Elizabeth Birr Moje
Elizabeth Birr Moje is dean for the School of Education, the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty associate in the Institute for Social Research and in the Latino/a Studies program. Moje began her career teaching history, biology, and drama at high schools in Colorado and Michigan.
In her current research and community engagement work, Moje uses an array of methods to study and support young people’s literacy learning in Detroit, Michigan. She is particularly interested in the intersections between disciplinary literacies of school and the literacy practices of youth outside of school. She also studies how youth draw from home, community, ethnic, popular, and school cultures to make cultures and to enact identities. In related work focused on teacher learning, Moje developed and co-directs Teaching and Learning the Disciplines through Clinical Practice Rounds, with colleague Robert Bain. The Rounds Project, which advances discipline-based literacy teacher education in urban settings, was awarded the provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize at the University of Michigan in 2010.
Moje is a member of the National Academy of Education, where she chairs the Professional Development Committee. She serves as a vice president of the American Educational Research Association representing research on the social contexts of education (Division G) and as the chair of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award Selection Committee.
Eric Shiehis a founding teacher and curriculum leader at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, “A School for a Sustainable City,” in New York City. As part of his work there, Eric co-led a national two-day site seminar in 2018 for
eighty educators and administrators from across the country on the school’s innovative curricular designs. He is also a former policy strategist for the New York City Department of Education and has founded and led music programs in
prisons across the U.S.
In addition to his work with schools, Eric writes and presents regularly on issues related to education policy, social justice, and music curriculum. His recent research can be found in Arts Education Policy Review, Oxford Handbook of Social
Justice in Music Education, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. His essays and editorials can be found in The Hechinger Report and The Washington Post. Eric holds degrees in music education,
multicultural theory, and curriculum policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a national associate of the Prison Creative Arts Project.