Conference speakers include:
Dr. Jennifer Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Education at Southern Illinois University. Dr.Hernandez earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a minor in Social Justice. As a veteran special education teacher, Dr. Hernandez worked with students in alternative educational settings. This experience guided her work in developing and implementing teaching practices that would dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline from inside the classroom. Dr. Hernandez was a Special Education Administrator in a local school district where she focused on the academic achievement gap for students of color and students with special needs. In addition to the achievement gap, discipline disproportionality within the public school system became a focus of interest. Dr. Hernandez began to train teachers in anti-bias/anti-racism work utilizing Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in all disciplines. She has also received training as a Cognitive Coaching trainer. Previously, Dr. Hernandez was a faculty member in a teacher preparation program at Quinnipiac University, focusing on Multicultural Education and Diversity Awareness.
Dr. Michael Marder has general interest in theoretical soft condensed matter physics and in education. In soft condensed matter physics his specialty is a fracture of materials. Recently he has been applying ideas from soft matter physics to gas and oil recovery from hydrofractured wells, studying fracture of geophysical formations and single and multiphase flow in fractured media. In education, his research interests lie in studying and presenting educational data, with a focus on the effects of poverty. He has carried out value-added studies of teachers and observational studies of classrooms. He is a co-founder and executive director of UTeach, a program based at UT Austin preparing STEM teachers at 44 universities across the United States. One of his most frequent teaching assignments is first-semester algebra-based physics for non-majors, now being offered as a dual-enrollment course to high school students across Texas. Another frequent teaching assignment is a course on research methods for science delivered to preservice teachers in UTeach.
Dr. Pendred “Penny” Noyce. Pendred (Penny) Noyce is a doctor, educator, and writer. She grew up in California, completed a degree in biochemistry at Harvard and a medical degree at Stanford, and did her residency in internal medicine in Minnesota. In 1991, she helped establish the Noyce Foundation in honor of her father, Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel. The foundation focuses on improving K-12 education, particularly in mathematics and science. From 1993-2002, Penny helped lead a statewide math and science improvement effort called PALMS in the state of Massachusetts. She gradually withdrew from medical practice to focus on her education work and on raising her five children. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including most recently the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, TERC, the Libra Foundation of Maine, the Concord Consortium, and the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.
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.