Developing a Deep Understanding of Elementary School Mathematics: A Staff Development Partnership

By Allen Lias, Sandra Krivak-Fowler, Gregory Holdan and Mark Maxwell.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A Math and Science Partnership is helping teachers develop a deeper understanding of elementary school mathematics and the pedagogical skills necessary to reach their students.

Keywords: Professional Development, Community of Learners, Elementary, Mathematics, Education, Partnership, Inquiry, Deep Understanding, Pedagogy

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp.73-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 853.114KB).

Dr. Allen Lias

Allen R. Lias is presently Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Mathematics Professor at Robert Morris University, located in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been at RMU for 16 years. He is a Co-Principal Investigator and Mathematics team leader for a National Science Foundation Comprehensive Grant to improve K-16 mathematics and science education. He holds a Ph.D in Mathematics Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in Teaching — Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are teaching strategies and learning styles.

Sandra Krivak-Fowler

Dr Sandy Krivak-Fowler earned her BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Toledo in 1990. She completed a Masters Degree in Administration at Duquesne University in 1996 concurrently earning her Elementary Principal Certification. Dr Fowler earned her doctorate in Education at Duquesne University in 2001. Her dissertation and related research are in the area of growth-oriented teacher evaluation practices. She began her career in the Franklin Regional School District teaching three years as a teacher of the gifted grades 4-6 and another three teaching all content areas in sixth grade. In 1996, Dr Fowler became an elementary school principal in the Plum Borough School District and then returned to Franklin Regional as the principal of Sloan Elementary School for five years. Dr Fowler accepted a professorship at Robert Morris University in 2002, where she has works as an assistant professor in the elementary education department teaching various methods courses and facilitating student teaching seminars. In addition to her university activities, Dr Fowler also works closely with the Southwest Pennsylvania Math and Science Collaborative, School Performance Network, and is actively involved with ASSET, Inc. and their Inquiry-Science Endorsement.

Dr. Gregory Holdan

Before coming to Robert Morris University, Dr E. Gregory Holdan taught mathematics and Computer Science for 31 years in the Mt. Lebanon School District, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also has taught mathematics and education courses for Duquesne University and Penn State University. He holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University

Mark Maxwell

Mark Maxwell is Mathematics Department Head, program director of Actuarial Science and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at Robert Morris University. He earned his ASA credential in 2003 and his PhD. from Oregon State University in 1994. Other than quality teaching, his interest includes baseball, bridge and bowling.

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