Teacher education, teacher leadership, asset-based pedagogies, social-emotional learning, classroom climate, family engagement and community partnership, student engagement, restorative practices, and teacher wellness.

Lisa Boté is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. Dr. Boté has played an integral role in teacher education at the University of Maryland for over 20 years, innovative in her course development and compassionate in her interaction with future teachers.

Dr. Boté designed and teaches a three-course series on Creating Community which engages future teachers in encountering the lived experience of elementary students and examining the social capital of the communities they reside in. Her Creating Community Series also promotes the development of core practices needed to create a sense of community in the classroom.  Dr. Boté enriches the courses in her series with relationship building, courageous conversations, and the promotion of self-care and wellness.

Dr. Boté has consistently earned praise for her design of the Creating Community Series and for her work with future teachers. Her excellence in teaching has been honored by the College of Education, the University of Maryland Parent’s Association, and the Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program. In 2020, Dr. Boté received the University of Maryland Provost’s Excellence Award for Teaching.