Mark Kohan

Assistant Clinical Professor


Titles:

Assistant Clinical Professor

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Cincinnati, 2013
M.A. English Education, West Virginia University, 2005
B.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1999

Biography:

Mark Kohan is a teacher educator and assistant clinical professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Before coming to the University of Connecticut, Dr. Kohan was founding director of the Center for Hope & Justice Education at the University of Cincinnati. His work there included grassroots youth and community organizing to support and unite student and teacher voices with teacher educators and other cultural workers in the region. Partnering with such organizations as The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, and the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy, Dr. Kohan worked to create new educational and professional development opportunities for school-community-university stakeholders to collaborate through principles of action research. His teaching career began as a high school English language arts teacher and teacher leader at a public alternative school in West Virginia. Those experiences, along with fellowships with Freedom Writers Institute and the National Writing Project, inspire him to work towards more inquiry-based and culturally-responsive educational partnerships that support community development and educational change.

Honors/Awards:

2015 AERA Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Outstanding Dissertation Award

2013 Golden Apple Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Cincinnati

2012 Distinguished Service Award, School of Education, University of Cincinnati

2011 The Just Community Award, University of Cincinnati

2009 Reading Teacher of the Year, Marion County Schools, West Virginia

2008 Exceptional Leadership Award, Marion County Schools, West Virginia

Selected Presentations/Publications:

Dustman, E., Kohan, M. & Stringer, E. (2014). Starting small and building out with Ernie Stringer: Personal insights into action research and educational change. Action Research. 12(4), 426-443.

Raider-Roth, M., Stieha, V., Kohan, M. & Turpin, C. (2014). “The false promise of group harmony” The centrality of challenging practices in teachers’ professional development. Journal of Jewish Education. 80(1), 53-77.

Kohan, M. (2013). Freedom writers-inspired literacy partnerships: Organizing to support student voice and teacher learning in an urban high school, urban youth academy, and urban teacher preparation program. NCTE Annual Convention. Boston, Massachusetts.

Johnson, H., Kohan, M., Laine, C., & Meyer, H. (2012). Exploring four exemplary educational partnerships for democracy and justice. Realizing imagined partnerships: Working towards a common goal. AACTE Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois.

Kohan, M., Laine, C., and Hughes High School Freedom Writers. (2011). Reading the past and writing the future: An urban literacy initiative. NCTE Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois.

Kohan, M. (2011). Triggering cultural life stories: The intersection of culture, identity, and text. Building a relational learning community in professional development: Examining the place of culture, text, and identity (panel session). AERA Annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Laine, C. & Kohan, M. (2011). Widening the circle: Action research for inclusive education. David teaches Goliath: How one action research center provokes university & community change (panel session). AERA Annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Development Workshops Created/Conducted:

Love, B., Elementz, & Teaching for Hope & Justice Network. (2013, October). Social justice & the sociopolitical identities of youth in education. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Teaching for Hope & Justice Network (2013, March). Confronting race, politics, and discrimination in american schools. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and UC Teachers College. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gruwell, E. & Teaching for Hope & Justice Network. (2012, November). Freedom writers today. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kohan, M. & Hughes High School Freedom Writers. (2012, November). Supporting student voice through freedom writer activities. Wordplay. Cincinnati, Ohio

Teaching for Hope & Justice Network. (October, 2012). Examining oppression in the world: How students and schools can become modern-day freedom fighters. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hughes High School Freedom Writers, Kohan, M. & Altus, J. (2012, September). Cincinnati freedom writer methods. Mayerson Student Service & Leadership Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kohan, M. & Raider-Roth, M. (2012, February). A reason to remember: Re-viewing the holocaust. Teaching for Hope & Justice workshop series. Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education. Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Mark Kohan
Contact Information
Emailmark.kohan@uconn.edu
Phone860 486 2848
Mailing AddressUnit 3064
Office LocationGentry 432