Jennifer M. Lewis
Office Hours: By appointment.
- Ph.D., Teacher education and mathematics education, 2007, University of Michigan
- M.A., Educational psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
- B.A., Development studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
- Teacher certification in multiple subjects, English, Social Studies
I conduct research in mathematics teacher education, and teach courses in teacher preparation and the study of teacher preparation. I provide professional development for Detroit teachers in public, charter, and private schools. In addition, I direct the TeachDETROIT program http://coe.wayne.edu/teach-detroit, a new teacher education program designed specifically to prepare teachers for working in Detroit schools.
Area Of Expertise
Teacher learning; professional development; mathematics education.
My work centers on how teachers learn about teaching and learn mathematics from and for their daily work. I study the practices that lead to equitable outcomes in mathematics learning for all children, and what it takes for teachers to be able to do that given the constraints and resources of routine classroom settings. One area of my research investigates high-quality mathematics teaching, and what we can learn from teachers who conduct high-quality instruction in high-poverty schools for children of color. I also work on observational instruments for appraising the quality of mathematics instruction, in addition to other measures of teacher knowledge and performance. Currently I lead a number of lesson study groups and am interested in studying what this type of professional development may contribute to teacher learning as distinct from other forms of professional development.
I also think of the courses I teach as a laboratory for studying teaching and learning. I am fortunate to teach courses that mirror my research interests and so the overlap between what and how I teach, with what and how I do research, is often quite synergistic.
- Teaching Mathematics to Elementary and Middle School Students, ELE 6390
- Theoretical Perspectives on Learning Mathematics, MAE 8550
- Teacher Learning in Mathematics, MAE 8550
- Detroit Familes, Schools, and Community, ELE 6070
- Clinical Experiences in Detroit Schools, TED 5150
- Clinical Experiences in Detroit Schools, TED 5790
Community Engagement Activities
The elementary math methods class I teach, ELE 6390, meets weekly in a local school site where we work with children from Detroit Public Schools and local charter schools to enrich their mathematics instruction. This is also a venue for learning to teach mathematics. We hold a Family Math Night every semester so that preservice teachers can gain experience interacting with families and caregivers in the context of conducting engaging mathematics activities for the children at the school and their families.