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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587
Email: teached@uidaho.edu

Cherie Major

Cherie Major, Ph.D.

Office: 119 Harbor Center
Phone: (208) 667-2588
Email: cmajor@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 1031 North Academic Way, Suite 242

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2277

College of Education
Curriculum & Instruction

Home Town: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Campus Locations: Coeur d'Alene
With UI Since 1998

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Middle School Reform
    • Advisory
    • School/University Partnerships
    • Service Learning
    • Instructional Strategies for increased academic achievement
  • Biography
    Dr. Major is currently a full professor of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her teaching load includes Social Studies Methods, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Models of Teaching, various Middle School graduate courses and supervision of pre-service interns at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Center. The Department of C&I has an innovative elementary education program (K-8) that provides early and continuous practicums and a culminating year-long internship in partner schools. She co-teaches courses with classroom teachers and conducts instructional and action research within these partner public schools.

    Dr. Major is also the Director of Middle Grades Connection, which is a Turning Points regional center for the northwest. Turning Points is a national, research based reform model where selected middle schools engage in a three year intensive reform process. As director, she provides grant writing, guidance, a coaching staff and professional development for the school leadership and staff. Her regional office is an affiliate to the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Previously, she was a professor at the University of Southern Maine. At Southern Maine, Dr. Major had seven years experience in professional development schools. She developed the first Middle School PDS and was the university based site coordinator of the Wells-Ogunquit PDS District. The program at USM was rated as an exemplary program and was part of the following networks: National Education Association (NEA) Teacher Education Initiative, Goodlad’s Network for Educational Renewal, and National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching through Teachers College, Columbia in New York City. Dr. Major specializes in Middle School and was chair of the Professional Preparation Committee for National Middle School Association for 6 years, was the former President and co-founder of the Maine Association of Middle Level Educators, and was a board member of the New England League of Middle Schools.

    Dr. Major directed a three-year study of Professional Development Schools at the University of Southern Maine, which was part of a seven-university study sponsored by NEA. Her publications have resulted from research conducted in the area of middle school education, university partnerships with schools, and instructional strategies. She has presented regularly at AACTE, NMSA, NRMERA, NELMS and other international, regional and state conferences. Dr. Major has consulted nationally and internationally in the areas of Teaming, Advisory, Middle School Reform, Teacher Education and Social Studies Education. Dr. Major is a former teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
  • Selected Publications
    • National Middle School Association (2008) International Models of Advisory, (refereed), Denver, CO
    • National Middle School Association (2007) Character Education: International Models & Middle Level Teacher Preparation in Australia and New Zealand. (refereed), Houston, TX.
    • Curtain University (2007). School University Partnerships (invited) Perth, Western Australia.
    • Edith Cowin University (2007). Teacher Education Reform (invited) Perth, Western Australia.
    • Australia Catholic University (2007). Middle School Reform in the US & School University Partnership. (invited), Melbourne, Victoria: Australia.
    • Middle Years School Association (2007). Geography: Map Stations using Layered Curriculum.(invited), Brisbane, Queensland: Australia.
    • National Middle School Association (2006). Debating the best grade configurations for middle school. (refereed), Nashville, TN.
    • Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association (2006). School/University Partnerships; Teacher Education and High Stakes Testing, Year 2(refereed), Sun Valley, ID.
    • Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association (2006). New Teacher Orientation in Rural Districts and the Duty to Provide Legal Training (refereed), Sun Valley, ID.
    • Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association (2005). School/University Partnerships; Teacher Education and High Stakes Testing (refereed), Jackson, WY (original research).
    • Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association (2005). Picture the power of collaboration (refereed), Jackson, WY (original research).
    • National Middle School Association (2005). Dealing with difficult teachers (refereed), Philadelphia, PA.
    • National Middle School Association (2005). Teaming the Process (refereed), Philadelphia, PA.
    • Major, C., 2007. Middle Schools Down Under – Care Programs. ASCD Middle Grades Network Newsletter. Vol.5 No. 1. Fall.
    • Hammond, C. & C Major, 2005. Picture the Power of Collaboration. Current Issues in Middle Level Education, Vol. 11, No. 2
    • Major, C. 2004. Creating small caring communities in schools for 10-14 year olds. Citizenship, Moral Education and Civil Society. Moscow, Russia.
    • NCATE Middle Level Teacher Preparation Guidelines. 2002. Washington, DC: NCATE.
    • National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. 2002. Position Paper on Middle Level Teacher Preparation. Boston: MG Forum.
    • Major, C. and R. Pines, 1999. (Ed). Teaching to Teach: New Partnerships in Teacher Education. Washington, DC: NEA Publications.

"Learning takes place most effectively in classrooms where knowledge is clearly and powerfully organized, students are highly active in the learning process, assessments are rich and varied and students feel a sense of safety and connection." - National Research Council, 1990.