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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.


Recent Distinguished Lecturer

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.

Scroll down to watch the video of her presentation below.

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.


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