Dr. Deirdre Faughey is a teacher, writer, and researcher. She has been working in the field of education since 2005.
Deirdre has been secondary English teacher in both urban and suburban schools. She has also taught Masters and Doctoral students at Hunter College and Teachers College, where she helped to develop the School Change course with Dr. Thomas Hatch. In her work as TA for this course over a three-year time period, she helped Dr. Hatch experiment with innovative teaching methods by developing a website and Twitter account that support student-directed learning. In the Fall of 2016, she taught her own section of School Change, and brought in guest speakers from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the Institute of Play, Bronx Arena Transfer High School, and Eskolta School Research and Design. Working again with Dr. Hatch, Deirdre led a study of the NYCDOE Local Measures of Student Learning, which are used to evaluate teacher and student performance in New York City Schools. Her dissertation research draws upon this work by focusing on how English and Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 used data derived from high-stakes teacher evaluation policies for instructional purposes. Deirdre has presented her research at the Literacy Research Association Conference (LRA), the National Council for the Teachers of English Conference (NCTE), and the American Education Research Association Conference (AERA).
Deirdre was also the Managing Editor of the website International Ed News, where she shared online education news from around the world on Twitter, conducted interviews and wrote news “scans” in order to summarize relevant news on key issues. She is also the founding editor of an online publication called Esteem: Conversations Between Educators. Esteem publishes long-form interviews between doctoral students and the researchers, scholars, activists, leaders, and educators they admire. Deirdre conducted a year-long interview series with an international group of women who have been using Twitter to engage in a public conversation on the topic of women in education leadership.
Deirdre’s position as a Research and Design Facilitator with Eskolta School Research and Design brought her into New York City high schools on a regular basis to work with teams of teachers, as well as school and district leaders, on projects related to school improvement and student learning. In this position, Deirdre supported teams working on school change efforts, such as creating course maps aligned with school-wide literacy goals, and using the Hess Matrix (which combines Bloom’s Taxonomy with Depth of Knowledge) to help teachers develop questions that promote higher order thinking. She worked with online data trackers and created reflection tools to support teacher learning from student data, including classwork and test score data. She also helped to create instructional resources that were used in the classroom to support teacher learning.
Currently, Deirdre is teaching at Oyster Bay High School. She developed the 9th and 10th grade English courses, and developed an Intro to Fiction and Intro to Film syllabi for the College English course, which is part of the ACE program of Stony Brook University. She also teaches the AP Research course, which offers advanced students the opportunity to conduct original research in their Senior year of high school. She has also served as Assistant Director for the school play and yearbook adviser.
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