Sally K. Roberts

Sally K. Roberts
Assistant Professor, Research (Office of Research)
297 Education

Office Hours: Best way to contact me is via email.


Education
  • Ed.D.,  Curriculum & Instruction, Curriculum & Instruction, Wayne State University, 1995 
  • M.A., Elementary Education,  Wayne State University, 1972 
  • B.A., Elementary Education,  Alma College,  1969
  • Michigan Elementary Permanent Teaching Certificate

Biography

Dr. Sally Roberts was a mathematics specialist and elementary school teacher in the Detroit Public Schools for 23 years prior to coming to Wayne State University. Dr. Roberts has a special interest in elementary and middle school mathematics education. Her research interests include mathematical problem solving; the teaching and learning of geometry; and the women and girls participation and access to STEM related careers. Dr. Roberts has made conference presentations on these topics a the national, state and local level and has published articles on these topics in Teaching Children Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

Dr. Roberts is the Director of the GO-GIRL (Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life) program at Wayne State University. The program serves adolescent girls from the community and provides a service learning experience for undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors College.

Responsibilities

Director for the GO-GIRL (Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life) program. For more information about the program visit the GO-GIRL web site at: 

http://www.gogirls.wayne.edu

Academic Interests

  1. The development of the pedogogical content knowledge of elementary and middle school teachers
  2. Mathematics teaching and learning in early childhood
  3. Mathematical representations and models

Area Of Expertise

  1. Early childhood mathematics
  2. Mathematical reasoning in elementary and middle school

Research Interests

  1. Mathematical problem solving
  2. Teaching and learning of geometry
  3. Development of the mathematical understandings of teachers
  4. Women and girls participation and access to STEM related education and careers

Community Engagement Activities

GO-GIRL (Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life).

Grants

Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life through Health Related STEM Disciplines
2011 - 2016
This science research education project aims to increase high school girls’ interest in and capacity for STEM disciplines through a coordinated set of activities including a summer academy, parent support, and a year round mentoring program.

STRONG (Self-Theories Research Enables New Growth)
2010 - 2012

GO-GIRL Opertion KiT (Keeping in Touch)
2009 - 2011

GO-GIRL Opertion KiT (Keeping in Touch)
2008 - 2009

Supporting culturally responsive practice through alternative field experiences for teacher candidates
2006 - 2007

Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life
2006 - 2007

GO-GIRL Demonstration Program Grant
2006 - 2007

GO-GIRL Urban Partnerships
2005 - 2007
This award lead to the dissemination of the GO-GIRL Program at 5 sister institutions: University of Pennsylvania; Howard, Washington DC; Illinois Wesleyan, Bloomington, IL; Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL; and St. Joseph's College, CT.

Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life
2006 - 2007

Girls Exploring Mathematics Through Social Science
2004 - 2005

Awards & Honors

2011
University Faculty Service Award

2008
College of Education Outstanding Educator Award

2007
Third Annual Kathleen Reilly Koory Endowed Faculty Development Award

2004
Detroit Area Council of Mathematics, Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year

1998
College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award

1995
Wayne State University Presidential Award

1994
Wayne State University Presidential Award

1993
Wayne State University Presidential Award

Presentations

Urban Partnerships: Serving black communities through relevant university-based mentor learning experiences
*Roberts, S. K.* 2009 American Educational Research Association

Understanding the political and practical Impacts of service learning: Analyzing culturally responsive girl-empowerment programs
Willimas, N., *Roberts, S. K.*, Brown, R. N. 2007 American Educational Research Association

Culturally competent teachers: Following up alternative preservice field experiences within a culturally rich girls' Saturday academy
Willimas, N., *Roberts, S. K.* 2006 American Educational Research Association

Powerful girls and strong teaching: Girl empowerment programs which serve as community field experiences
Willimas, N., *Roberts, S. K.* 2005 American Educational Research Association

Girls explore mathematics through social science
Reid, P., *Roberts, S.* & Stubbs, J. 2004 National Science Foundation Division of Human Resource Development

Promoting equity and access through a community service learning field experiences
*Roberts, S. K.*, Willimas, K. & Snyder, J. 2004 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Implications of a laptop initiative in a teacher education program
Waker, M., *Roberts, S.*, Babcock, E., & Colombo, M. 2004 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education

Metacognitive journals: Thinking about thinking
*Roberts, S. K.* & Tayeh, C. 2003 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Mathematics, literature, and problem solving: Making connections in the primary grades
*Roberts, S. K.*, Williamson, A., & Nowosad, S. 2001 Association for Childhood Education International

Publications

Coming Full Circle
*Roberts, S. K.*, Borum, V. 9 2012 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 18(2)

All these rays! What's the point?
*Roberts, S. K*, Tayeh, Carla 2011 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 16(7)

The important thing about teaching problem solving
*Roberts, S. K.* 2010 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 16(2)

The conceptual chicken and the procedural egg
*Roberts, S. K.* 2010 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 16(4)

Assessing understanding through mathematical reasoning books
*Roberts, S. K.* & Tayeh, C. 2010 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 15(7)

Watch what you say
*Roberts, S.* 2008 Teaching Children Mathematics 14(5)

On my mind: Not all manipulatives and models are created equally
*Roberts, S.* 2007 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades 13(1)

It's the thought that counts: Reflecting on problem solving
*Roberts, S.* & Tayeh, C. 2006 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades 12(5)

Gaining options: A mathematics program for potentially talented at-risk adolescent girls
Reid, P. T. & *Roberts, S. K.* 2006 Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 52(2)

Increasing Student Access to Qualified Science and Mathematics Through an Urban School-University Partnership
Cavallo. A., Ferraria, M. & *Roberts, S.* 2005 School Science and Mathematics 105 (7)

Snack math
*Roberts, S. K.* 2003 Teaching Children Mathematics 9(5)

150 years in the heart of Detroit