Jerome Freiberg Honored for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Jerome Frieberg with Doctoral Students
Jerome Freiberg (fifth from the left) leads a discussion with his doctoral students in Farish Hall, College of Education.

Jerome Freiberg, Moores Professor and Director and Principal Investigator for Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline® (CMCD®) is recipient of the 2011-12 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Career Award.  "Receiving the Teaching Excellence Career Award was highly significant as it came from my peers across the University of Houston," said Freiberg. "I found that teaching informs my research and research informs my teaching."  

The award is a result of a distinguished career for a productive teacher as well as a notable researcher.  "Dr. Freiberg goes beyond the limits of making sure his students are engaged and provided with research-based instructional strategies," said Laveria Hutchison, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  "I am delighted that his peers have identified him as an outstanding instructional leader who is a true career professional.”

Freiberg is also known for his mentoring skills with graduate students who have gone on to become leaders in the educational community.  "I am truly fortunate to have Dr. Freiberg as my mentor and chair for my dissertation," said Windy Clark, Curriculum Specialist at Aldine Independent School District and Executive Ed.D. in Professional Leadership Student.  " He makes it his responsibility to ensure that I am successful, which is more than I could desire in a mentor."

His advice is also valued by undergraduate students, many of whom are working as teachers in area school districts. "Dr. Freiberg has impacted my education and my own philosophies and values as a teacher," said Ashlee McCauley an undergraduate College of Education student.  "He really had a profound influence on my decision to become an urban middle school English teacher." 

Freiberg's teaching centers on sound research.  He is founder of The University of Houston’s Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline® (CMCD®) program, which has brought over a decade of scientific evidence and testing in schools that show significant improvements in behavior and student achievement.   Many teachers and student teachers benefit from his bi-annual conferences that teach innovative research-based, school-tested classroom management strategies to help k-12 students prepare for success, achieve self-discipline, and develop responsibility.

Among Freiberg's many accomplishments are: John & Rebecca Moores University Professor - 2011-2016; one of four Visiting Scholars for Monash University, Australia - summer 2012; American Education Research Association (AERA) Fellow as of 2009; and Editor for the Journal of Classroom Interaction (a journal reported by the American Psychological Association).  

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