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Drexel CASTLE Seminar with Catherine Paolucci, PhD, Associate Professor

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Re-Conceptualizing Mathematics Education to Build a More Inclusive STEM Community with Catherine Paolucci, Ph.D., Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz and 2017-2018 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

Seminar Abstract:
Social, political, and cultural factors play an important role in mathematics education and shape students’ beliefs about their own potential for further studies and careers in STEM fields. This presentation will address some of the challenges created by these factors in a range of educational contexts, with a particular focus on the barriers they can create for students from diverse backgrounds. During this interactive discussion, we will also explore concrete examples of how mathematics teachers and teacher educators can turn these challenges into opportunities to engage their students and colleagues in new ways to promote rich, integrated STEM learning.

About Dr. Paolucci:
Catherine Paolucci is a 2017-2018 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation and an Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz, where she holds a joint appointment between the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Teaching and Learning. Prior to joining SUNY New Paltz, she led development of Ireland’s first undergraduate degree program in mathematics education at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she also helped to create a national professional development program for mathematics teachers throughout Ireland. She has become increasingly involved with education policy at the local, state, and national levels, including serving as an education policy advisor in the US Senate during her year as the 2016-2017 American Mathematical Society Congressional Fellow. Catherine’s research interests are driven by a commitment to exploring innovative ways to both increase engagement in STEM education and prepare teachers to educate and empower students in underserved communities. This is highlighted in recent work exploring ways to enhance mathematical learning in a New York City public school with 3-D design and 3-D printing, and her development of the International Mathematics Enrichment Project (IMEP), which engages future teachers in the collaborative design and delivery of a mathematics enrichment program for children in South Africa.

About Drexel's Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence:
The mission of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) is to employ an interdisciplinary research approach to generate knowledge that will support improved STEM education at all levels — from Kindergarten through Faculty. CASTLE research and innovation will serve as the foundation for the Center’s work with the primary stakeholders: faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, future teachers, and K-12 students. CASTLE will become an international leader in supporting inquiry-oriented STEM instruction through research, outreach and dissemination that directly impacts the university, our local schools, and national discourse in STEM education and improvement.

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