What research are you currently working on?
Currently, in my role as a Research Scientist in the Lastinger Center for Learning, I am engaged in 4 major areas of research. Drawing on my background in mathematics education research, in a collaborative role with the mathematics education team, I am leading a study of the impact of the Math Matrix—an online, asynchronous professional learning system for K–12 mathematics teachers—on teacher mathematical knowledge for teaching and self-efficacy for teaching mathematics, with a smaller focus on distal impact on student mathematics achievement. Extending from my mathematics education background, and my quantitative research background, I am also leading a research study on the landscape of mathematics education in Florida, drawing on perspectives from teachers, administrators, parents, business/community leaders, politicians, students, and other stakeholders as part of the Lastinger Center Listening Tour (you can read about it here and here).
This involves a mixed methods approach, using data from surveys and focus group interviews to make sense of the current perspectives, needs, and challenges to support on-going policy development to support improvement of mathematics education in Florida. Third, I am working with the New Worlds Reading Initiative team to develop and refine parent surveys of their experience as participants in the program, as well as self-report of impacts on their relationship to reading with their child at home. This also extends to an investigation of associations between participation in New Worlds Reading Initiative (NWRI) and student reading achievement, as measured by the state FAST assessments. For the final major component, I am drawing heavily on my user experience research background to support the Flamingo Literacy Micro-Credentials program to make sense of behavioral log data by investigating trends in time spent on different program components to detect learner user disengagement that would inform early intervention to improve course completion rates and learner success.