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Distinguished Lecturers Series

CRMSE's Distinguished Lecturers Series gives leading educators and researchers a forum to discuss key issues and emerging strategies in mathematics and science education. The series is designed to bring the science, education and business communities together to encourage conversations about the future of science and math education.


Distinguished Lecturer 2016 Series

2016 Distinguished Lecturer Series
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez, Professor of Mathematics Education, Department of Curriculum & Instructions, Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Gutiérrez presented: 

Subversive Teaching: Mathematics Teachers Using Creative Insubordination to Address Social Justice

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Abstract: Most teachers strive to make a positive impact on all of their students, but schooling contexts can change that. High stakes testing, Response to Intervention initiatives, Race to the Top campaigns, Common Core State Standards, new teacher evaluation systems, and the latest packaged reforms can keep teachers from acting on what is in the best interest of students and their learning.  Even when teachers do not agree with a school policy or they face colleagues who hold low expectations for students, they may not feel prepared to take a stand.  After all, most teacher education programs do not focus on preparing their graduates for the politics of school contexts or knowing how to strategically take risks in their teaching.  So, what might the work of teaching look like if teachers had professional development in the area of the politics of teaching?  How might they view their roles as teachers and what actions might they take?

With funding from the National Science Foundation, I have been working with a group of teachers over the past 6 years to develop their political knowledge and their propensity to take risks on behalf of their students.  These teachers advocate for their historically marginalized students (students who are Black, Latin@, emergent bilinguals, recent immigrants, etc.) to learn rigorous, creative, and meaningful mathematics and to develop more robust mathematical identities. I will report on the politics of teaching mathematics; the ways in which these teachers view the profession and their roles within it; as well as how they interact with colleagues, administrators, and others so that they are successful in advocating for youth and themselves.

Reception: 4:00-4:30 PM
Lecture: 4:30-6:00 PM

Location: Montezuma Lounge (reception) and Theatre (lecture), Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

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Rochelle Gutierrez


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 Rochelle Gutiérrez's Distingushed Lecturer Talk


Distinguished Lecturer 2015

2015 Distinguished Lecturer Series
April 28, 2015

Guest Speaker: Dr. Helen Quinn, Emerita Professor of Physics at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, member of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the science workgroup at Stanford’s Understanding Language project.

Dr. Quinn presented: 

How Science Classes Can Contribute to Language Learning and How Language Learners Can Contribute to Science Classes

Abstract: Dr. Quinn talked about how the NGSS- oriented science classroom is rich in experiences with phenomena and in student-to-student discourse. These are exactly the conditions needed for language learning. Hence with appropriate teacher attention to inclusion and language demands the science classroom is an ideal venue for supporting language development.

Reception: 5:00-5:30 PM
Lecture: 5:30-6:30 PM

Location: Arts & Sciences 101, SDSU Campus 

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Dr. Helen Quinn

Helen Quinn's Distingushed Lecturer Talk (in four parts)

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Past Distinguished Lecturer

2014 Distinguished Lecturer Series
June 2, 2014

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, CEO & Co-Founder, "youcubed",  presented:

The Mindset Revolution:  Teaching mathematics for a growth mindset. 

Abstract. In recent years scientific studies have demonstrated that student and teacher ‘mindsets’ have a profound impact on learning. Students with a ‘growth mindset’ (Dweck, 2006) who believe that intelligence and ‘smartness’ can be learned and that the brain can grow from exercise learn more effectively, displaying a desire for challenge and showing resilience in the face of failure. Such behaviors encourage greater math persistence, engagement and high achievement. Mathematics teachers play a critical role in the development of mindsets and this session will review the ways to teach for a growth mindset, including attention to classroom norms, math tasks, questions and assessment.

In this session Jo highlighted some of the work she has been doing around mindset, mathematics and the promotion of equity, and engaged everybody in thinking about ways to take the work forward.

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Reception: 3:45-4:30 PM
Lecture: 4:30-6:00 PM

Location: Arts & Sciences 201, SDSU Campus

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Biography: Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and founder of youcubed. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex, England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. She is the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), and the author of seven books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2009) Penguin, US, and The Elephant in the Classroom (2010) Souvenir Press, UK. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning for teachers and parents, a White House presenter and an advisor to the PISA team at the OECD.


Jo Boaler

Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez, Spring 2016 DL

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