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Jean Kirshner, Ph.D.

Jean Kirshner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Teacher Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Teacher Education
Campus Box 107
Greeley, CO 80639


Education and Human Resource Development (Literacy and Teacher Education Specializations), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO,

Master of Arts 
Early Childhood Special Education with a Focus on Social Inclusion, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO

Bachelor of Arts 
Elementary Education with a Focus on Early Childhood Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Professional/Academic Experience

Assistant Professor Early of Teacher Education, College of Education and Behavior Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO (2021- present) 

First Grade Teacher, Douglas County School District, Parker, CO, 2006 – 2021.

Kindergarten Teacher, Douglas County School District, Parker, CO, 1994 – 2006.

Head Start Supervising Teacher, Child Opportunity Program, Denver, CO, 1990 – 1993.

Early Childhood Director, Saint Ignatius Grammar School, Chicago, IL, 1988 – 1990.

Research/Areas of Interest

Early Childhood, Emergent Literacy, Teacher Development, International Teacher Development

Publications/Creative Works


Kirshner, J. & Kamberelis, G. (July 2021). Decolonizing Transcultural Teacher Education through Participatory Action Research: Dialogue, Culture, and Identity, Routledge Publishing, New York, NY


Kirshner, J. (2021 in press.). Covid as a crucible: The transformation of global educators. International Journal of Educational Methodology. 7(3)

 Kirshner, J., Blair, D., Castillo, W. Meeting of minds and screens:Collaborating in transnational teacher development. Discovering New Educational trends:   A Symposium in Belize, Central America, ed. Pamela Cook.

Kirshner, J. & Kamberelis. G. (2020). Deep engagement: imagining and enacting possible selves and possible worlds for global change. International Journal of Educational Policies. 14(1). pp.5-31.

Nimehchisalem, V. & Kirshner, J. (2020). Interview with Jean Kirshner, co-founder of Belize Education Project. International Journal of Education & Literacy Studies. 8(4).  pp. 100-105.

Kirshner, J. (2020). School radio: Finding innovation in reaching remote learners in Belize. International journal of education & literacy studies. 8(3), 90-97.

 Kirshner, J. & Kamberelis, G. (2019). Participatory action research in intercultural contact zones: Effects of relationship building on teacher identities, classroom practices, and student learning. Discovering new educational trends: A symposium in Belize, Central America, ed. Pamela Cook. Cambridge Scholar Publishing. pp. 133-155.

Kirshner, J. & Kamberelis, G. (2018). “Take me to the river;” Mapping global flows from crayons to connections. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal. 11(3), 1-17.

Kirshner, J., & Zarestky, J. (2017). Enhancing dialogue between American and Belizean teachers on spirituality. Proceedings from the annual meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Memphis, TN.