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Melissa D. Boston, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Instruction and Leadership in Education

G14 Canevin
Phone: 412.396.6109

Education:

Ed.D., Mathematics Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
M.A., Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
B.S., Mathematics / Secondary Education, Grove City College, 1992
Bio

Dr. Melissa Boston is an associate professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), where she teaches mathematics content and pedagogy courses for preservice secondary mathematics and elementary teachers. Melissa is involved in several professional development initiatives for mathematics teachers at the local, state, and national level. Melissa is the lead developer of the Instructional Quality Assessment (IQA) Mathematics Toolkit, a set of rubrics for analyzing mathematics teachers' instructional practices via classroom observations and collections of students' work. Melissa was awarded the Association of Teacher Educators' 2008 Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation research on teachers' learning and instructional change following their participation in the ESP workshop. Melissa has published articles in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, ZDM: International Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Educational Assessment, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and NCTM Yearbooks, and she assisted in the publication of materials to be used in professional development settings, entitled Improving Instruction in Mathematics: Using Cases to Transform Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Melissa has served on the NTCM 'student Explorations in Mathematics' committee (member, 2007-2008; Co-Chair, 2009) and as Secretary of PAMTE (2008-2012). She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the new AMTE/NCTM on-line journal Mathematics Teacher Education.

Courses

LTEC 321 Numeracy Content PK-4

EDLS 336/GSCE 536 Teaching Middle School Mathematics (Fall)

EDLS 341/GSCE 635 Teaching Secondary Mathematics (Spring)

Publications

Boston, M. D. (in press). Assessing the quality of mathematics instruction. To be published in Elementary School Journal, September, 2012.

Boston, M. D. (2012). Connecting changes in secondary mathematics teachers' knowledge to their experiences in a professional development workshop. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. [DOI: 10.1007/s10857-012-9211-6]

Boston, M. D & Smith, M. S. (2011). A -task-centric approach- to professional development: Enhancing and sustaining mathematics teachers' ability to implement cognitively challenging mathematical tasks. ZDM: International Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 43, 965-977 [DOI 10.1007/s11858-011-0353-2].

Boston, M. D. & Smith, M. S. (2009). Transforming secondary mathematics teaching: Increasing the cognitive demands of instructional tasks used in teachers' classrooms. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 40(2), 119-156.

Matsumura, L. C., Garnier, H. Slater, S. C., & Boston, M. (2008). Toward measuring instructional interactions -at-scale.' Educational Assessment, 13(4), 267-300.

Hughes, E. A., Smith, M. S., Boston, M. D., & Hogel, M. (2008). Case stories: Supporting teacher reflection and collaboration on the implementation of cognitively challenging mathematical tasks. In F. Arbaugh & P. M. Taylor (Eds.), Inquiry into Mathematics Teacher Education. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Monograph Series, Volume 5. AMTE: Reston, VA.

Boston, M. D. (2006). Developing secondary mathematics teachers' knowledge of and capacity of implement instructional tasks with high-level cognitive demands (Doctoral dissertation, University of Pittsburgh). Dissertation Abstracts International (Publication No. AAT 3223943).

Professional Development Books

Smith, M. S., Silver, E. A., Stein, M. K., Boston, M., Henningsen, M., & Hillen, A. F. (2005). Improving Instruction in Ratio and Proportion: Using Cases to Transform Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Volume 1. Teacher's College Press: New York.

Smith, M. S., Silver, E. A., Stein, M. K., Boston, M., Henningsen, M. (2005). Improving Instruction in Geometry and Measurement: Using Cases to Transform Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Volume 3. Teacher's College Press: New York.

Smith, M. S., Silver, E. A., Stein, M. K., Henningsen, M., Boston, M., & Hughes, E. (2005). Improving Instruction in Algebra: Using Cases to Transform Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Volume 2. Teacher's College Press: New York.

Presentations

Research Presentations (2009-2012)

Steele, M. S. & Boston, M. D. (April, 2012). Using student work as a reflection on instruction. Paper presentation at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Colby, G. & Boston, M. D. (April 2012). Examining instructional quality and student achievement in mathematics. Paper presentation at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Boston, M. D. (April 2012). Tools of the Trade, Part 3. Invited presentation at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

King, S. O., Stein, M. K., Schunn, C., & Boston, M. (April, 2012). Designing educative teacher guides for informal learning. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, CN.

Boston, M.D.., Henrick, E. C., & Gibbons, L. K. (2011, November). Promoting academic excellence and systemic change by positioning principals as content-area instructional leaders: The case of mathematics. Paper presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Berebitsky D., Henrick, E. C., Larbi-Cherif, A., & Boston, M.D. (2011, November). Developing instructional leadership through content-specific professional development. Paper presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Colby, G., Boston, M.D. & Smith, T.M. (2011, September). Examining relationships between instructional quality and student achievement in middle-grades mathematics. Paper presentation at the Fall 2011 Conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, D.C.

Boston, M.D. (2011, April).Connecting teachers' learning and instructional change to professional development experiences. Paper presentation at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.

Boston, M.D. & Colby, G. (2011, April). Identifying meaningful aspects of mathematics instruction. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Boston, M.D. & Gibbons, L. (2011, April). Using classroom observation instruments to improve principal's capacity as instructional leaders in mathematics. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Garrison, A. & Boston, M.D. (2011, April). Assessing instructional quality in mathematics to provide pathways for school improvement. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Colby, G. T., Gibbons, L. K, Henrick, E. C., Wong, J. W. & Boston, M.D. (2010, October) Supporting middle-grades principals as instructional leaders in mathematics. Paper presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Boston, M. D. (2009, April). Assessing mathematics teachers' instructional practices. Paper presentation at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Boston, M. D., & Smith, M. S. (2009, April). Are mathematics teachers' instructional improvements sustained over time? Paper presentation at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Boston, M. D. (2009, January). Linking professional development to changes in secondary mathematics teachers' knowledge of cognitive demands. Paper presentation at the 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Research

Ongoing: Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) STEM Initiative, External evaluator

Project Director Nancy Tsupros (PA IU1 Mathematics and Science Center)

Ongoing: ITEST Robotics Project, Research Consultant

Principal Investigators Christian Schunn and Mary Kay Stein (University of Pittsburgh)

Ongoing: Instructional Quality Assessment (IQA) Mathematics Toolkit,

Training and Research Consultant:

Arizona State University (PI Pat Thompson), Educational Development Center, Michigan State University (PI Michael Steele), Mid-continental Center for Research on Education and Learning, Denver, CO (PI Andrea Beesley); MDRC Research Center (PI Janet Quint). North Carolina State University (PI Paola Sztajn), Ohio University (PI Greg Foley), University of Pennsylvania (PIs Jolley Christman and Jon Supovitz), and Vanderbilt University (PIs Paul Cobb and Tom Smith).

May 2010- December 2011: Duquesne University and Carnegie Learning, Inc., Principal Investigator

Summer Workshops to Improve Instruction in Mathematics

May, 2009-December, 2011: Duquesne University and Vanderbilt University:

Designing Learning Experiences to Enhance School Leadership in Mathematics Education

Project Director, with Erin Henrick and Paul Cobb.

May 2007- May 2011: Vanderbilt University:

Middle School Mathematics and the Institutional Setting of Teaching (MIST) Project,

Research Consultant; Principal Investigators Paul Cobb and Thomas Smith

August 2006- June 2009: Enhancing Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation (ESP) Project Follow-Up Study; Principal Investigator, with Margaret Smith (University of Pittsburgh)

August 2003-August 2005: Enhancing Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation (ESP) Project, Project Director; Principal Investigators Margaret Smith, Ellen Ansell, Paul Gartside, and Beverly Michael (University of Pittsburgh)

August 2000-August 2005: Instructional Quality Assessment (IQA) Project, Lead Developer, IQA Mathematics Rubrics; Principal Investigators Lauren Resnick, Brian Junker, and Lindsay Clare Matsumura (University of Pittsburgh)

August 1998- August 2003: Cases of Mathematics Instruction to Enhance Teaching (COMET), Graduate Research Assistant; Principal investigators Margaret Smith, Edward Silver, and Mary Kay Stein (University of Pittsburgh)