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Deborah Zuercher

  • Dr. Deborah Zuercher

    Professor

    Department(s)

    • Institute for Teacher Education - M.Ed.
      in Teaching
    • Institute for Teacher Education

    Area(s) of Interest

    • Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation
    • Culturally Responsive Teacher Evaluation
    • Place-based Teacher Action Research

    Brief Biography

    Dr. Deborah Zuercher works to empower teachers to become agents of change that positively impact student achievement in their classrooms. She believes that education should cultivate democracy. As such, instruction must incorporate academic rigor, contextual appropriateness, and social justice. She has served as a classroom teacher, assistant secondary principal, middle level principal, education research consultant, and university teacher educator. Deborah is a tenured full professor in the Master of Education in Teaching Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and has been the Principal Investigator for the American Samoa Teacher Education Program. Deborah is passionate about the art and science of instruction. In ten years at the University of Hawaii she has taught a total of 96 courses with a mean for all courses taught at 4.89/5.0. She has been nominated for numerous teaching awards and observed twice by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Deborah teaches and advises teacher candidates in American Samoa and graduate teacher candidates enrolled in the College of Education in Hawai’i, American Samoa, and across Micronesia. In 2013, Dr. Zuercher earned the College of Education Leadership Award and a Fulbright International Administrative Scholarship to Germany. Dr. Deborah Zuercher’s primary research interest is applied qualitative action research, which describes the effects of facilitating instructional interventions that are contextualized within unique cultural learning environments. Place-based adaptation of national standards is another consistent research agenda. She has a) 23 publications and presentations at over 70 conferences of significant recognition by the national and international community of scholars active in the same field; b) three published book chapters, c) nationally peer-reviewed program recognition report for NCATE accreditation process, d) significant grant awards, f) published dissertation, and g) 10 articles in periodicals that have positively promoted contextualized teacher quality development in American Samoa. Currently, she facilitates professional development to deepen teacher leaders’ understanding about teacher evaluation and what it means to contextualize English Language Arts Common Core State Standards to prepare students for college and career readiness in unique Pacific learning communities such as Hawaii, Republic of Marshall Islands, American Samoa, Saipan, Guam and Palau. She lives on the Leeward Coast of Oahu where she enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, scuba diving and horseback riding in the volcanic Makaha mountain valley.

    Contact Information

    Office Phone

    (808) 956-5513

    Office

    Everly 223B

    Email

    zuercher@hawaii.edu

    Homepage

    No home page provided.

    Curriculum Vitae

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    Scholarly Works

      Book Chapters

    • Zuercher, D., & Yoshioka, J. (2012). Distance Learning in the Pacific: A Case Study of American Samoa. In Robert Hogan (Ed.), Transitional Distance Learning and Building New Markets for Universities, (pp. 143-160). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.   Publication Details
    • Journal Articles

    • Yoshioka, J. M., Zilliox, J. T., & Zuercher, D. K. (2014). A moving target: The problem of defining teacher quality. Athens Journal of Education, 1 No. 3, 247-258.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., Byrne, J., Nadilo, B., & Zuercher, D. K. (2012). Target Work: Bringing out the promise in South Australia’s “at-promise” youth. Middle Ground, 16(1), 26-28.   Publication Details
    • Zuercher, D. (2011). Math, science, and Web-based activities to raise awareness about nutrition and obesity. Middle School Journal, 43 (1), 42-52.   Publication Details
    • Zuercher, D., Yoshioka, J., & Kessler, C. (2011). The CAST initiative in Guam: A model of effective teachers teaching teachers. US-China Education Review, 8(1), 01 – 13.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., Apisa, S., & Zuercher, D. K. (2010). This we believe: Middle level teachers are just like the students – As learners!. Middle School Journal, 41(4), 1-2.   Publication Details
    • Conference Proceedings

    • Levine, A. J., Taketa, L., Bennett, L., Nakamura, C., Snelling, D., Fulton, L., Yoshioka, J. M., Schlaack, N., & Zuercher, D. K. (2017, Mar). Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts - Leveraging the Resources of a Complex-Wide PDS. Proceedings of the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Conference.   Publication Details
    • Presentations

    • Matsumoto, V., Boltz, B., Yoshioka, J. M., Zilliox, J. T., & Zuercher, D. K. (2015, Mar). It’s simple, really… Fairness + Opportunity = Equity. Presented at the Presentation to the national conference of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, Atlanta, GA.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., Matsumoto, V., & Zuercher, D. K. (2015, Feb). Stepping Up: How one University-Professional Development School Relationship is Creating Teacher Leaders and Agents of Change. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Education, Phoenix, Arizona.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., Matsumoto, V., & Zuercher, D. K. (2015, Jan). Planning for the Future by Reflecting on the Past. Presented at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., Matsumoto, V., & Zuercher, D. K. (2014, Nov). Using the Power of “?” to break down borders. Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Tucson, Arizona.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2014, Apr). Homegrown teacher leaders. Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Boston, MA.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2014, Jan). Using the 4Cs (Cooperation, Collaboration, Coordination, and Communication) to create 21st century agents of change. Presented at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., Matsumoto, V., & Zuercher, D. K. (2013, Nov). Homegrown agents of change. Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Philadelphia, PA.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., Zilliox, J. T., & Zuercher, D. K. (2013, Jun). Pearls in the Pacific: Lessons in Improving Teacher Quality. Presented at the International Conference on Education and New Developments (END), Lisbon, Portugal. *Won the conference award for best paper presentation..   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2013, Feb). Content Area Specialized Training in the Pacific: A successful model for teacher training and capacity building. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Hawaii Educational Research Association, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., Zilliox, J. T., & Zuercher, D. K. (2013, Feb). Transnational Professional Development Partnerships in the Pacific: Preparing the Next Generation of Teachers in Guam and American Samoa through the Content Area Specialized Training Initiative. Presented at the Presentation to the national conference of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, New Orleans, LA.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2013, Jan). The CAST initiative in Guam and American Samoa: A model of effective teachers teaching teachers. Presented at the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2013, Jan). The CAST initiative in Guam and American Samoa: A Model of Effective Teachers Teaching Teachers. Presented at the Presentation to the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2012, Feb). Creating Teacher Leaders in American Samoa: The CAST Initiative. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Hawaii Educational Research Association, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., Curry, K., Martin, K., & Zuercher, D. K. (2012, Jan). Healthy Teachers Teaching Healthy Kids!. Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., Apisa, S., Martin, K., Ashford, A., Curry, K., O'neill, T. B., Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2012, Jan). Translating a collaborative learning community for educators to a transnational, virtual environment.. Presented at the Second Annual Conference on Education and e-Learning.   Publication Details
    • Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2012, Jan). The CAST initiative in American Samoa: Effective teachers teaching teachers. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., & Zuercher, D. K. (2010, Nov). Collaborative inquiry is transforming Hawaiian culture-based public charter schools – It can work for your school too!. Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., Nagato, D., Kekahio, W., Tibbetts, K., & Zuercher, D. K. (2010, Apr). Constructing a community of collaborative inquiry with educators in Hawaiian culture-based public charter schools. Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.   Publication Details
    • Deering, P. D., Apisa, S., & Zuercher, D. K. (2009, Apr). Developing leadership with multicultural middle level educators. Presented at the 2009 AERA Annual Meeting.   Publication Details
    • Kessler, C., Yoshioka, J. M., & Zuercher, D. K. (2009, Feb). The Cast Initiative in Guam. Presented at the Presentation at 2009 Hawaii Education Research Association Conference, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Research / Evaluation Reports

    • Deering, P. D., & Zuercher, D. K. (2009). Final report: Kamehameha Schools Collaborative Inquiry Project: Teacher action research in Hawaiian language- and culture-based public charter schools.. Kamehameha Schools.   Publication Details