A crucial element of Joanna's role is to contribute to the quality assurance processes of teacher education and the partnership as a whole. To achieve this, she works with several colleges in the partnership to monitor the quality of the provision, which she does through a flexible approach to drive up improvements in education through devising new innovative approaches to teaching and learning, observation, monitoring, delivery of CPD and sharing best practice. A focus for Joanna specifically, is the exploration of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and how to embed this both into both the trainee's teaching practice and the innovative strategies used by the subject specialist mentor to facilitate this process.
As well as her role within the teacher education partnership Joanna also teaches on the Master's in Professional Practice in Education (MEd), a programme that develops the professional practice and skills for teachers and education managers. Joanna teaches the Curriculum Design module on the programme. Joanna's research interests include exploring the experiences of lecturers in designing and developing curriculum in Higher Education and supporting those with the validation of new higher education programmes.
Joanna has extensive experience as a teacher educator and has demonstrated her ability in course design and development for the education of new and existing teachers by using innovative approaches such as involving stakeholders in the creation of new programmes to ensure that the programme remains current and responsive to policy changes and professional practice. This not only ensures teachers are afforded a curriculum that is diverse and equitable, but it also considers pedagogy that is balanced and accessible to make an impact in the classroom.