverse classrooms. His own research examines how linguistically informed approaches to grammar and language instruction can increase the engagement and achievement of students who speak historically stigmatized varieties of English.

 

Rita Simpson-Vlach

Erika Moore Johnson
emjohnson@stanford.edu
Graduate Student Research Associate

Erika is a graduate student at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education who has been working on the PLATO team since 2012. Her research interests include English Language Arts instruction, English Learners, and teacher education.

 

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Jamie O'Keeffe
jamie.okeeffe@stanford.edu
Graduate Student Research Associate

Jamie is a graduate student at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education who has been working on the PLATO team since 2011. Her research interests include professional communication and teacher education.

 

Rita Simpson-Vlach

Lorien Chambers Schuldt
lorienc@stanford.edu
Graduate Student Research Associate

Lorien Chambers Schuldt is a graduate student in the Curriculum and Teacher Education program in the School of Education. She has been working on the PLATO project since 2010. Her research interests include effective practices in English Language Arts instruction, with a focus on English Learners and classroom discourse.


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