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Laura Baecher

Associate Professor of TESOL


Teachers College, Columbia University Ed.D., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2002 M.Ed., TESOL, 1996

University of Vermont B.A., Art History, Minor in Spanish, Burlington, VT, 1990


Dr. Baecher teaches courses for PreK-12 teacher candidates in the MA TESOL program, and supports the placements of student teachers at sites in the New York City public schools. Her current courses include:

• EdESL 785/788: Practicum in TESOL

• EdESL 771: K-12 Curriculum and Materials in the Content Areas

• EdESL 796: Methods in TESOL

She continues to maintain strong connections to the public school community of ESL teachers and students through her involvement in the New York City Teaching Fellows program, in which she prepares full-time teachers working towards their MA in TESOL.


Dr. Baecher is passionate about serving English language learners and their teachers, and has been involved in the TESOL field as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher to adolescents and adults, in school, community, and university settings; as a program administrator for ESL services, as a mentor teacher and as a teacher educator and researcher.

Dr. Baecher's research, teaching, and service activities are shaped by three common and related aims: 1. examining the work of practicing ESL teachers, 2. increasing the quality of TESOL teacher education, and 3. engaging a collaborative partnership of faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher candidates to advocate for English language learners. She has published and presented nationally on the subject of video analysis of lessons in the process of teacher development, the challenges facing ESL teachers, and the connection of teacher preparation to teacher practice.




Baecher, L. & McCormack, B. (2015). The impact of video review on supervisory conferencing. Language and Education, 29(2), 153-173.

Baecher, L, McCormack, B., & Kung, S.C. (2014). Supervisor use of video as a tool in teacher reflection. TESL-EJ, Special Issue on Teacher Reflection, 18(3). Available at:

Baecher, L., Kung, S.C., Jewkes, A. & Rosalia, C. (2013). The role of video in early field experiences. Teaching and Teacher Education 36, 189-197.

Baecher, L. (2012). Feedback from the field: What novice PreK-12 ESL teachers want to tell TESOL teacher educators. TESOL Quarterly, Special Issue on Novice Professionals in TESOL, 46(3), 578-588.

Bell, A. & Baecher, L. (2012). Points on a continuum: ESL teachers reporting on collaboration. TESOL Journal, Special Issue on Teacher Collaboration in TESOL, 3(3), 488-515.




Intensive Teacher Institute-TESOL, Co-PI, 2014-2017 New York State Education Department

ESL Curriculum Adaptations for Engage NY Learning Modules Curriculum Development , 2015 New York State Education Department

MOOC on ESL for Elementary School Teachers Curriculum Development, 2014 Kellogg Foundation-TESOL 
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