2020 Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education

Monday, February 24, 2020 | Dr. Amanda Jansen, Professor of Mathematics Education University of Delaware
Free and Open to the Public


Research Talk: Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Instructional Practices that Motivate and Engage Students
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
UNCG Elliott University Center, Claxton Room
— Dr. Jansen will present a framework of mathematics instructional practices that have the potential to motivate and engage high school students along dimensions of academic support and social support. She will describe the development of an observation tool for investigating engaging mathematics instruction at the secondary level that she developed with her research team (SMiLES: Secondary Mathematics in-the-moment Longitudinal Engagement Study, funded by the National Science Foundation). She will also share emerging results about which of these instructional practices co-occurred with productive student engagement in-the-moment in ninth-grade classrooms in six schools across two states.

Connecting Research and Practice Talk: Rough Draft Math, Welcoming In-Progress Thinking and Revising During Math Class
5:30 – 7 pm
UNCG Elliott University Center, Alexander Room
— We will reflect upon and participate in instructional practices that welcome students to share and develop their rough draft thinking during mathematics class. Rough draft thinking happens when students share their unfinished, in-progress ideas and remain open to revising those ideas. Teachers can create a classroom culture that invites rough draft thinking, select and implement tasks that allow students to develop their understanding, and foster explicit opportunities to revise thinking. Based on the work of classroom teachers, rough draft thinking has the potential to provide a re-humanizing learning experience for students when teachers elevate and build upon the potential in students’ thinking.


Amanda Jansen Yopp Series
Dr. Amanda Jansen

Dr. Amanda Jansen is a Professor in the mathematics education program area in the School of Education at the University of Delaware where she teaches future elementary and secondary teachers. Dr. Jansen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. She started her career as a junior high mathematics teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. Her research focuses on students’ engagement with mathematics and understanding how pre-service teachers learn to teach mathematics. She is a co-author of Motivation Matters and Interest Counts, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and her new book, Rough Draft Math, will be published by Stenhouse in Spring 2020.

This talk is hosted by the UNCG Mathematics Education Group in the UNC Greensboro School of Education with generous support from the James D. and Johanna F. Yopp Endowment.

For disability accommodations, contact Vicki Jacobs at vrjacobs@uncg.edu or 336-334-4667.

John H Cook Society

Enrichment funds can be the reason a student with a financial emergency completes a course, a promising researcher presents at a conference, or a pre-service teacher has the ability to experience international travel. Enrichment funds are made possible through gifts from donors — many of whom are members of the John H. Cook Society — who want to meet the greatest needs of the School of Education or a department. They know the impact of their gifts will be felt by every student or faculty member, every day. 

We thank the following donors for their gifts to the School of Education Enrichment Fund:

Mrs. Martha Roe Davis and Mr. Carl Davis
Dr. Diane L. Frost and Mr. Steve J. Frost
Mrs. Pam Powell and Mr. Robert W. Powell

Mrs. Linda Wooten and Mr. Billy J. Wooten

And for their gift to the Moss Street Partnership School’s Enrichment Fund, we thank Mrs. Devon Currie and Mr. Cameron Prevatte.

Learn more: John H. Cook Society

A group of 16 preservice teachers and three faculty members from Shanghai Normal University in China visited Northwood Elementary School and Ferndale Middle School in Guilford County Schools (GCS) during January 13-24, 2020. This is the second year that Northwood and Ferndale collaborated with the UNC Greensboro School of Education for this intercultural exchange.

shanghai normal northwood visit 2020

With the support from administrators and teachers from GCS and the two schools, these preservice teachers not only had the opportunity to observe classes and learn from experienced teachers from the schools, but also planned and taught lessons to engage with learners in both schools. In Northwood Elementary School, the preservice teachers from China shared tea culture through a collaborative lesson planned and taught with teachers from Northwood.

With the commitment to bring the world to Guilford County, the Global Language Department at GCS works closely with UNC Greensboro in both international teacher exchange and dual language teacher preparation. During 2015-2016, for example, eight GCS teachers participated in the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad program led by faculty from UNC Greensboro.

Currently, with the support from the Department of Education’s National Professional Development grant, GCS teachers also have the opportunity to participate in online professional development and add-on licensure program at UNC Greensboro to be better prepared to work with students and families from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

To learn more about the current collaboration project, please visit enacted.uncg.edu.

Dr. Sophia Rodriguez, along with colleagues at the University of South Carolina, Auburn, The Citadel, and College of Charleston in the areas of education, sociology, history/Public History and social work, have united to launch a regional organization called the Southeast Immigration Studies Association (SEISA). Dr. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department at the UNC Greensboro School of Education.

“SEISA brings together scholars, practitioners, and community-based activists together in our current anti-immigrant times in an effort to promote equity for immigrant students,” Dr. Rodriguez says. “In addition to co-founding this organization, we have planned an exciting annual conference.” 

SEISA’s inaugural conference will take place February 20-22, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. The theme of the conference is “Current Trends in Immigration Research and Activism.”

Dr. Rodriguez is very proud of this effort to bring immigration issues in the Southeast to the forefront in an effort to promote equity for immigrant children and families. Additionally, she highlights the efforts of her PhD students Marina Lambrinou (ELC) and Cathryn Bennett (TEHE), who will be presenting exciting theoretical work at the SEISA conference in Charleston next month. 

Dr. Rodriguez thanks UNC Greensboro for supporting this work to grow a coalition of equity-minded scholars, activists, and practitioners in the southeast. 

Learn more about SEISA and its annual conference here.

ICRCM TEHE story hour

For the duration of 2020, the Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education (TEHE) has arranged a partnership between TEHE and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. This initiative was organized by Ryan Hughes, an assistant professor in the TEHE department.

The partnership allows TEHE preservice elementary teacher education students to teach the “Saturday Story Hour” events at the museum, a bi-weekly educational event free to K-5 students. Each Story Hour is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Leading Story Hour at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum gives preservice teachers a safe and supportive environment to teach young children about the core content of ICRCM’s mission — such as race, cultural diversity, and historical injustices — content that beginning preservice elementary school teachers often don’t get opportunities to teach.

Each month of story hour in 2020 is organized around a topic/theme selected by the museum. Learn more at sitinmovement.org.