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Dirck Roosevelt
Brandeis University

Education Program

Associate Professor of Education; Director, Master of Arts in Teaching

Dirck Roosevelt (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program and Associate Professor of Education. Before coming to Brandeis in 2004, he was on the Educational Studies faculty at the University of Michigan. He taught at the elementary level and was an administrator in public schools and at the Prospect School in Vermont for many years.

Dirck Rossevelt’s Blog

Dirck Roosevelt is an educator long interested in how humans make meaning out of experience—especially in how this work expresses agency and desire and informs future possibilities of meaning and action—and a persistent belief in the potential of public education as a site for the furtherance of democratic values, understandings, and practices. He directs the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Brandeis University, and is faculty leader of the MAT in Public Education—Elementary. He teaches and advises graduates and undergraduates, and is an affiliated faculty of the MA in Cultural Production. His career encompasses elementary school teaching and administration in Vermont (Prospect School) and Michigan (Professional Development Schools); design, leadership, and study of teacher education programs (Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Brandeis); and research into children’s writing, teaching as attention, and learning to teach as earning authority. Currently, his scholarship focuses on questions about the place of the imagination in learning to teach—in particular, in learning to teach in ways that respect and foster children’s intellectual, moral, and social powers.