Conference speakers include:
Craig Willey is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Teacher Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as the Coordinator of the Urban Elementary Education program. His research focuses on 1) teachers’ design and implementation of mathematics discourse communities with urban students, primarily Latinas/os; 2) the ways teachers mine and leverage children’s community and cultural knowledge to make sense of math; 3) the development and incorporation of curricular features that provide bilingual learners better access to mathematical ideas and opportunities to engage meaningfully; and 4) the limitations and affordances of a school-university partnership model of urban teacher development. Much of Dr. Willey's research has been, and continues to be, done in bilingual contexts, including Dual Language classrooms and schools. He is Editor of the journal Teaching for Equity and Excellence in Mathematics (TEEM) and Associate Editor of the International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education. From 2006-2011, he was a Research Fellow with the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Prior to joining CEMELA at UIC, Dr. Willey completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University and taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math in Denver Public Schools' Bilingual Education program.
Dr. Tiffany Anderson, a Kansas resident for many years, has been a public school educator for 24 years and the majority of that time has been as a superintendent. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps in rural, urban and in suburban public school districts. The Washington Post and NPR referenced Dr. Anderson as, “The superintendent who made schools work for poor children.” After successfully serving as an assistant superintendent in the 23,000 Rockwood School District in St. Louis County which is accredited with distinction, Dr. Anderson began her role as the first female and first African American superintendent in Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, a district that served 23 schools in 4 different localities. During her tenure, the district moved from having 7 schools accredited to having all schools accredited under her leadership. Additionally, under her leadership, multiple schools were recognized under the Virginia Governor’s Competence to Excellence Award. Dr. Anderson led numerous initiatives aimed at college preparation while in Montgomery County. Most notably, her work in closing the achievement gaps and her early college initiatives improved the district’s programs and course offerings. When Dr. Anderson moved back to Missouri, she continued her work with eliminating achievement gaps in leading University Academy, a college prep academy that she led to being accredited with distinction. In July 2012, Dr. Anderson joined the Jennings School District as Superintendent. Under Dr. Anderson’s leadership, the Jennings School District regained full accreditation, a distinction the district lost decades ago. Jennings has become a national model of excellence in serving the whole child. They have met a 93% graduation rate and 100% of their graduates are placed in a postsecondary school, the military or in a job. On July 1, 2016 Dr. Anderson became the first African American female leading the 14,000 Topeka Public Schools, in Topeka, Kansas where the landmark Brown vs. Board case ended legal segregation.
Dr. Sandra Richardson is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources. Prior to her position at NSF, she served as an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA and previously held a joint faculty appointment in Department of Mathematics and Department of Teacher Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Dillard University, where she was a student in LS-LAMP during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She later earned both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Purdue University. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and received her Ph.D. at the age of 23. Dr. Richardson discussed the status of the Robert Noyce Program and share the organization’s plans for the future.
Dr. Monica Medina is Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, in the School of Education. Her professional interests center on urban schools, specifically the damaging effects of poverty, that disadvantage, disenfranchised and dispossess students, their families, and the community. Instructional and curriculum innovation defines her teaching, service, and research through three distinct, but intersecting components: urban school transformation, democratic citizenship, and social justice. She has also worked extensively in the development of school and community relationships and the operations of full service community schools. She assisted in the reopening of the George Washington Community High School (GWCS), and the development of a full service community school. She teach her courses at the high school, which allows students, preservice teachers an opportunity to create genuine encounters among students, teachers, community leaders, and culturally diverse families. In 2012, Dr. Medina became a partner of The Midwest Center for University-Assisted Community Schools at IUPUI to provide technical assistance and training for school communities and universities throughout the Midwest in developing and enhancing collaborative engagement. At the conference, Dr. Medina presented an overview of innovative pedagogical strategies to introduce crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas while incorporating neighborhood and community elements into STEM curriculum. (pdf)
Dr. Kim S. Nguyen is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of several National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) active awards, including five Noyce grants, two Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) awards and IUPUI Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP). She is the founding director for operations and had served the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 2006 through 2016. During her years of employment at IUPUI, Dr. Nguyen also served as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management in the Purdue School of Science for 15 years. Dr. Nguyen earned her doctor of education degree from Indiana University and has worked in higher education administration at community college, private university and public research institution since 1976. Her areas of expertise include student recruitment and retention, STEM educational outreach, collaborative partnership cultivation and project management. Currently, Dr. Nguyen collaborates with Chicago State University and Argonne National Laboratory to establish a pilot center of excellence, the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) that is funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Nguyen led the PI session at the conference.