Office of Educator Preparation

Fiona J. Hughes-McDonnell Ed.D.

Director of Educator Preparation and Accreditation
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Office Location

8 Bailey Hall, Gorham

Phone

207-780-5055

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • M.A. Education, Tufts University
  • B.A. Zoology, University of New Hampshire

Profile

Dr. McDonnell researches and publishes in the field of teacher education. She is a long-time educator and has held a range of leadership roles in public education that include senior academic leader at a community college, and associate principal for curriculum and instruction and secondary science teacher in the PK-12 public school system. She has served on the NH Council for Teacher Education and Professional Education Standards Board, the Massachusetts Alliance for Socio-Emotional Learning and Boston Area Girls STEM collaborative.

Areas of Expertise

  • Progressive and Holistic Education
  • Teacher Development
  • Critical Exploration in the Classroom
  • Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching
  • Collaborative Processes for Looking at Student Work
  • STEM Education
  • Preparation of STEM Teachers
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Epistemology
  • Science and Science Education
  • School Re-Design and Transformation
  • Democratic Education, and the contributions of Piaget
  • Inhelder
  • Dewey and Duckworth to the field of education

Presentations

  • “Genevan Learning Research as a Pedagogy of Teacher Education.” In “Reclaiming ‘Constructivist’ Commitments to Democracy and Equity within Pedagogical Practice and Theory,” a panel paper presentation with Susan J. Mayer, Mary Kay Delaney; discussion chair Jeremy Berman. Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development, Philadelphia, May 28-30,
  • “Critical Exploration in the Classroom as a Deep Learning Pedagogy for Preparing Teachers to Create Deep Learning Communities in the K-12 Classroom,” Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development, Philadelphia, May 28-30,
  • “A Democracy of Ideas,” Association for Moral Education, 42nd Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA, December 8-11, 2016.
  • “Learning to Teach for Understanding.” In “Welcoming Interactive Dynamic Engagement in Classrooms: Piaget and Inhelder Speak to Education Today.” Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development, Chicago, June 9-11,
  • “A Service Learning Project with a Neighborhood Elementary School Provides a Context for Preparing Preservice Teachers for the Challenges of Teaching Inquiry- Science” (with Based A. Houston-King, Kuehl, T. Rosien), Massachusetts Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Fall Conference, October 31, 2014.
  • “Developing Professional Practice through Involving Students of Teaching in Learning Research,” American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.
  • “Teaching as transitioning from I-it to I-thou relationships among learners, teachers and subject matter.” In B. Shorr (Chair), Between I and Thou: Developing Curriculum through a Pedagogy of Relation, Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development, Quebec City, Canada, June 7, 2011.
  • “Using the Inquiry Learning Cycle to Teach Science in the Elementary Grades,” NEA-NH Fall Conference, Bow, NH, October 8, 2010.
  • “Science Learning as a Creative Act.” In Duckworth (Chair), Development through creativity and ‘wonderful ideas’: Student explorations of art and science, Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development, Baltimore, MD, June 2006.

Professional Activity

Critical Explorers, Cambridge, MA, Board of Directors

Southern New Hampshire Science Teachers’ Collaborative, founding member

Alternative Education Resource Organization

Alliance for Self-Directed Education