Ronald David Glass, Ph.D.

University of California, Santa Cruz
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“The commitment to an equity-orientation for our collaborative research marks a determination to contribute to strengthening democratic traditions and to building capacities within the least advantaged communities so they can solve the challenges we face as a state and a nation."

Ronald David Glass, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the U.C. Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, a University of California multi-campus research program initiative. He also serves as Director of the UCSC Education Department's Ph.D. program.

Dr. Glass received a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education and an M.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University, a C.Phil. in Philosophy of Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. and an A.B. with honors in History and Science from Harvard University.

Dr. Glass focuses his work on education as a practice of freedom and on ideological (trans)formation, giving particular attention to the role of education in developing a just, pluralistic democracy. He also investigates school reform in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities, and his book with Pia Lindquist Wong examines a six-year project that linked school reform in such communities with the transformation of teacher preparation: Prioritizing Urban Children, Teachers, and Schools through Professional Development Schools. Dr. Glass has published essays in leading journals, contributed chapters to a number of edited books, and presented papers at many regional, national and international conferences, including as the keynote speaker. He has provided consultation on program development and evaluation, educational reform, and institutional strategic planning for a variety of organizations, schools, districts, and universities. Prior to being on university faculties, Dr. Glass directed the San Francisco-based Adult Education Development Project, and collaborated with Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, the world-renowned educators for democracy.

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