Thomas Levine

Associate Professor


Associate Professor

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. (Curriculum and Teacher Education) Stanford University, 2005
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (Chinese Language and Culture) Clark University, 2001
M.A.T. (Social Studies Education), Tufts University, 1989
B.A. with honors (History), Brown University

Areas of Expertise:

Teacher Education

Professional Development

Social Studies Education

Sociocultural theory

Teacher Preparation for work with Emergent Bilinguals


Tom Levine is an Associate Professor in the Curriculum & Instruction Department of the Neag School of Education, and also an Executive Editor for the journal Teaching and Teacher Education.

Tom’s research explores how collaboration among professionals creates opportunities for learning and improvement of professional practice. He uses sociocultural theoretical frameworks to study professional community and professional learning.  He has illuminated how collaborative work can influence practice among in-service teachers in two high schools and among clinical supervisors in a teacher education program. He has also facilitated and studied a faculty learning community among 18 teacher educators to improve preservice teachers’ capacity to teach emergent bilinguals (English learners). This four-year project, funded by two grants, involved methods instructors, clinical faculty, and others in cycles of learning, research, and close examination of practice; Routledge published a book sharing findings from this group’s work, listed below. He was Co-PI for a Connecticut Teacher Quality Partnership Grant which funded professional development during 2015-2017, “Making History: Implementing Connecticut’s New Social Studies Frameworks.”  He co-led the work of identifying core practices at the heart of his university’s teacher education redesign, and has studied how such work with core practices has impacted both his program and student teachers.  He is currently co-PI, with PI Sandra Sirota, of a study exploring how an intergenerational learning community of teachers and high school youth can empower youth civic activism. 

From 1998-2000, Tom was the Associate Director of the New England China Network at Primary Source; he designed and led workshops on China for elementary and secondary teachers, led teacher study tours to China, and supported teachers in designing lessons on peoples traditionally excluded from social studies curricula. Tom spent 2000-2005 at Stanford, where he earned a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and won Stanford Graduate Fellowship and a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. He taught high school social studies from 1987 to 1995. Tom’s wife is Korean; Tom and Jihee are raising their twin daughters to be bilingual and bicultural.

Selected Publications:

Levine, T.H., Mitoma, G., Anagnostopolous, D.O., & Roselle, R.S. (2023). Exploring the Nature, Facilitators, and Challenges of Program Coherence in a Case of Teacher Education Program Redesign Using Core Practices. Journal of Teacher Education.

Marcus, A.S., & Levine, T.H. (2021). Mapping the pandemic: teaching critical map literacy with interactive COVID-19 maps.  Social Studies Research and Practice, 16(2), 115-125.

Levine, T.H., Wright-Maley, C. & Harvel, S. (2021). Preparing guardians of democracy: How elementary social studies methods courses can prepare citizens for participatory democracy. Education in a Democracy, 12(1), 109-133.

Levine, T.H. (2021). Supporting educational renewal in professional learning communities: Drawing on Zen Buddhism to question our collaborative work.  Education in a Democracy, 12(1), 210-228.

Levine, T.H. (2019). Overcome Five PLC Challenges. The Learning Professional, 40(3), 64-68.  (The fifth most visited article for this print and online publication in 2019.)

Anagnostopolous, D.O., Levine, T.H., Roselle, R.S., & Lombardi, A. (2018). Learning to redesign  teacher education: A conceptual framework to support program change. Teaching Education, 29(1),  61-80.

Howard, E.R. & Levine, T.H. (2018). What Teacher Educators Need to Know about Language and Language Learners: The Power of a Faculty Learning Community.  In Adger, C. (editor). What Teachers Need to Know About Language. Bristol, U.K.: Channel View Publications.

Roselle, R.S., Anagnostopoulos, D.O., Hands, R., Levine, T.H., Cahill, J., Kuhn, A., Plis, C. (2017). Simultaneous Inquiry: Renewing Partnerships and People in Professional Development Schools. School University Partnerships: A Journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools.

Levine, T.H. & Wright-Maley, C. (2017). Studying Teacher Preparation for Linguistic Diversity: Promoting Triangulation While Minimizing Cost. Sage Research Methods Cases 2.

Levine, T.H. (2017). Studying Teacher Collaboration: Preparing for and Conducting Interviews on Sensitive Topics with Reluctant Interviewees. Sage Research Methods Cases 2.

Levine, T.H., Howard, E.R., & Moss, D.M. (2014). Preparing Teachers for Second Language Learners: Lessons from a Faculty Learning Community. New York: Routledge (edited volume for the Research on Teacher Education Series).

Marcus, A.S., & Levine, T.H. , & Grenier, R.S. (2012). How Secondary History Teachers Use and Think About Museums: Current Practices and Untapped Promise for Promoting Historical Understanding. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40(1), 66-97.

Levine, T.H. (2011). Features and strategies of supervisor professional community as a means of improving the supervision of preservice teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(5), 930-941.

Levine, T.H. (2011). Comparing Pathways for Converting Large High Schools into Smaller Units: Interdependent Smaller Learning Communities as a Defensible Alternative. Improving Schools, 14(2) 172-186.

Levine, T.H. (2011). Experienced teachers and school reform: Exploring how two different professional communities facilitated and complicated change. Improving Schools, 14(1), 30-47.

Levine, T.H. & Marcus, A.S. (2010). How the structure and focus of teachers’ collaborative activities facilitate and constrain teacher learning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(3) 389-398.

Levine, T. H. (2010). Tools for the study and design of collaborative teacher learning: The affordances of different conceptions of teacher community and activity theory. Teacher Education Quarterly, 37(1), 109-130.

Levine, T. H. (2010). What Research Tells Us About the Impact and Challenges of Smaller Learning Communities. Peabody Journal of Education, 85(3), 276-289.

Levine, T.H. (2010). “‘A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens”: How social studies can enable resistance rather than social reproduction. In D. Moss & T. Osborn (Eds.) Critical Essays on Resistance in Education: Volume 46, Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. New York: Peter Lang, 143-158.

Levine, T.H. (2010). Socializing future social studies teachers and K-12 students. The Social Studies, 101(2), 69-74.



Executive Editor, Teaching and Teacher Education

EdPrepLab Working Group on Racial Justice as Foundational in Teacher Education

National Council of the Social Studies

National Network of Educational Renewal

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education

Thomas Levine
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