Associate Professor at Appalachian State University

Dr. Christina Tschida is an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Appalachian State University. She has been actively involved in co-teaching since 2012. Dr. Tschida was a founding member of the Co-Teaching in Clinical Practice Topic Action Group (TAG) of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) in 2014 and served as the chair and co-chair until 2019. She will serve as the first president-elect for the National Association for Co-Teaching.

At Appalachian State University, Dr. Tschida works with teacher candidates in a variety of courses including an internship course where she utilizes co-teaching to enhance the field experiences for her students. Prior to starting at ASU, Dr. Tschida lead the co-teaching implementation and research for the elementary program at East Carolina University. She developed online co-teaching foundational training and coordinated the training of co-teaching interns and clinical educators each year. She has published on co-teaching in student teaching as well as presented on co-teaching locally and nationally at several conferences. Dr. Tschida was a keynote speaker for a state conference on co-teaching in Georgia and an invited speaker at the National Conference on Co-Teaching. In the fall of 2019, Dr. Tschida was guest editor for a special issue of Theory & Practice in Rural Education, which focused on co-teaching research and implementation in rural settings.

Her research interests include improving teacher education through critical and justice-oriented pedagogies in social studies education, high quality online instruction, and clinical practice reform through co-teaching models and virtual coaching. Her research has been published in such journals as Social Studies Research and Practice, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Rural Educator, the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, and the Journal of Children’s Literature. Dr. Tschida serves on the editorial board for Social Studies and the Young Learner. She is co-editor for Making Controversial Issues Relevant for Elementary Social Studies: A Critical Reader, a book focused on engaging pre-service teachers in critical pedagogy and anti-racist, socially just instructional frameworks. She and the co-editors of this book also founded the Elementary Social Studies Education Summit (ESSES), which meets annually and provides elementary teachers and teacher educators with opportunities to share research and teaching strategies with one another.