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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. Most recently, Linda served as the director of the Mathematics Education Unit at Education Northwest, in Portland, Oregon.

Linda brings a strong equity focus to her work 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

Publications

  • 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. and C. Gates (2005). Paraeducator professional development curriculum module V: Assisting the teacher in the instruction of mathematics. Portland, OR, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.
  • 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.
  • Articles
  • 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. and R. Barton (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, fromhttp://legacy.nationalserviceresources.org/learns/tutor/spr2006/spr2006.pdf

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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