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Lightning Jay

Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership


Lightning Jay came to Binghamton in 2022 after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Formerly a middle and high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY and Minneapolis, MN, Lightning now works in his research and his teaching to support teachers' development with the aim that all students have the opportunity to engage in rich, authentic, and student-centered learning.


  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Ed. Hunter College
  • B.A. Wesleyan University

Research Interests

  • Supporting students to engage in authentic, rigorous, and student-centered historical discourse.
  • Facilitating the development of social studies teachers. 
  • Understanding teacher education pedagogy and teachers' development of adaptive expertise.

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