Christine Clayton

Christine Clayton, EdD
Associate Professor
Phone: (914) 773-3805


  • EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • BA, Stanford University

Courses Taught
Undergraduate Courses

  • TCH 455: Middle Childhood / Early Adolescence, Community, Culture & Identity
  • TCH 323: Methods and Models of Teaching Adolescents
  • TCH 412: Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Schools

Graduate Courses

  • ED 523: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence, Community, Culture & Identity
  • ED 640: Secondary Methods: Learning to Teach
  • ED 656: Literacy in the Content Areas
  • ED 690: Teacher as Researcher

Research Interests
My passion revolves around figuring out dynamic ways for educators to learn so that they can sustain themselves in creating vibrant spaces for learning with their students. I am interested in promoting a vision of teachers as curriculum makers who can creatively negotiate the high-stakes curricular contexts we live in so they can build a life in teaching that is meaningful. I believe teachers can best do so with effective professional development that values teachers as thinkers and sustains them through participation in vibrant communities of practice. My work focuses on new teachers, including learning to teach, reflective practice, quality, retention, and learning communities; social justice in teacher education; and curriculum design in high-stakes times.


  • Clayton, C. D.  (2013)  Objectifying Teaching:  A critical review of edTPA and Danielson in the context of high-stakes teacher evaluation as a part of the invited symposium, Taking [on] the exams: Teacher educators respond to the Teacher Performance Assessments, at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, October 31, 2013.

  • 94th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 27-May 1, 2013, San Francisco, Calif. Theme:“Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis.”
    • Professional Development in Rural and Isolated Areas. Teaching and Teacher Education Paper Session. "Growing Into Inquiry: Stories of Teachers Using Inquiry for Themselves and Their Students." With Mary Rose McCarthy, PhD.
  • Falk-Ross, F.. Babicz, D., & Clayton, C.D. (2010), Preservice teachers' considerations of the usefulness of media projects for students' literacy development. Literacy Research Association (NRC), Fort Worth, TX.
  • Falk-Ross, F., & Clayton, C. D., (2010), Telling It Like It Is: Teacher researchers reflect on classroom research projects. Roundtable presentation for the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Clayton, C.D., & Falk-Ross, F.,(2010), Incorporating technology use and new literacies knowledge in the education of future teachers. Faculty Institute at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.
  • Clayton, C. D. From program to practice: Preparing secondary teachers to use backwards design to develop curriculum. Association of American Colleges of Teacher Education, New Orleans, February 2008.


  • Clayton, C. D. (in press spring/summer 2014).  Understanding current reforms to evaluate teachers:  A literature review on teacher evaluation across the career spanExcelsior, 8 (2).

  • Cuddapah, J.L., & Clayton, C.D., (2011). Using Wenger's communities of practice to explore a new teacher cohort. Journal of Teacher Education, 62 (1), 62-75.

Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Grant (TLQP), New York State Education Department, Co-authored with Dr. Jim Kilbane, 2010 (renewal)