Dana L. Mitra

Dana L. Mitra

Dana L. Mitra is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Dana has published over 30 papers and two books on the topics of student voice and civic engagement. She is the founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and the co-editor of the American Journal of Education. Dana’s prior work experience includes teaching elementary school in the Washington, DC area and serving as the coordinator for two White House Conferences on Character Education.

Dana has served as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in 2012 to study child participation and educational reform in Bangalore, India. She has recently published a book entitled, Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Engagement in an Era of Accountability (Teacher’s College Press).

About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows are a diverse group of education leaders from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. The Fellows’ overarching goals are:

  1. to investigate, use, and promote effective renditions of student-centered learning (i.e., personalized, competency-based, student-owned, and anytime-anywhere) in the New England region and beyond; and
  2. to communicate research findings in ways that make them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

The Distinguished Fellows work alongside research teams, youth researchers, and other key partners of the Research Collaborative to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and to bridge research, practice, and policy.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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