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Susan Benner



  • Higher Ed: Education 


Susan McLean Benner currently serves as director of the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, where she is also the associate dean of professional licensure. Benner holds a BA in social sciences from Southern Methodist University, a MS in special education from the University of Tennessee, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has published four books, including Promising Practices for Elementary Teachers: Make No Excuses, Special Education Issues within the Context of American Society, and Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs. She is currently serving as co-editor of Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. Over the past twenty years, Benner has focused her work on teacher preparation in urban settings, particularly the crossroads between special education and urban education. Benner is co-principal investigator for two STEM teacher preparation projects focused on improving the quality of STEM teachers in urban schools and is principal investigator of another project focused on development of effective structures for Response to Intervention within Tennessee. She is the past-president of the Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.  


teacher education
urban teaching
teacher induction
teacher performance assessment 


Benner, S., & Grim, J. (2013). Assessment of young children with special needs: A context-based approach. New York: Routledge.

Benner, S. (2010). Promising practices for elementary teachers: Make no excuses. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Benner, S. M., Bell, S. M., & Broemmel, A. D. (2011). Teacher Education and Reading Disabilities. In R. L. Allington and A. McGill-Franzen, (Eds.), Handbook of Reading Disabilities Research (pp. 68-78). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc.