Jarod Kawasaki, Ph.D.


UC Los Angeles

Jarod Kawasaki is a post-doctoral research scientist in UCLA Center X and a faculty advisor for secondary math and science novice teachers in the UCLA Teacher Education Program. His research interest is focused on supporting pre-service and in-service science teachers learn to design and enact classroom teaching that promotes productive classroom discourse. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, Canadian Journal of Science, Math, and Technology Education, and the Published Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences.

Jarod received his PhD in education from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Currently, he coordinates research efforts on two large scale federally funded projects, one with the US Department of Education studying teacher education in the urban teacher residency context and the other with the National Science Foundation studying science teacher professional development for the NGSS. In both of these projects, the research aims to examine and better understand the professional learning opportunities, tools, and resources that support science teacher learning. His CTERIN-funded study aims to better understand the needs and challenges of early career alumni science teachers (2-5 years of teaching) in their development as effective social justice science educators. In doing so, teacher education programs can learn how to develop supportive alumni networks for their graduates.