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Honorary doctor Pamela Grossman on how best to support teachers

In her open lecture, honorary doctor Pamela Grossman explores the promise and challenges of identifying and teaching core practices. Join us to hear "The Dream of a Common Language: Core Practices for Teaching". Presentation slides (pdf)

Professor Pam Grossman, University of Pennsylvania. Photo

Professor Pam Grossman, University of Pennsylvania. 

Welcome to University of Pennsylvania-professor Pamela Grossman's open lecture: "The Dream of a Common Language: Core Practices for Teaching".

Lecture recording

The lecture is given in connection to her Doctor Honoris Causa award from the University of Oslo in 2020. Celebrations were delayed until 2022 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and now, finally, we can welcome her to the Faculty of Educational Sciences!

You may be a teacher missing a common language to speak about your classroom practice with teachers of other subjects than your own, or a teacher student expecting to find a common language for teaching across subjects in your studies. This lecture is for both of you.

Professionalizing to support teachers

One definition of a profession posits that professionals share a common technical language to describe their work. 

Teaching is often said to lack such common language, making it difficult both for novices to learn to practice and for experienced professionals to talk in depth about their joint work. 

Responding to this critique, a number of people have tried to build a foundation for the identification of core or high leverage practices for teaching, around which to organize professional education. 

Professor Pamela Grossman are among these people. Her talk will explore both the promise and challenges of identifying and teaching core practices. 

At the forefront of rethinking teaching quality

Pamela Grossman (born 1953) is today the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and emerita professor, Academic Council, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University.

Professor Grossman is at the forefront of rethinking how teachers are educated and studying the connections between the quality of their classroom practice, the support they receive, and the likelihood they remain in teaching.

Throughout her professional career, Grossman has made unique and longstanding contributions in the disciplines of educational sciences through her seminal work on teaching, teacher education and teachers’ professional learning.

Her scientific contributions include methodological and conceptual innovations in ways of studying teachers, teaching and cross-professional learning, and a research program for systematic programmatic research that bridges theory and practice within studies of teaching and learning.

Grossman publications have high outreach and impact and set standards for research design and conceptual frameworks around the world. Read about her impact on the Quint centre.


14:00-14:05 Welcome by Dean Rita Hvistendahl, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo
14:05-14:45 Open Lecture "The Dream of a Common Language: Core Practices for Teaching", Professor Pamela Grossman, University of Pennsylvania
14:45-15:00 Q&A

Areas of expertise

  • English education
  • Literacy
  • Literature
  • Professional/staff development
  • Teacher community
  • Teacher education and certification



This is an open lecture, no prior registration is required. First come first served basis if number of guests exceeds the allowed capacity.

Streaming link (upcoming)

About honorary doctoral degree at UiO

Honorary doctoral degree at University of Oslo


Impact on the Nordic Centre of Excellence Quality in Nordic Teaching


    Faculty of Educational Sciences
    Tags: Æresdoktor, Undervisningskvalitet
    Published July 11, 2022 10:26 AM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2022 11:45 AM