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Linda Griffin

Assistant Professor, Program Director

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Linda Griffin has been a mathematics educator serving K-12 students, teachers, and the broader education community for over 25 years. Her career began as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school level in Tucson, Arizona. Following her classroom experience, she worked at the University of Arizona on a series of mathematics education projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Linda also served as the director of the Mathematics Education Unit at Education Northwest, in Portland, Oregon.

 Here at Lewis & Clark, Linda brings a strong equity focus to her work in preservice elementary mathematics and clinical practices. Her recent research includes work in culturally responsive supervision and dialogic teaching in mathematics.

Her dissertation research examined the effect of a middle school instructional enrichment program on the attitudes of female students towards mathematics and technology. She has experience designing and implementing extracurricular activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for Native American and Mexican-American girls. She has also worked with parents to increase their involvement in mathematics. Linda has provided professional development for mathematics teachers with a focus on the needs of English language learners.

As a faculty member at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School, Linda is dedicated to improving mathematics education by providing rich and challenging instructional experiences for pre-service elementary teachers.

Personal Statement

“Teaching mathematics well is a complex endeavor, and there are no easy recipes for helping all students learn or for helping all teachers become effective. …To be effective, teachers must know and understand deeply the mathematics they are teaching and be able to draw on that knowledge with flexibility in their teaching tasks. They need to understand and be committed to their students as learners of mathematics and as human beings and be skillful in choosing from and using a variety of pedagogical and assessment strategies.” (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000)

Areas of Expertise

K-12 Mathematics, Reform in K-12 Mathematics Education, Equity in Mathematics Education, Learning Progressions in Mathematics, Early Childhood Mathematics, English Language Learners and Mathematics, Culturally Responsive Supervision, Dialogic Teaching in Mathematics.

Publications

Articles:

  • Griffin, L., Watson, D., & Liggett, T. (in press) “‘I Didn’t See it as a Cultural Thing’: Supervisors of Student Teachers Define and Describe Culturally Responsive Supervision.” Democracy and Education.
  • Griffin, L. (2015). “How Do How Do We Improve Elementary Math Education? It Starts in High School.” The Source. AdvancEd, Spring, 2015. http://www.advanc-ed.org/source/howdo-we-improve-elementary-math-education-it-starts-high-school
  • Griffin, L. & Ward, D. (2014/2015). “Teachable Moments in Math” Educational Leadership.72(4): 34-40.
  • Griffin, L. & Allen, K. (2014) “Hidden Benefits of On-Line Pre-Assessment.” The Oregon Mathematics Teacher. May/June, 2014: 11-13.
  • Griffin, L. (in press) “Tackling Decimal Misconceptions: Strategic Instructional Choices.” Teaching Children Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Griffin, L. (2013). “Like a window: What do elementary preservice teachers gain from the experience of conducting mathematics clinical interviews?” The Oregon Mathematics Teacher. September/October, 2013: 13-15.
  • Griffin, L. & Barton, R. (2010). “Sharing success: Video study groups focus on ELL learning.” AccELLerate! The quarterly newsletter of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition 2(3): 7.
  • Griffin, L. & Barton R. (2009). “Improving mathematics instruction for ELL students.” NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership 11(1): 21-24.
  • Stepanek, J., Gates, C., Griffin, L., & Leong, M. (2006). “I really can do math! Developing mathematical skills in elementary students.” The Tutor. Retrieved December 10, 2009, from http://legacy.nationalserviceresources.org/learns/tutor/spr2006/spr2006.pdf
  • Griffin, L. (1997). “Follow the Pattern.” It’s about T. I. M. E.: Technology in Mathematics Education. 9(1): 1, 4-7.

Books:

  • Stepanek, J., Leong, M., Griffin, L., & Lavelle, L. (2011). Teaching by design in elementary mathematics: Grades K-1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Stepanek, J., Leong, M., Griffin, L., & Lavelle, L. (2011). Teaching by design in elementary mathematics: Grades 2-3. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Stepanek, J., Leong, M., Griffin, L., & Lavelle, L. (2011). Teaching by design in elementary mathematics: Grades 4-5. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Griffin, L., & DeMoss, G. (1998). Problem of the week: A fresh approach to problem solving (Grade 6). Grand Rapids, MI: Instructional Fair/TS Denison.
  • Griffin, L., & DeMoss, G. (1998). Problem of the week: A fresh approach to problem solving (Grade 7). Grand Rapids, MI: Instructional Fair/TS Denison.
  • Griffin, L., & DeMoss, G. (1998). Problem of the week: A fresh approach to problem solving (Grade 8). Grand Rapids, MI: Instructional Fair/TS Denison.
  • Griffin, L., & DeMoss, G. (1998). What are my chances? Exploring the laws of probability. Grand Rapids, MI: Instructional Fair/TS Denison.

Presentations

Recent presentations:

  • Griffin, L., Watson, D., & Liggett, T. (April 2015) I Didn’t See it as a Cultural Thing”: Student Teacher Supervisors Define Culturally Responsive Supervision.” Session for AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Griffin, L. (2014, April). What Mathematics Teachers Can Do to Promote Success with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners. Presentation given at Washington Association of Bilingual Educators Annual Conference, Tacoma, WA.
  • Griffin, L. (2014, October). Promoting Success in Middle and High School Mathematics for English Language Learners. Presentation given at the Northwest Mathematics Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Griffin, L. (2014, June). Toolkit for Understanding the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Presentation given to instructional staff of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Portland, OR.
  • Griffin, L., Watson, D., & Swingen, C. (2013, April) Professional development for Lewis & Clark MAT supervisors: Providing growth-producing feedback and supporting a struggling intern. Portland, OR.
  • Griffin, L. & Polzin, A. (2013, November). Promoting success in high school mathematics for English language learners. Webinar presentation given for Jobs for the Future: Education for Economic Opportunity. Archived at http://www.jff.org/
  • Griffin, L. (2013, June). Assessment and Common Core State Standards in kindergarten. Webinar presentation given for Plainfield, New Jersey School District. Archived at http://www.educationnorthwest.org
  • Griffin, L. (2012, September). Assessing Mathematical Understanding: Preparing Preservice Teachers to Use One-on-One Mathematics Interviews with Students in the Primary Grades. Presentation given at the Annual Conference of the Teachers of Teachers of Mathematics (TOTOM), Ashland, OR.
  • Griffin, L. & Deussen, T. (2010, May). Improving math instruction for ELLs.  Webinar presentation given for the National Clearinghouse for English Acquisition (NCELA). Archived at http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/webinars/event/22/
  • Griffin, L. (2010, April). Assessing mathematical understanding: Using one-on-one mathematics interviews with grades K–2 students. Presentation given at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA.

Academic Credentials

Ed.D. 2006 Northern Arizona University, M.A. 1994 University of Arizona, B.A. 1981 University of California, Davis

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