Susan Mayer ( is a democratic curriculum and developmental learning theorist who writes on a range of issues related to democratic K-12 practice and the study of learning within schools. Mayer has taught in teacher education programs at Brandeis and Northeastern Universities and worked in educational publishing. Her 2012 book, Classroom Discourse and Democracy: Making Meanings Together, draws on democratic educational theory and on classroom discourse research in order to characterize distinctively democratic discursive features. A newly released edited volume, In Search of Wonderful Ideas, considers the value of the pedagogical approach Critical Exploration in the Classroom for nurturing a democracy of ideas and advancing assets-based practices within teacher education programs.