Carol D. Lee, the president of AERA for the 2009-10 academic year, is a professor of African American studies and of the learning sciences at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. Lee has developed a theory of cultural modeling that provides a framework for the design and enactment of curriculum that draws on forms of prior knowledge brought to classrooms by traditionally underserved students. She is the author of numerous journal articles and five books, including Culture, Literacy, and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind, published in the Multicultural Education Series by Teachers College Press.

Lee is active in the school reform movement in the Chicago public schools and taught in both public and private schools before becoming a university professor. She is a founder of two schools, the New Concept School and the Betty Shabazz International Charter School, an Afrocentric charter school.

Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction, July 26 to August 6, 2010
Carol D. Lee - Culture, Learning, and Teaching

This course examines cultural foundations for understanding how people learn through readings in the areas of social and cultural neuroscience, social and emotional aspects of human development, cognitive studies of learning, and sociological and anthropological studies of learning and development in cultural communities. The implications for teaching is explored through studies that address connecting everyday knowledge embedded in cultural practices of communities of color and low-income communities with rich disciplinary knowledge in the academic domains.