Susan Courey

Professional Title
Assistant Professor
About Me (Bio)
Susan Courey, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and the Mild/Moderate Program Coordinator in the department of Special Education. Dr. Courey is currently directing a federally funded program improvement project to restructure and advance the special education credential program at San Francisco State University. In addition, she is working with the Stanford Research Institute to develop a dynamic middle school math textbook for pre-service teachers. Dr. Courey’s research interests are mathematics instruction for students with learning differences and Response to Intervention as a service delivery model. Her expertise is in proportional reasoning, especially fraction instruction for elementary students.
SRI International

This project aims to advance the preparation of preservice teachers in middle school mathematics, specifically on the topic of proportionality, a centrally important and difficult topic in middle school mathematics that is essential to students’ later success in algebra. To address the need for a workforce of high-quality teachers to teach this mathematics, the project is developing a digital text that could be widely used to communicate the unique transitional nature of middle school mathematics.

Concord Consortium

This project is developing technology-rich science curriculum exemplars for grades 3-6 based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. The project is testing the effectiveness of the approach and providing an exemplar that can inspire additional content and further development. A set of professional development materials to support teacher implementation of UDL science curriculum in the classroom is planned. Probes are used for lab investigations and computational models are used for experimentation in virtual environments.