Cara Furman

Assistant Professor of Literacy Education

Cara E. Furman, PhD, is an assistant professor of literacy education at the University of Maine at Farmington and former urban public elementary school teacher. She is the co-author, with Cecelia Traugh, of Descriptive Inquiry in Teacher Practice: Cultivating Practical Wisdom to Create Democratic Schools. She writes about Descriptive Inquiry, inquiry, asset-based inclusive teaching, and progressive literacy practices. She is the co-director of the Summer Institute on Descriptive Inquiry and president of the North East Philosophy of Education Society, and co-leads inquiry groups for local teachers. She can be reached at


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