s a teacher educator and educational researcher, it is my mission to link research and practice through field-based research, self-study in classroom teaching, and various service activities. My overall focus is on professional development that transforms teaching for understanding and learning in diverse classrooms. Such a mission encourages me to continuously advance tools, strategies and activities that will best address our College's theme: Excellence and Equity.

The diagram to the right reflects my current effort to promote teaching transform by integrating teaching and learning tools offered by three theoretical frameworks: (1) Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy oriented within a neo-Vygotskian perspective proposed by the National Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) (It is now moved to University of Hawaii at Manoa.), (2) using Howard Gardner's  theory of multiple intelligences (MI) as tools to enhance teaching for understanding, and (3) the sets of powerful habits of mind as intelligent behaviors, provided by Arthur Costa and associates. Together we may strengthen the circle of supporters in order to  productively solve problems in quest to transform teaching practices in K-12 classrooms.

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