Dr. Wendy Burke is a Professor and Department Head for the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Burke has partnered with a variety of organizations, districts, and community groups in support of advancing meaningful, engaged student and teacher learning. Such partnerships have included a 21st Century Learning Community granted-funded afterschool program known as EMU Bright Futures, the Institute for Responsive Mathematics, the Hope Street Education Group, and the Committee for Children. Dr. Burke was the Director of Student Teaching at EMU in 2014-2018.
She serves on the Executive Board of Learning Forward Michigan, a statewide professional organization committed to standards-driven professional learning. She is a co-founder of the Michigan Alliance for Social Emotional Learning, a statewide partnership among faculty, district leaders, educators, and community partners. Dr. Burke has also served as the program chair for AERA’s SIG School, University, and School Collaborative Research for two separate terms in 2012-2015 and more recently in 2017-2020. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Burke was appointed as the John W. Porter Endowed Chair to lead the implementation of a Secondary Place-Based Education program at Eastern Michigan University. She was a co-founder of the Adaptive Leadership Network that supported the leadership development for over 200 educators in local districts in 2012-2018.
Currently, she is leading Secondary Redesign Workgroup and the steering committee for Place and Community Based teacher preparation which situates teacher learning and development in communities of practice within urban districts. She is also a co-leader of a collaborative regional partnership to create a transformative math teacher education program that aims to recruit, graduate, and retain a more diverse group of highly effective mathematics educators for middle and high schools.