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Margery Ginsberg

Margery B. Ginsberg, Ph.D.

With a background as a teacher on two Indian reservations, university professor, and Texas Title I technical assistance contact for the United States Department of Education, Margery Ginsberg is an associate professor at University of Washington-Seattle.  She teaches courses on instructional renewal, professional learning, and school transformation. 

A designer and coach for school renewal initiatives in Colorado, California, Texas, Washington State, Japan, and Germany, she grounds her courses and fieldwork in a framework that integrates theories of intrinsic motivation, culturally responsive teaching, and adult learning.  Known as the “motivational framework for culturally responsive teaching” she works with graduate students who are aspiring school and systems-level leaders to develop – in their own contexts - the same motivational conditions for adult learning that they seek to create for youth.  To demonstrate motivationally-grounded learning strategies, she partners with urban educators at a local high school, where she co-directs the Center for Action, Inquiry and Motivation (The AIM Center).  

Her authored and co-authored books include Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction that Motivates Learning (2010), Diversity & Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College (2009), Motivation Matters: A Workbook for School Change (2004), Creating Highly Motivating Classrooms: A Schoolwide Approach to Powerful Teaching with Diverse Learners (2000), and Educators Supporting Educators: A Guide to Organizing School Support Teams  (1997). Her books and articles have provided the foundation for two video series: “Motivation: The Key to Success in Teaching and Learning” (2004, Association for Curriculum and Supervision) and “Encouraging Motivation among All Students”  (1995, Video Journal of Education).
Dr. Ginsberg has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder Bilingual/Multicultural/Social Foundations of Education.   She can be reached at ginsbm@u.washington.edu.



Ginsberg, M.B. (2015). Excited to learn:Motivation and culturally responsive teaching.Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

Ginsberg, M.B. (2011).Transformative Professional Learning: A System to Enhance Teacher and Student Motivation. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

Wlodkowski, R.J. Ginsberg, M.B. (2010) Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction that Motivates Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ginsberg, M. B. Wlodkowski, R.J. (2009) Diversity and Motivation: Culturally   Responsive Teaching in College. (2nd ed.) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ginsberg, M.B. (2004) Motivation Matters: A Workbook for School Change. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ginsberg, M.B. Wlodkowski, R.J. (2000) Creating High Motivating Classrooms for   All Students: A Schoolwide Approach to Powerful Teaching with Diverse   Learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ginsberg, M.B., Johnson, J.F., and Moffett, C.A. (1997) Educators Supporting Educators: A Guide to Organizing School Support Teams. Alexandria, VA:   Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Wlodkowski, R. and Ginsberg, M. (1995) Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass


Adult (Professional Learning & School Improvement)

Ginsberg. M.B. (2015). Making diverse classrooms safer for learningEducational Leadership, 72(6). 

Ginsberg, M.B. “Stepping into a Student's Shoes.” Educational Leadership. February, 2012.

Ginsberg, M.B. “Invaluable Allies: Partnering with Parents for Student Success.” Educational Horizons.  Phi Delta Kappan, February, 2012.

Ginsberg, M., Kinsey, C., and Zigarelli, J.M. (2011). "A Leadership Perspective on Implementing a STEM Initiative." WERA Educational Journal, Spring 2011, 22-27.  

Ginsberg, M.B. & Brown, C. (2009) “A Day’s Worth of Data.” Educational Leadership, 66(4), 75-79.

Ginsberg, M.B. (2007) “Lessons from the Kitchen Table.” Educational Leadership, 64(6), 56-61.

Ginsberg, M.B. & Murphy, D. (2002) "How Walk-throughs Open Doors." Educational Leadership, 58(8), 34-36.

Ginsberg, M.B. (2001) “By the Numbers: Data-in-a-Day Technique Provides a Snapshot of Teaching That Motivates.” Journal of Staff Development, 22 (2), 44-47.

Ginsberg, M.B. & Johnson, J.F. (1998) “Beyond Fixing Kids.” Journal of Staff Development, 19 (2), 23-27.

Ginsberg, M & Kimball, K. (2008) “Data-in-a-Day: A New Tool for Principal Preparation.” Principal, 87(3), 40-43.

Johnson, J.F., and Ginsberg, M.B. (1996) “Building Capacity through School Support Teams.”  Educational Leadership, 54 (3), 80-82.

Motivation & Culturally Responsive Teaching
Ginsberg, M.B. & Craig, A. (2010) “Tradition Becomes the Teacher: Community Events Enrich Professional Learning. ” Journal of Staff Development, 31(4), 36-41.

Ginsberg, M.B. (2005) “Motivation, Cultural Diversity, and Differentiation.” Theory into Practice, 44(3), 218-225.

Wlodkowski, R. J., & Ginsberg, M. B. (1995) "A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching.” Educational Leadership, 53(1), 17-21.

Ginsberg, M.B. & Wlodkowski, R.J. (2009) “Professional Learning to Promote Motivation and Academic Performance among Diverse Adults.” November, CAEL Forum, Chicago: Council for Adult & Experiential Education, Special Issue, 23-32