Center for Collaboration and Development

Cooperative Learning in a Metropolitan University

May 7, 2014
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Faculty Commons Space, Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus

Cooperative Learning in a Metropolitan University: Why and How

Dewey teaches us that all learning (or the best learning) is social.  How do we structure learning experiences that build on that axiom?  Join faculty member Christy Hammer as she leads this hands-on workshop merging theory with practice and covering the research that supports Cooperative Learning as an easy-to-implement and effective set of instructional strategies with actual modeling of some of the “best of” cooperative learning techniques. Come prepared to “think hard; play hard” and open to “flexible groups” with your workshop peers, from Think-Pair-Shares to Jigsaw small groups! 

Christy Hammer is long trained in both the Johnson and Slavin techniques in cooperative learning and has offered many workshops to K-16 instructors and to pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers.

Wednesday May 7, 2014

  • 11am to 11:30 Open discussion during lunch - feel free to bring your lunch and join the conversation
  • 11:30 to 1pm - Review and modeling of cooperative learning strategies

Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus



Christy HammerChristy Hammer
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty of Education
University of Southern Maine at Lewiston-Auburn
At USM LAC I teach Sociology, Ethics, Education, and Leadership courses, and appreciate the ability to work out my own eclectic, inter-disciplinary interests!  I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at the University of New Hampshire, and also specialized in the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations.  I am mainly interested in the politics, economics, and socio-cultural aspects of K-16 education.

I worked in Civil Rights in the field of K-12 education for many years, and have won two awards for my Anti-Racism work in schools.  My "fifteen minutes of fame" was when I was featured on the national McNeil-Lehrer News Hour as a "gender equity expert" on the topic of single-sex schooling.  We live in Scarborough and have a beautiful daughter and an equally beautiful yellow lab!  I try to return "home" to Wyoming 3-4 times a year. Learn more about Christy Hammer.


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