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Kristen W. Neal

Senior Lecturer; Director of Learning and Design M.Ed. Program, Department of Teaching and Learning

Short Biography

Kristen W. Neal is Director of the Learning and Design M.ED. Program and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her interests include the design of learning environments, responsive curriculum design, and family and community engagement in the schooling process. Neal partners with various school and community organizations and serves on several district-wide committees in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to improve education. Professor Neal's students collaborate with a variety of partnerships such as co-designing project-based learning curriculum  with teachers from McKissack Middle Prep (https://educ3620pblunits.wordpress.com/pbl-unit-plans/), Oasis Center Bike Shop and Studio NPL at the Nashville Public Library.

Her prior roles include Senior Advisor to Product Development for Modern Red SchoolHouse, a national school reform nonprofit, and Associate Investigator at the Center of Excellence in Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University where she designed professional development for K—8 teachers of science. A former elementary classroom teacher, she holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instructional leadership and a master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Miami University in Ohio.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 6050: Parents, School and Community
  • EDUC 6080: Designing for Contexts
  • EDUC 6251: Learning Ecologies II
  • EDUC 7992: Capstone Seminar
  • EDUC 3120:  Children in Families and Schools