Kendra Hearn

Chair, Secondary Teacher Education; Clinical Associate Professor; Director of Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC) Program

Kendra  Hearn, School of Education

Kendra Hearn serves the School of Education as a clinical associate professor and secondary teacher education department chair. She currently teaches graduate courses in secondary English methods and education leadership. Her areas of scholarship include teaching in urban contexts, especially secondary English/literacy; educational/instructional leadership; and school improvement.

Prior to coming to the School of Education, Kendra Hearn has a storied career as an education practitioner. She was the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the West Bloomfield (Michigan) School District (2006-2010) where she also previously served as the curriculum director (2005-2006). She also was curriculum director in the Lincoln Consolidated School District in Ypsilanti (2003-2005); and a professional development consultant for the 28 school district in Macomb County, MI through the Macomb Intermediate School District (2001-2003). Her first jobs in education were as a high school English language arts teacher at West Bloomfield High School (1996-2001) and Detroit Public Schools (1993-1996).

She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan ('93) and her MA in education administration from the University of Detroit Mercy ('95). With the completion of her dissertation, "Artifacts of Thought: Evidence of Metacognition in Twelfth Grade Students’ Reflective Writing," Hearn earned her PhD from Wayne State University ('05). Hearn was National Board Certified in early adolescence English language arts ('98). In 2008, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays program, and traveled to South Africa to study its post-apartheid educational system. She is the recipient of one of education’s most coveted awards, the Milken Educator Award, and has also received recognition as a nominee for Oakland County's WDIV-Newsweek Outstanding Educator Award (1999) and Education's Unsung Heroes Award (1998).

Hearn teaches courses in the following program(s):
Urban Pedagogy
Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC)


Selected Publications

Hearn, K. and Hankinson, K. (In process). “Preparing Interns for Diverse Classrooms: When Clinical Placements and Teacher Identities Collide.”

Hearn, K. and McQueen, K. (2016). “Conceptualizing Third Spaces in University Sponsored Alternate Route Teacher Education Programs: Creating Coherence Across Disparate Partnering Organizations”. Working Paper. TeachingWorks.




9/1/2017 - 8/31/2019 Race, Sense-Making, and Practice in the Co-Construction of Family-School Relations
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Winter 2014 EDUC 611. Classroom Assessment. Seminar EDUC 611. Classroom Assessment


Room 1225

Curriculum Vitae