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Rachel Lotan

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Rachel Lotan

Professor (Teaching) Emerita

Assistant: Elayne Weissler-Martello

Office: CERAS 433


Dr. Lotan is Professor Emerita and the former Director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Her teaching and research focus on aspects of teaching and learning in academically and linguistically diverse classrooms and topics in teacher education. Currently, she directs the Program for Complex Instruction at Stanford, where she works on the development, research and worldwide dissemination of complex instruction, a pedagogical approach to creating equitable classrooms. For ten years before starting graduate work, Dr. Lotan taught English and French in junior high and high school.

Other Titles

Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

CTE: Teacher Education

Research Interests

Equity in Education | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Cohen, E. G., & Lotan, R. A. (2014). Designing groupwork: Strategies for heterogeneous classrooms. Teachers College Press. New York, NY.

Lotan, R. A. (2022). Equitable classrooms: A compelling connection between theory and practice. (M. Webster Jr. & L. S. Walker, Eds.), Unequals: The power and of status and expectation in our social lives (pp. 178–199). Oxford University Press.

Lotan, R. A., & Holthuis, N. I. (2021). Complex Instruction for diverse and equitable classrooms: In loving memory of E.G. Cohen, In N. Davidson (Ed.) . Pioneering Perspectives in Cooperative Learning.

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