Marcy Singer-Gabella, Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice of Education


    Marcy Singer-Gabella is a Professor in the Practice of Education, and Associate Chair for Teacher Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses on educational foundations and teaching, and also is involved with a variety of research and development projects focused on teacher learning and development, including:

    • ATLAS, an I3 grant project led by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to design video case materials that support the ongoing learning of prospective and early career teachers.
    • preliminary validation research on edTPA, a performance-based assessment of teacher candidates’ readiness to teach.
    • an NSF-funded Study of the development of teachers’ understandings of mathematics and science content and pedagogy, from preparation to practice.

    From 1999-2007, Dr. Singer-Gabella served as Director and Principal Investigator for two urban school reform projects, Imagine College and GEAR UP Nashville, funded by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Ingram Charitable Fund, the Inner City Education Foundation, the Flora Foundation, and the US Department of Education. These initiatives provided intensive professional development support to teachers in the areas of mathematics, standards-based planning and assessment, building classroom learning communities, and leadership; college planning, preparation, and financial assistance for middle and high school students; and health/social service outreach to over 5000 PreK-12 students and their families in two P-12 school clusters in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Before coming to Vanderbilt, Dr. Singer-Gabella taught high school social studies in New York, and then worked with the Stanford Schools Collaborative Professional Development Center in the California Bay Area.