Steven Tozer

Professor, Educational Policy Studies


Steve Tozer — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Principals are the key to transforming schools, Steve Tozer recently told a conference of education writers. Tozer led the development of a doctoral program, Urban Education Leadership, to produce principals whose actions translate into success among teachers and students.

Tozer led the funding and design of the first system-wide program to mentor Chicago Public Schools teachers, and initiated a program to support new teachers in one of Chicago’s hardest-to-staff neighborhoods.

He has undertaken a two-year study comparing the performance of teachers prepared in alternative and standard certification programs. As chair of the Governor’s Council on Teacher Quality in Illinois, he led changes in teacher certification laws.

In 1999 Tozer received the Association for Teacher Educators’ Stevenson Award for leadership and dedication to the education profession. He is president-elect of the American Educational Studies Association. His book, “School and Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” is in its sixth edition.

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