Torrey Kulow selected for national math fellowship

Torrey KulowThe Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) has named GSE Assistant Professor Torrey Kulow a Mathematics Fellow. The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) in Mathematics Education Fellowship is an induction program for early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education.

“I am pleased that Dr. Kulow has received this prestigious fellowship,” said GSE Dean Marvin Lynn. “She is an excellent scholar with a deep commitment to mathematics teacher education. The fellowship will allow her to further enrich her already strong research agenda.”

Kulow is completing her first year at PSU where she is a cohort leader in the Graduate Teacher Education Program, specializing in secondary mathematics. Kulow taught middle school mathematics in Massachusetts prior to getting her master’s degree and PhD in curriculum and instruction (in the area of mathematics education) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“Dr. Kulow is a promising young scholar,” said Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair Will Parnell. “She is mindfully building her agenda with passion, energy, and focus.”

AMTE is the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education. It includes over 1,000 members who support preservice education and professional development of preK–16 teachers of mathematics.

The STaR Fellows program includes a summer institute, academic year networking, and a follow-up session in conjunction with the annual AMTE meeting. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Admission to the program is competitive. Fellows are selected from a broad range of institutions and for their academic objectives. To date, 270 early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education have completed the program as STaR Fellows.

New GSE grant supports math instruction in Hillsboro

DEMIL_GrantThe Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders (DEMIL) project is a new grant that will help develop math skills in elementary students in Hillsboro School District for the 2015–16 school year. The Noyce Grant is from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which sponsors the Master Teacher Fellowship capacity building project. Principal Investigator Nicole Rigelman will lead the grant, which involves, in the first phase, two teacher leaders at each of these schools: Witch Hazel, Lincoln Street, Reedville, L. C. Tobias, Mooberry, W. Verne McKinney, and Ladd Acres Elementary Schools.

The grant, for $75,000, is the foundation of what is anticipated to be a model for developing building-based leaders who support mathematics instructional capacity. It supports professional development for teachers to focus on highly effective mathematics instructional practices. Classroom teachers are supported by teacher leaders. A second phase next year will expand the concept to more teachers and include PSU teacher candidates as well. Teachers who persist will be able to earn an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL) specialization through PSU. Continue reading

Fifth annual GSE math lecture series

The Graduate School of Education announced this spring’s guest speakers in the annual seminar series, “Addressing diversity: Alternative forms of knowledge construction process in mathematics.” This popular series takes a look at how other cultures approach mathematics and how math can inform social justice issues.

From menstruation to triathlons: Teaching ethnomathematics as a community college professor
John Kellermeier, PhD
Department of Mathematics
Tacoma Community College, 
Tacoma, WA

Friday, May 14, 2010, 4 p.m.
Terrell Hall 122, PCC Cascade Campus
705 N. Killingsworth St

Nesting in Nepantla:  Rethinking teaching and teacher education with an eye towards uncertainty
Rochelle Gutierrez, PhD
partment of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
ity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, 6:30pm, May 20, 2010
PSU 304 Urban Center Building
506 SW Mill Street, Portland

For more information, please contact Swapna Mukhopadhyay or Ann Sitomer