Professor and Director of WCER
Dr. Courtney A. Bell serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A former high school science teacher, Courtney earned her doctorate at Michigan State University in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy and a B.A. in Chemistry at Dartmouth College. Courtney is passionate about understanding and improving teaching for historically underserved children. Her inter-discipline, collaborative work, which spans issues of parental choice, international comparisons of teaching, teaching quality, teacher learning, and the measurement of teaching, is situated at the intersections of research, policy, and practice. She co-edited the 5th Edition of the American Educational Research Association’s Handbook of Research on Teaching and is currently working with colleagues to better understand how teachers learn in the early years of their careers. Courtney collaborated with global teaching experts as a PI on the OECD-organized TALIS Video Study (also called the Global Teaching InSights study). In that study she led the co-development of two observation systems to measure teaching quality in eight economies.