Research Team

Dr. Toya Frank - Principal Investigator - Dr. Frank is an assistant professor in the Mathematics Education Leadership (MEL) and Secondary Education programs. She currently teaches the mathematics methods courses for prospective secondary mathematics teachers as well as Ph.D.-level courses in MEL. Frank received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Mathematics Education and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Curriculum Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research explores issues of equity and access to advanced mathematics for underrepresented students, secondary mathematics teacher preparation, and using sociocultural frameworks to understand mathematics classroom interaction and participation. Frank is a former high school mathematics teacher and department chair who worked in Maryland and Florida public schools, as well as a former educational consultant for clients including DC Public Schools and ACT, Inc

Dr. Jenice L. View - co-Principal Investigator
- Dr. View is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University. Her work includes the critical teaching and learning of history, critical pedagogy in teacher professional development, and Black teachers. Her ongoing project “Learning Historic Places with Diverse Populations,” explores the uses of place-based learning with students of color. Her curriculum design and teacher professional development work in Mississippi to teach the civil rights movement has impacted 14 school districts. She is creator and host of “Urban Education: Issues and Solutions,” an award-winning GMU-TV cable television program. In addition to publishing a range of scholarly articles and book chapters, she is a co-editor of the book Why public schools? Voices from the United States and Canada, and co-editor of the award-winning book Putting the movement back into civil rights teaching: A resource guide for classrooms and communities. She holds degrees from Syracuse University, Princeton University, and the Union Institute and University.

Dr. Marvin G. Powell - Methodologist -
is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. He received a Ph.D. in Educational Research, specializing in Research, Measurement and Statistics, from the University of North Texas. Powell teaches Ph.D.-level quantitative methods courses, focusing on measurement development and validation, and statistical applications. He conducts research in the assessment of the psychometric properties of educational and psychological instruments using a range of latent trait analyses: structural equation modelling and item response theory. He is also interested researching the use of humor as an andragogic tool in reducing statistical anxiety and increasing statistical self-efficacy in social science students.

Chris Lee is a doctoral student and a graduate research assistant in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her primary specialization is in Research Methodology. Chris has research interests in item response theory and survey development, early childhood education and health, and federally funded programs for low-income children and families. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and a MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Laurie Capen is a Dean's Scholar and graduate research assistant at George Mason University. She is pursuing a PhD in Mathematics Education Leadership. Her research interests focus on access and equity in STEM at the secondary and undergraduate levels. A former naval officer, high school teacher and principal, she has a BS in History and Political Science from the U. S. Naval Academy, MA in Curriculum and Instruction-Secondary Mathematics from George Washington University and is completing a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University.




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  1. All these professors have a great achievement in different programs. Your research can help to teachers and students. Many students continuously struggle in grasping mathematical concepts. In fact, students often turn to Math tuition for additional help. In that situation you can provide valuable advice for students. You can approach for math tuition options.

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  2. Your research is vital to helping present day mathematics teachers navigate the teaching, importance and applications of mathematics. There is much more to teaching mathematics, than telling students how to manipulate mathematics procedures to get answers. Teachers of old can be a resource to help today's teachers manage discipline, create lessons that inspire and motivate and help the students to grasp the meaning of how mathematics is an integral part of other subjects and their daily lives.

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