Nancy Lourié Markowitz is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Elementary Education at San José State University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, school administrator, and teacher educator. She founded and directed the Triple “L” Collaborative, a university-school partnership, one of seven funded Bay Area School Reform Collaborative programs. She also developed and served as Director of the Multiple Subject Credential Program Option known as the TE Collaborative Residency Program. She has taught courses on creating effective learning environments in diverse, multicultural, urban K-8 classrooms, social studies methods, and literacy methods. Dr. Markowitz’ scholarly interests include the study of university/district collaboration, pre-service teacher education, and inquiry into practices that promote effective learning environments. Dr. Markowitz was a Carnegie Scholar for the Advancement of Teaching where her research focused on the development and study of a university teacher educator inquiry program. She is currently Executive Director of the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child, focused on integrating the social-emotional dimensions of teaching and learning within the professional development continuum.