This study is investigating the classroom factors and teacher characteristics that contribute to Latino English Language Learners' (ELL) gains in mathematics learning in the eighth grade. In addition to looking for key characteristics that influence mathematics learning, the researchers are measuring teachers' knowledge of mathematics for teaching, quality of instruction, and knowledge about English learners.
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BS in Mathematics, MBA
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I am a graduate research assistant for the project “Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners (MIELL)”. This project is investigating what teacher characteristics related to knowledge and skills contribute to Latino English language learners’ achievement gains in mathematics. MIELL is now in the process of collecting data at a school district in South Texas which has outperformed other school districts serving students with similar income levels. I am currently a third year doctoral student in the Mathematics Education program at Texas State University, and am working on my dissertation proposal within the MIELL project. My focus is on determining whether the background, preparation, and translanguaging (English/Spanish) of middle school teachers in the aforementioned school district are contributing to the mathematics learning gains of their bilingual students. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a MBA in my home country, Honduras, where I also was a mathematics college teacher for 10 years.